Ohio students owing more than $10 get cheese sandwiches for lunch
FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2006 file photo, students eat lunch at Pleasant View Middle School in Springfield, Tenn. The U.S. government is trying new approaches to get kids to choose healthier foods. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) By MARK HUMPHREY
HOPEDALE, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio school district facing a $225,000 deficit says students behind on their lunch bills are being served cheese sandwiches until they've paid up.
Harrison Hills City schools Superintendent George Ash says the district has "basically been giving away lunches to students without any repercussions, and even some adults." He didn't know how much was owed, but says one teacher recently had a tab of $88.
Bread and cheese, a fruit cup and milk are served to staff and students who owe more than $10. The policy does not affect low-income students, who make up 60 percent of the district's population of about 1,800.
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