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Davidson Co. schools struggle to pay lunch debts


LEXINGTON, NC (AP) -- Davidson County students who repeatedly
forget their lunch money may wind up with a cold sandwich rather
than a hot meal.

WGHP-TV reported Thursday that the Davidson County Board of
Education hopes to avoid unpaid lunch fees, which last year totaled

Schools spokeswoman Brittany Benge says covering such debt means
less money for salaries and school equipment.

Board members are considering nightly phone calls to parents who
are more than $11 behind. Cafeterias also would serve
debtor-students a modified lunch, consisting mainly of a peanut
butter and jelly sandwich.

When a student's unpaid lunch fees approach $40, the account
would be referred to a collection agency.

Benge says anyone who can't afford the $2.50 meals can sign up
for the state's free- and reduced-price lunch program.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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