Superintendent’s Message

September 29, 2017


Dear Parents,

I am writing this letter to remind parents about our food service debt policy. The goal of
our food service department is to provide a high quality and healthy meal each and every
day. Dave Ruszel, our food service director, takes great pride in developing meals that the
students like and also meet all of the USDA requirements.

And speaking of requirements, USDA Policy Memorandum SP 46-2016 requires all School
Food Authorities (SFAs) operating federal school meal programs to have a written and
clearly communicated policy. Below is our current policy.

From the first day of school through Memorial Day, all students and district staff
members will be limited to charging up to thirty dollars ($30), for unpaid lunches at
time of purchase. Once the delinquent balance of a student reaches thirty dollars ($30)
an alternative meal will be served for middle and high school students. From Memorial
Day through the end of the school year adults and students will not be allowed to carry
a negative balance.

An alternative meal consists of a cheese or peanut butter sandwich, fruit, and milk.
When a student’s balance falls below zero parents will be notified via email or letter, so
they can send cash or check to the school or deposit money through the Send Money to School
link on the Leland Public School website.

If you are in need of financial assistance through the free and reduced lunch program,
please go to and fill out the appropriate forms or you may obtain paper forms
in the front office. If you need assistance with this or have questions about the policy please
contact the food service department at 256-3808.


Thank you,

Jason Stowe

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