Guilford taxpayers out $500K for school lunches

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Guilford County’s school board wants to close a $500,000 cost caused by school meals unpaid by students and their parents.

The Greensboro News & Record reported the district’s proposed $625 million budget for next year includes using local money to cover unpaid meal charges. The school district allows elementary and middle school students to charge meals without limit.

Chief financial officer Sharon Ozment says the district does not want to embarrass poor children or let them go hungry. Principals must notify parents of unpaid charges and encourage them to apply for subsidized meals.

School districts in Forsyth, Davidson, and Durham counties limit the amount students can charge. Some hire collection agencies or prohibit students with debts from participating in trips or dances.

Credit: The Associated Press.