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|Knoxville Students Bringing Their Lunch Money
|Not long after the Knoxville School District issued a warning to parents about making sure their students' lunch bills were paid up, the district says the problem has almost solved itself.
District-202 Superintendent Larry Carlton says he sent out letters several days ago to parents to announce that students would no longer be able to essentially keep a deficit on their school lunch accounts or they'd be essentially forced to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch, most of those deficits have been paid up -- roughly, all but $700 of nearly $2,500 in deficits between the district's three buildings.
Carlton told the Knoxville School Board during a special meeting Wednesday night just exactly where those deficits are coming from has shifted as they money has come in. "We had charges from students at Mabel Woolsey (Elementary School) at $486 (in November), the Junior High at $1,033, and the high school $868," Carlton said. "Since the letter went out, Mabel Woolsey is now at $198 -- that's as of (December 2), the Junior High is at $49, and the high school has cut it in half to $444."
Carlton says he thinks many of the deficits came from students who would go through ala carte lines to buy food instead of getting the free or reduced-cost lunch they might otherwise qualify for.
Carlton says no more checks used to put money on students' lunch accounts have bounced, and many parents are already using the feature on the Knoxville School District website to pay the student balances online.
(The Knoxville High School Cafeteria sat quiet Wednesday night. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|12 04 08 by Newsroom
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