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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storm

When preparing for inclement weather, we make agreements with all the foodservice providers in the area—not just our prime vendor—since you never know if one will cut off from resupply. For example, when Hurricane Harvey hit, we were ready to purchase from San Antonio and Dallas rather than Houston due to the high water.

Ideas and Innovation
tray

We decided to get rid of plastic trays 
and now offer cardboard trays in 
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Ideas and Innovation
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We decided through focus group feedback that our freshmen struggled with the allergy-friendly options or options for students with diabetes on campus. In response, we decided to have a dinner the first few weeks of classes to let some of these students know what was available and let them network with their peers and others with allergies or diabetes. NC State Dining chefs prepared menu items based on foods from cultures around the world. ... From delicious sliced sweet potatoes to savory Ikarian-style roasted chicken, students were able to sample global dishes free of allergens.

Ideas and Innovation
coffee cups

We started a monthly Coffee Hour with just the department director. The goal is to gather 
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several staff members emailed stating they just wanted to meet with the director without 
their supervisors. Now, the meetings offer an opportunity for more of a one-on-one conversation without the presence of the supervisor they 
deal with day in and day out.

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