Columbus schools to go after lunch de...

Columbus schools to go after lunch deadbeats

There are 78 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 29, 2011, titled Columbus schools to go after lunch deadbeats. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Columbus City Schools would get tough on parents - and maybe kids - who don't pay what they owe the district for lunches under a Food Services Department proposal released yesterday.

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Bob

Columbus, OH

#21 Jul 29, 2011
Bobcat wrote:
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Are you serious? If I borrow your power tools and never return them, may I blame you for being so dumb as to let me have them? This story is a no brainer, if you eat then pay. If you can not afford to eat...then fill out the paper work to eat on everyone else's dime. Schools get lambasted if they refuse to feed children with irresponsible/poor parents because its not the child's fault. Now you would also lambast them because the "parents" are irresponsible? Exactly when does society expect a person to act like an adult?
As to the fraud, this should be in a separate article as its a different story and was only thrown in to get the goat of people like you that think its always someone else's fault when things aren't rosy. The fraud should be prosecuted and those responsible should lose their jobs. BTW, in some rural school districts, a newly hired school employee with a family of 4 may qualify for reduced lunch.
Please re-evaluate your position (or send me your powertools).
You basically agree with me on all points except - I feel it's incompetent for CSD to allow the debt to grow to $1M before a plan is set in place. How many lunches is that?

Your analogy is hilarious and doesn't represent the situation at all. If I allowed you to borrow $2 a day, every day and let it go for a month or two - yes I am incompetent for continuing to lend you that $2 when I know you haven't repaid me for the previous 30-60 days.
Bob

Columbus, OH

#22 Jul 29, 2011
Ever heard of "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me"?

And yes society is messed up. We shouldn't have parents/children charging their school lunches on credit to this extent.
Hilliard resident

Columbus, OH

#23 Jul 29, 2011
Gonna turn it over to a collection agency to strong-arm a juvenile? Good luck! Last time I checked, someone under the age of 18 doesn't have the ability to enter into a binding contract...it takes their parent or guardian to bind a contract. From a legal perspective, can a collection agency even contact a minor and try and collect?
ramseyjames

United States

#24 Jul 29, 2011
Simple solution: there should be "NO FREE LUNCHES"! PERIOD! You breed em, you feed em!
Anonymous

Newark, OH

#25 Jul 29, 2011
CCS Shares Blame wrote:
Personally I believe CPS is partially to blame. As a parent of a CPS student, I had no idea that I my son had unpaid lunches until the last week of the school year when a note came home with him. CPS does not have an online lunch program system where you can manage your child's school lunches like many other districts do. There is no way to know what your child's balance is, or even if there is one, unless you go to the school at lunch time and talk to the staff managing lunches. I do my best to be responsible and would never expect my children to get a free lunch, however in the past they have left their lunch at home and not communicated with me about getting a hot lunch. If I could periodically log into the CPS web site and pay by debit/credit instead of writing a check on the last and busiest week of the school year it would be a whole lot easier.
Part of the communication problem lies with Adults sometimes you have to be straight forward and just talk to them
Dogtown

Columbus, OH

#26 Jul 29, 2011
No money? No lunch. How about that? If a kid doesn't have lunch money 2 days in a row...turn them over to the police for these dirtbags starving their kids.

How in the world did it get to this point?$1,000,000? Give me a break.

More coddling of loser parents.
N D Know

United States

#27 Jul 29, 2011
I bet there is bigger waste with the downtown administration than parents not paying their bills. I can see the charter schools using this as an incentive to attract more students by supplying free lunches!! LOL. Columbus City Schools should get rid of Gene Harris!!!!!
Mike

Portsmouth, OH

#28 Jul 29, 2011
Are you kidding me. This should have been the practice all along. Idiots are running everything now days.
harvey

Columbus, OH

#29 Jul 29, 2011
Agreed, make these people pay up. It's outrageous they're just allowed to keep on running up a tab at the taxpayers' expense.

