Framingham schools get tough on unpaid lunch tabs

May 12, 2010

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass.—Framingham school officials are vowing to get tough on parents who are delinquent on their kids' lunch accounts.

Director of Business Administration Ed Gotgart tells The MetroWest Daily News that the district is considering hiring a former police officer just to collect $37,000 in unpaid lunch bills. If that doesn't work, the district may initiate legal action.

Director of Food Services Brendan Ryan says one out of every five students in the district owes at least $10 in lunch money. The district sends parents letters when they owe more than $10, but that approach isn't working.

Officials say parents don't pay their children's lunch tabs because there is no fear of retribution -- no child is ever denied lunch, no matter how much they owe.


Information from: MetroWest Daily News,

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