School district: Pay lunch bill or lose activities
Officials says they'll crack down on delinquent lunch bill payments by taking away students’ extracurricular activities.
A southeast Ohio school district says it will penalize students who owe more than $50 in their lunch bills by taking away their extracurricular activities.
WTOV-TV reports that the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District notified parents of the move this week.
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"I asked them to alert their parents and students that overdue lunch accounts need to be paid up," Superintendent Larry Elliott told WTOV-TV. "It was a decision of the board and the administration that those student would no longer be able to participate in extracurricular activities."
Families and students will have two weeks to get their lunch accounts paid up before the penalty takes effect.
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Elliott told the news station that the decision to temporarily take away extracurricular activity privileges is something administrators don't want to have to enforce. They simply want people to take care of their unpaid bills for the financially strapped school district.
Elliott said many district parents have been paying their bills without issue.
"Being fiscally responsible and good stewards of taxpayers, it is prudent that we just ask people to pay their bills," Elliott was quoted.
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I think it's fair, but if your kid doesn't do extra-curricular activities related to the school, what then? And parents, if you can't pay your school to feed your kid, you need to have them take lunch. There are so many programs in place to help needy kids; that the problem has gotten this bad is just ridiculous.
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