Stokes County Superintendent Dr. Brad Rice publically thanked Capella Church of Christ in King at Monday’s school board meeting for a generous donation of $4,950 to help offset unpaid lunch fees for the 2016-17 school year.
Rice said the church’s mission outreach team contacted the school system and expressed a desire to help clear out some of the debt, but wanted to be fair to all of the schools in the district.
There were five schools with outstanding charges totaling less than $50 and they each received a gift of $150. The remaining 14 schools had outstanding charges totaling more than $50 and received $300.
At the end of the school year the county’s unpaid lunch fees were estimated to be around $11,000, although Rice said principals continue to call families in hopes to recuperate the funds.
“We’re required to have a child nutrition program that operates in the black and because of that requirement, when schools build up lunch fees they’re required to pay for it out of their general fund,” Rice said. “So, this is a blessing. This relieves a tremendous financial burden off of the schools.”
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.