Schools in Beaufort County are facing close to $10,000 debt. It's coming from trying to feed their students
The problem is that meals aren't being paid for, which is making the school system cover the cost. Superintendent, Don Phipps says sometimes parents pre-pay a month's worth of lunches and students overspend the money.
"Sometimes a student may buy a second meal or something like that and the money may run out shorter than parents expected. Sometimes when we find out that there's a charge balance, it's because the parents didn't know the student had used up their money a week or two early." Said Phipps.
Phipps says parents should be aware that students on free and reduced lunch plans must fill out new applications for the program at the beginning of each school year. Some parents may think the program carries over and are unaware their kids are being charged.
Now the school district is calling parents to make them aware of charges their students are making at lunch. The district has enrolled 30 students in free and reduced lunch since the calls started last month and parents have paid down nearly $2000 in lunch debts.
Students are eligible to apply for the free and reduced lunch program at any time during the school year. However, outstanding charges made before enrolling in the program must still be paid.