Richmond schools seeking delinquent lunch money

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 3:14 PM
Last updated 5:32 PM
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5:30 P.M. UPDATE

The Richmond County School System has about 32,000 students.

But 124 who choose not to pay for their school lunches have created an enormous headache for the district.

Thsoe 124 students, Superintendent Frank Roberson told the school board this afternoon, are "wealthy," "resourceful" and have the means to pay the full price for lunch -- $1.75 in middle and high school, $1.50 in elementary -- but they instead choose to spend their lunch money on juice or water from the vending machine. And they get the "alternate meal," which is a peanut butter and jelly or cheese sandwich, with a fruit and milk, for free because the district absorbs the 67 cents that meal costs.

After a prolonged, 40-minute discussion, the board's Student Services Committee voted unanimously to recommend that the district administration be allowed to aggressively try to get the outstanding money from these students. The full board is expected to approve that measure during the regular meeting, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. today.

For more details, see Wednesday's edition of The Augusta Chronicle. And check back here for updates from the regular board meeting as developments warrant.

3:50 P.M. UPDATE

The Richmond County school board's Ad Hoc Committee decided at is brief meeting this afternoon to recommend that the full board adopt the state's proposed Conflict of Interest Policy for school board members.

The state developed the policy after legislation passed last year that changed ethics requirements for board members.

In December, the board approved the proposed model Code of Ethics.

Board members have said neither calls for significant changes from the policies the board already was using, but the new state law requires every Georgia school board to adopt the model policies, with the provision that boards can add to, but not subtract from them.

ORIGINAL POST:

The Richmond County Board of Education will hold three meetings today, thanks in part to last week's snow and ice storm that canceled a meeting scheduled for Jan. 11.

The first is at 3:30 p.m., an Ad Hoc Committee meeting, in the first-floor conference room of the district's headquarters at 864 Broad St.

At 4 p.m. in the board room in the same building, the board will hold committee meetings. Then, immediately following those, the board will hold its regular monthly meeting, at which most of the items discussed in the committee meetings will be voted on.

To see an agenda for the committee meetings, click here. For the regular meeting agenda, click here. No agenda was provided for the Ad Hoc Committee, but anything it discusses would have to go before the full board before it could be acted on.

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AmericanRose
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AmericanRose 01/18/11 - 06:10 pm
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Oh goodness, only 124

Oh goodness, only 124 students would rather have a peanut butter or cheese sandwitch, some milk and so on. This is dumb. What the commissioners and superintendent need to be doing is stop dragging their feet on how to handle bad behavior. If they
would send habitual disruptive students to alternative school, so the students wanting an education could learn, this would be a constructive
move in the right direction. Let those kids eat peanut butter sandwitches just maybe they like peanut butter.

dani
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dani 01/18/11 - 06:17 pm
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How about checking on those

How about checking on those who get a free lunch by falsely claiming eligibility.

micbare
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micbare 01/18/11 - 06:58 pm
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There is an easy way to stop

There is an easy way to stop this. Instead of a PBJ sandwich give a plate of lima beans or a baked sweet potato and a glass of water.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/18/11 - 07:37 pm
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micbare, I'm not sure, but

micbare, I'm not sure, but I'm thinking your idea borders on being "cruel and unusual punishment"! I LIKE it! I think you're right. Makes sense...in theory, they're still being offered a nutritious meal, but not one that is at the top of most people's favorites list.

usapatriot
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usapatriot 01/18/11 - 07:50 pm
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41 Obama White House aides

41 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $831000 in back taxes ...Sep 10, 2010 ... latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/.../congress-taxes-irs.html - Cached

usapatriot
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usapatriot 01/18/11 - 07:51 pm
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with examples like this,

with examples like this, who's concerned about a few school lunch dollars?

nevertoolate
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nevertoolate 01/18/11 - 07:53 pm
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I find this

I find this interesting...usdebtclock.org.

PeggyRuth382
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PeggyRuth382 01/18/11 - 08:08 pm
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Based on what I've seen at

Based on what I've seen at these schools..ALL lunches should be free!!

Martinez
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Martinez 01/18/11 - 08:42 pm
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Worst part is, the kids

Worst part is, the kids probably get the food just to throw it away 10 minutes later. They just get it because in their minds "it's free". IMO, there should be a cap on alternate meals too. Give 1 alternate meal - OK. 2nd should be given with an application for free or reduced. 3rd - no meal. Either apply for free or reduced, to ensure the school gets funding to help pay for the meal, or bring your money.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 01/18/11 - 09:57 pm
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Or, write a check to send

Or, write a check to send with your kids.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/18/11 - 11:34 pm
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Let the little snots go

Let the little snots go hungry and send them home that way. Let momma and daddy feed them. It's not our responsibility to ensure they eat lunch. Any of them, rich or poor. They all either have working parents or parents that already get taxpayer subsidies to feed them. One of the worst things we ever did was start this "free lunch" stuff. If you worried as much about educating them as you do feeding them we might actually get a product that is usable when they come out the door in 12 years. Instead we get undereducated, overweight kids. Maybe we should contract the school system out to the K & W Cafeteria folks since most of the emphasis seems to be on feeding. I suspect K & W could feed them and educate them better and cheaper than our county school system anyway.

Hey school board.....NO FREE LUNCHES. If a kid wants to eat, it's prepay or cash on the barrel head. How many times does the taxpayer have to pay for these little snot's food?

AmericanRose
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AmericanRose 01/19/11 - 01:19 am
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Another thing, you can bet

Another thing, you can bet there will always be pizza and french fries
at every meal, in every school, everyday. French fries are on everyone's
tray. This is one of the choices. Who at the board makes up these lunches. They might as well inject fat right into our kids every day.

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