District hires col­lec­tion agency over un­paid school lunches

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CRANSTON (AP) — A Rhode Is­land school district has hired a col­lec­tion agency to re­cover un­paid lunch bal­ances.

Cranston Pub­lic Schools Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Ray­mond Votto Jr. says in a let­ter sent to par­ents Transworld Sys­tems will start col­lect­ing money Jan. 2.

He says the district wrote off about $95,500 in un­paid lunches from Septem­ber 2016 through June 2018. The cur­rent un­paid bal­ance is $45,859.

Votto says the school district has tried to col­lect un­paid bal­ances in the past with­out much suc­cess. He says the lunch pro­gram can­not con­tinue to lose rev­enue.

Votto says the col­lec­tion agency will send a let­ter to par­ents who owe $20 or more and who haven’t paid their bal­ance within 60 days.

Stu­dents who owe money will re­ceive the same lunches pay­ing stu­dents re­ceive.

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