Alcorn School District Superintendent Larry B. Mitchell said the new policy enacted by the board in February has helped the district recover debt.
The policy was written after USDA said all schools must have such a policy in place.
“It has helped us tremendously to get our numbers down,” said Mitchell. “We are in much better shape now compared to a few months ago.”
The districts delinquent lunch charge account was “well over $1,000,” according to Mitchell. Now the account is down to around $400.
The policy is a three-step process that begins when a student’s debt reaches $10. The process includes several attempts to collect the charge from the parents including phone calls and letters. The final step comes when the unpaid amount reaches $20 and the parent is asked to appear before the board.
According to the policy, every effort to collect payment is made before going to the school board.
Also if the parent or guardian of a child does not provide payment for a child’s lunch, the child is never refused a lunch.
The policy explains federal regulations require reconciled accounts by the end of the school term. Any outstanding debts are paid by the individual schools, which “is causing a burden on each school’s operating funds,” the policy states.
Applications for free and reduced lunch can be obtained at any time at the schools or at the district office. Online applications are also accepted. All information collected remains confidential.
In other news:
• Roof project bills were paid earlier this month by school board officials.
“The roofs look really good. I’m well pleased,” Mitchell said. “The repairs have fixed all the leaks we previously had.”
The district paid more than $111,000 to Midwestern Commercial Roofers to repair roofs on school buildings on the Kossuth and Alcorn Central campus
The district also recently accepted two low bids for more roof work to be completed at Kossuth.
Midwestern Commercial Roofers won the bid of $21,720 for Kossuth High School gym locker rooms and $26,270 for Kossuth Elementary School pre-k building.
• The board recently accepted two donations.
Morden Woodmen has awarded a grant to Kossuth Middle School and Alcorn Central Middle School. KMS has received $500 for beatification of the campus, while ACMS was given $400 in matching funds for the football program.
• A handful of resignations and retirements and one hire were approved.
The board okayed the certified retirements of Alcorn Central High School teacher Katriena Burgess, district Special Services Director Stephanie Clausel and ACHS teacher/coach Charlette Foster. All three retirements take effective in June.
Three resignations were approved and they include KMS teacher Matt Carpenter, Kossuth High School teacher Eddie Harville and KHS teacher/coach Joe Dan Roberts. All three resignations are effective on July 31.
Missy Voyles was hired as pre-k teacher assistant at Alcorn Central Elementary School.
The next regular school board meeting is set for May 8 at 5:30 p.m.
A special called budget meeting to hire staff is April 24 at 5 p.m.