The Canon-McMillan School District of Pennsylvania has instated a very unpopular new policy in regards to student lunches, and cafeteria worker Stacy Koltiska wouldn't bear it.
WPXI reports that the policy is in effect statewide and meant to get parents to pay for delinquent lunch accounts for their students. According to the new rules, if a student has an account that’s delinquent by $25 or more, the student has to forfeit his or her hot lunch and receive a cheese sandwich in its place. For high school kids, there is no substitute, not even a slice of cheese between two pieces of bread.
When Koltiska, who was in charge of the cash register at the end of the lunch line, was forced to refuse one boy his lunch, she felt she had a moral obligation to resign. “As a Christian, I have an issue with this,” she said in a Facebook post. “It’s sinful and shameful is what it is.”
She also said she’d never forget the look in the little boy’s eyes when she was forced to take away his food.
Koltiska then took to Facebook to spread the word of the new lunch policy, and was met with overwhelming support.
According to The Washington Post, the Canon-McMillan school district’s superintendent, Matthew Daniels, said that the policy has cut down on the number of parents who don’t keep current on their lunch accounts. Daniels also noted that the policy is used only for those who can pay for lunches; students who qualify for financial assistance aren’t included.
“There has never been the intent with the adoption of this policy to shame or embarrass a child,” Daniels said to WTAE. But, the policy has been working as it was meant to. Upon implementation, there were over 300 families who were delinquent on accounts; following implementation, there are less than 70, Daniels reports.
According to The Washington Post, School board member Joe Zupancic added, “We knew it would be a difficult situation. No one wants to single out kids, least of all a school district.”
Koltiska expressed that she believes the policy is a mistake. “They’re suits at a board meeting,” she said. “They are not the ones facing a child and looking them in the eye and taking their food away.”
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