Marion County R-II families could face a difficult situation if they fail to keep up with their lunch payments.

The R-II Board of Education approved a change to the school district’s lunch policy, which could include a trip to Small Claims Court, during their meeting last week, at which they also heard an update on the district’s new accounting software, heard enrollment figures and discussed date changes during executive session.

According to the board minutes, once a family’s combined account balance is negative $50 administration will call the parent or guardian to set up payment arrangements.  

At the end of the school year, any family with a combined account balance that is negative $250 will be taken to Small Claims Court if no agreement can be reached.  

In addition to the changes to address payment issues, the board also approved an alternative lunch of a peanut butter sandwich which will be provided free of charge for any student who is unable to purchase a second entree or simply wants to eat more. 

In other business, Superintendent Deacon Windsor report the new accounting Software Unlimited went live Sept. 1.  

“There is still information to be uploaded from our old accounting program, Chalkable, but  hopefully in the next week we will be able to use Software Unlimited 100 percent,” he said.

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.