Schools to implement new ‘no charge’ food policy
When students return from their winter break, USD 204 will implement a new “No Charge Policy” for school meals.
Eric Hansen, business and human resources manager for the district, presented information about the policy at the Board of Education’s Dec. 10 meeting. He said the policy was developed to reduce or eliminate negative meal account balances in the district.
Currently, under certain circumstances, school cafeterias allow students to continue to charge meals even when they have a negative balance. Implementation of a policy that discontinues this practice will help protect the district against negative balances that become difficult for all parties to manage as they grow over time.
In the future, should a student attempt to charge a meal without an adequate balance in their meal account, they will be provided with a sunbutter and jelly sandwich (or a cheese sandwich) along with a carton of white milk and some fruit during lunch. Likewise, at breakfast, a meal consisting of cereal and milk will be provided.
Hansen also reviewed the district’s revenues and expenditures for school meals now that the meals are provided through the private firm Opaa. Hansen said at this point in the 2012 fiscal year, when the district was providing meals, revenues exceeded expenditures by $49,547. So far this year, revenues have exceeded expenditures by $44,903.