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Parents Pay or Child Doesn't Eat

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Natchez-Adams County School Superintendent Frederick Hill says the district is deep in debt. He blames it on parents not paying for their childrens' school lunches.

Over 90% of families qualify for a free school lunch in the district. Less than 10% do not and have to pay. Hill says those families were given the option of charging the balance to an account, but he says that will no longer be the case. Parents must pay up front for any future meals.

Hill says the district owes the state over $100,000 for the school lunch program. He says until the school collects the money from such parents, the district will have to take money out of the budget.

Hill says payment plans will be available for parents who still owe for previous lunches., but they will still have to pay up front for any future meals.

Payment plans will also be available next school year.

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