If a student is denied food because their balance is too low, Metzler said, there are often other ways to get them lunch.
“Sometimes an administrator will pay for the meals out of pocket,” he said. “They’ll then contact the parent and alert them to what happened.”
Kellie Farrington, who has a student at Hampstead Central School, said taking meals away from students is unfair.
“I don’t feel any child should be left without a lunch,” she said. “I don’t agree with that at all. I think there can still be better ways of notifying them if the account goes over.”
Rob Collins, chairman of the Timberlane School Board, said he was pleased with the changes he’s seen.
“It’s been excellent,” he said. “Things are running more smoothly and more efficiently that I can tell.”
More meals are being served, too.
Students have bought 14,327 more meals at Timberlane this year and 188 more meals at Hampstead.