PASSAIC - The Passaic School District says it struggled before reaching the decision to not allow students to obtain lunch in the cafeteria if their parents owed more than $50 on their lunch bills. The district says it was forced to make the cut. Superintendent Dr. Robert Holster says that "it's been a growing concern and it's driven not just by the position of the local board, but by federal and state regulations - you can't run into a deficit."

Dr. Holster says the district ran up a deficit of nearly $131,000 due to unpaid lunch bills and that the district is already more than $22,000 in debt from this school year.

He says the schools are becoming overwhelmed by the services they have to provide.