District considers hiring collection agency for lunch debts

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CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire school district is contemplating hiring a collection agency to manage $32,000 in unpaid lunch bills.

WMUR-TV reports Claremont School Board officials have sent letters to families who owe money to no avail. Officials say some parents owe hundreds of dollars.

Interim Superintendent Keith Pfeifer says the district understands the "fiscal needs" of some families. However, Pfeifer says $32,000 is a "significant issue."

The district will forgive those who owe less than $20. Officials say they won't deny any student lunch.

Some parents disagree with the idea of the district using a collection agency to handle debts.

The school board plans to discuss the matter at a meeting Sunday.


Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

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