West Central School Board Approves Student Lunch Account Policies

The West Central School Board has approved some new policies for what happens if students fall behind in their lunch payments.

Superintendent Don Street says the procedures for student lunch meal accounts were adopted last week at the recommendation of the Indiana School Boards Association. “It gives procedures [for] if a child does not have the money and they’re not on free and reduced lunch, how much or how many meals may be charged to that account before they have an alternative lunch, and it lays out the procedures for that,” he explains.

Street says another new policy outlines what the corporation will do if families fall further behind in their payments. “The collection and forgiveness of debt [policy] lays out the procedure if a student’s lunch account does get a debt involved, and when, as a school, do we go through the proper court system in collecting that money,” he says. “And if we know that if that money cannot be collected, we go through the forgiveness of debt, and it lays out the procedure for that.”

In other business last week, the West Central School Board approved the creation of a new account to accept money received from local income taxes. Street says the move was brought about by changes in state law. “That money was deposited into the Capital Projects, Bus Replacement, Transportation Fund, and now state law does not allow that,” he explains. “So we created a resolution to create a separate fund for that.”

Also during last week’s meeting, the school board approved the appointment of Roberta Geyer to the Francesville-Salem Township Public Library Board.