Ames schools lunch policy spurs controversy

The top administator in the Ames School District says they're between a rock and a hard place when it comes to it's school lunch budget.  The school board came under fire recently for renewing a US Department of Agriculture policy that places restrictions on students who's lunch account balances are $25 or more in the hole.  Elementary students who run that kind of deficit will get an alternative lunch, while middle and high school students may not get a lunch. Superintendent Tim Taylor says the policy prompted the district to reach out to families who qualify for free or reduced lunch and may have been unnecessarily paying full price for those meals. Taylor takes issue with members of the public who accuse the district, and the school board, for caring only about the bottom line. He says the lunch account policy has reduced the district's deficit from $109,000 two years ago, to around $43,000 this year.


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