Threat of cheese sandwiches gets $29,000 in lunch debts paid

Parents cough up to aid in $105,000 lunch debt.

July 25—Parents have forked over nearly $29,000 to the Spotsylvania County (Va.) school division since the School Board announced that students would start getting cheese sandwiches for lunch if meal debts went unpaid.

The policy change went into effect April 1 and was prompted by concerns that debts to student meal accounts had risen so high that the division risked dipping into its instructional funds to cover them.

That concern arose in January when the debt topped $105,000.