WEST ORANGE, NJ — With the outstanding meal account balance now at approximately $29,000 in the West Orange Public Schools district, the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) passed a new policy on Monday that will help the school business administrator better track and collect the funds for unpaid meals.
According to the policy, students without breakfast/lunch money will be allowed to select a meal from a limited menu, and that payment for that meal should be made by the student the following school day.
In addition, the policy states that the administrator will notify the principal when the student has accumulated $20 of unpaid meal charges. In turn, the principal will notify parents/guardians of the breakfast/lunch arrears. Payment will be due within ten school days, according to the WOBOE.
If this does not occur, a second notification will be sent out. It will include a statement that if payment in full is not made within one week from the date of the second notice, the student may not be served school breakfast or lunch beginning on the eighth calendar day from the date of the second notice.
Lab said the goal is to get most of the school meals paid up “without embarrassing the students.” She added that parents should be proactive in paying for the meals, and not wait to be billed.
Payments can be mailed/brought to the Food Service Department at the WOBOE, 179 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, NJ; or payments can be paid via credit card or debit card through Meal Pay Plus.
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The next WOBOE meeting is scheduled for Nov. 20.