And FIRE any adult employee who's getting free lunches.
The Real Private Citizen

Commercial Point, OH

#30 Jul 29, 2011
Yet another one of the Whiteman's ploys to criminalize, demonize, and increase the 'Black prison population'.

This S*** is pathetically petty.
Come on now really?
...school lunches?
What a bunch of losers.
Dan Gleesack

Columbus, OH

#32 Jul 29, 2011
Hey folks, if you can't afford to feed 'em, don't breed 'em. And you know who you are.
I know that sounds simple enough. But come on, work with me here.
Thunder Lizard

Chillicothe, OH

#33 Jul 29, 2011
How many of these deadbeats are teachers,principals administrators? 2 made the paper last year I am sure there are more.
dingydougie

Richwood, OH

#35 Jul 29, 2011
Here is a simple and surefire way to collect all of the money without having to give a cut of it to a debt collection agency: Place an emergency school levy on the ballot. Remember, it's for the children.

Since: Jun 10

Canal Winchester, OH

#36 Jul 29, 2011
The huge unpaid lunch totals is further evidence that the Columbus schools administrators are like chickens without heads. They run around helter-skelter and know nothing about what is going on around them.
They ought to get out of their daily routines and find out what it takes to properly run the business end of their institution.
Reader

Columbus, OH

#37 Jul 29, 2011
CCS Shares Blame wrote:
Personally I believe CPS is partially to blame. As a parent of a CPS student, I had no idea that I my son had unpaid lunches until the last week of the school year when a note came home with him. CPS does not have an online lunch program system where you can manage your child's school lunches like many other districts do. There is no way to know what your child's balance is, or even if there is one, unless you go to the school at lunch time and talk to the staff managing lunches. I do my best to be responsible and would never expect my children to get a free lunch, however in the past they have left their lunch at home and not communicated with me about getting a hot lunch. If I could periodically log into the CPS web site and pay by debit/credit instead of writing a check on the last and busiest week of the school year it would be a whole lot easier.
Brilliantly stated. But, it is all to common to hold the system blameless and go for ways to punish parents. Ongoing communication with parents in the district about any issue is very poor, not well planned and haphazard. Using the tape-dialer to call people hasn't worked very well thus far for other things (such as attendance issues), and serves to stand in the way of an opportunity to build relationships with parents.

The district, I believe, still hires parents at each school to do something about parent involvement. How about using them to recruit a task force to gather input from parents that would help to improve the overall payment system--instead of waiting until their is a big problem and then selling the debt to a collection agency?
Dogtown

Columbus, OH

#38 Jul 29, 2011
N D Know wrote:
I bet there is bigger waste with the downtown administration than parents not paying their bills. I can see the charter schools using this as an incentive to attract more students by supplying free lunches!! LOL. Columbus City Schools should get rid of Gene Harris!!!!!
Seriously, I knew some shameless tax and spender would actually defend this criminality. So, now let's turn our attention to "the administration" and that waste, without addressing this criminal act by negligent parents?

heck, why make anyone pay? Just pay what you feel like paying.

people like you - is why this country is going bankrupt. No rules, just diversion. No accountability. You're shameless.
Reader

Columbus, OH

#39 Jul 29, 2011
harvey wrote:
Agreed, make these people pay up. It's outrageous they're just allowed to keep on running up a tab at the taxpayers' expense.
And FIRE any adult employee who's getting free lunches.
They might get a better bang for their buck by offering a one week amnesty to any school employee willing to fess up an pay what they owe.
George Bursck

Hilliard, OH

#40 Jul 29, 2011
You might be a UNON thug if you are not smart enough to collect the lunch money up front?
You might need to go back to scool yourself
Nada

Columbus, OH

#41 Jul 29, 2011
George Bursck wrote:
You might be a UNON thug if you are not smart enough to collect the lunch money up front?
You might need to go back to scool yourself
Your spelling suggests that you could use some schooling.
HookedOnPhonics

Columbus, OH

#42 Jul 29, 2011
JPA wrote:
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How did your child learn it is OK to steal food?...Keep it Simple.
Q: What did your kid do with all that lunch money??? Play station?

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