Passaic School District warns parents to pay for lunch

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

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.

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