Special meeting to discuss Minot lunch policy

MINOT, N.D. – The Minot Public School board will hold a special meeting Thursday night to discuss the district’s meal-charging procedures, after changes to the program stirred backlash from parents and community members.

The part of the policy change that drew particular ire on social media involved the chance of an outstanding debt being sent to collection, though Superintendent Dr. Mark Vollmer told Your News Leader the district has never taken a family to collection over unpaid lunch fees.

The policy, which went into effect in January, allows a student to accrue up to $15 dollars in debt, and after that limit, the student is provided with an alternative lunch.

Parents are notified when their child meets the limit, and have 15 days to pay off the debt.

Vollmer encourages parents who are having issues with paying for their child’s meals to work with their schools to apply for a free or reduced lunch.

The open meeting is this Thurs., Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the board room at the MPS Administration Building.

More than 7,700 students are enrolled across Minot Public Schools.