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Thayer Board to consider lunch policy

Monday, February 14, 2011

On Feb. 10, the Thayer School Board will consider a new school lunch policy that would ban students from extracurricular activities if they owe more than $25 for cafeteria meals. Photo by Linda Greer
The Thayer R-2 School Board will consider Thursday, Feb. 10, whether to begin banning students from extracurricular activities if they owe more than $25 for cafeteria meals.

Last month, the board authorized Superintendent Dan Chappell to draft a letter to inform parents of the proposed policy change.

Missouri School Boards Association attorneys approved Chappell's letter this month, ensuring the new policy would be legal.

"MSBA is getting a lot of questions on issues like this," Chappell said Monday, Feb. 7.

In January, the district was owed about $5,400 in unpaid breakfast and lunch fees.

"We don't want students to not eat, but we have to do something," Chappell told the board in January.

Chappell said students who owe more than the $25 limit will not be immediately barred from participating in extracurricular activities or events. Instead, parents will be given 10 days to get their accounts below the limit.

In other business

* Chappell will update the board on an upcoming school lighting project. Old lights and fixtures are set to begin being replaced next week.

* The board will hear that the district received state approval to use leftover government stimulus funds to replace windows in the special education classrooms. A drop-ceiling also will be added, among other improvements.

* The board will consider renewing the principals' contracts and will set the date for graduation.

Meeting time

The Thayer R-2 School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in the high school library.

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Is the school looking into why the breakfasts and lunches aren't being paid for such as changes in a family's circumstances that might qualify them for reduced cost or free lunches when they may not have qualified for initially? I agree something should be done, but I don't think punishing the child for the parent's financial issues, is the solution.

-- Posted by blessedmama on Wed, Feb 16, 2011, at 12:40 AM

This is stupid. You can't punish kids for their parents owing lunch money. Is that going to benefit the child or help collect the money by witholding extracurricular activities? Do the children have any control? why not just torture the children until their parents pay up? or hold them for ransom in a barn somewhere? It also sounds UNCONSTITUTIONAL. At my child's school, they dont get lunch if they dont have money--they get a cheese sandwich--that's it. get them on free or reduced meal program or stop giving lunches "on credit".

-- Posted by conventional1 on Wed, Feb 16, 2011, at 11:28 AM

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