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New school lunch sales system displays pictures

Middle and high school students will have something to read while waiting in line for lunch beginning this fall. Display monitors are being installed with menu, pricing and nutrition information, according to District 833 Nutrition Services Director Barb Osthus.

She also told the school board at a workshop meeting that one-third of the "older-style point of sale" systems used by students to pay for school lunches, were replaced this year and another one-third will be replaced in 2009-2010 with the final one-third in 2010-2011.

Replacement models display student pictures to improve the accuracy of keeping track of accounts in addition to reducing student misuse.

All secondary schools will be "cashless" this fall when Net Cash machines are installed in Woodbury, Park and East Ridge high schools, according to Osthus.

Students deposit money into machines that is immediately applied to their lunch accounts.

Junior high nutrition workers, this year, have noticed that using Net Cash has cut down the number of students borrowing money from other students, which slowed down lunch lines, Osthus said.

Judy Spooner
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