No graduation if school lunch debt not paid

Massachusetts district employing strict measures to recoup lost school lunch money.

July 9—Dennis Moore, the Ashby representative to the North Middlesex Regional School Committee, is questioning whether the policy committee can impose a policy that withholds report cards and prohibits students from walking at graduation if they have an outstanding school lunch balance.

Moore, who served on the committee for many years before stepping away from it six years ago, said he doesn't believe it is legal to assess restrictions like that on the student body.

According to the proposed policy, which is currently up for review by the public on the district's website, on a weekly basis, the food-services director will generate a charge-balance report. 

All the accounts that are nearing a zero balance or have gone into the negative will be flagged, and the list will go to all building principals.

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Carson City School District in Carson City, Nev., hosted its Breakfast with a Hero event this week, Carson Now reports.

Held at an elementary school, the event invited local law enforcement to serve breakfast and eat with students. Officials say the event was intended to help students connect and engage with local officers in a casual setting.

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Dining halls at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., are switching from traditional beef burgers to plant-based burgers this week, Central Michigan Life reports.

The plant-forward event is aimed at promoting healthy, sustainable eating on campus. Each evening, a different black bean burger will be offered at campus dining halls, including Greek-and Mexican-themed options and a Cool Sriracha burger.

School officials say they will see how popular the new burgers are with students and then decide if they should continue to offer more plant-based dishes....

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Spring Lake Grade School District in Manito, Ill., has planted an on-campus orchard to begin providing fresh fruit at lunch, The Journal Star reports.

Students and other members of the school community planted 20 apple, pear and peach trees this week. The district hopes to make its first harvest in about four years and wants to incorporate the produce into school meals. The trees were purchased using donations.

Spring Lake’s orchard is an extension of its school garden, which was planted last year and provides produce for the cafeteria.

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