RI School District Hires Collection Agency To Pursue Student Lunch Debt

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Cranston School District will begin referring parents with unpaid school lunch balances to a collection agency.

A school district in Rhode Island has hired a collection agency to go after families with unpaid school lunch balances, according to NBC News.

In a letter to parents, Raymond Votto Jr., chief operating officer of Cranston Public Schools, said the district has previously tried to collect outstanding lunch bills "without much success."

"In an effort to reduce our unpaid balance, the District has retained the services of a collection agency. The company is Transworld Systems and they will begin their collection efforts effective January 2, 2019," the letter said.

From September 2016 to June 2018, the district wrote off $95,508, Votto said, and the current outstanding balance stands at $45,859.

Lunch at a public elementary school in Cranston costs $2.50 per day. For middle school and high school students, it's $3.25 a day. Votto said parents who owe $20 or more and who haven't paid off the balance within 60 days will receive a letter from the collection agency starting next year.

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