WEST ORANGE, NJ — The outstanding meal account balance is currently $29,000 from the Township or West Orange's ten public schools, according to Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky.
During Monday's West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) meeting, Rutzky said that children who do not have the money to pay for lunch are given the food, and their families are billed for it.
“The majority of the outstanding balances for meal accounts are from people who are paying full price, not a reduced price due to financial hardships,” said WOBOE member Laura Lab.
“We have to make sure that students get the nutrition they need, but we also have to make sure that parents who can pay do so,” said WOBOE President Sandra Mordecai.
The board agreed to discuss possible solutions to this problem at its next meeting on Aug. 21.
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