Columbus launches probe into improper participation in school lunch program

May 27, 2011
One principal resigned after district discovered her children were receiving subsidized meals

From The Columbus Dispatch: An investigation has been launched in the Columbus (Ohio) district to determine whether any other children of district employees are improperly receiving a free or reduced-price lunch. But officials say they may not be able to legally provide the information needed to conduct the review. The district is seeking a legal ruling from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the lunch program. The audit was launched after a principal was accused of signing up her children for subsidized lunches even though her family's income was too high to qualify. She has since resigned.

Earlier...from The Columbus Dispatch: A principal in the Columbus (Ohio) district with a $90,000 annual salary signed up her own children to receive school-lunch subsidies meant for poor students. Kimberly N. Jones, the principal at Stewart Elementary School, resigned after the district threatened to fire her. For the past two years, her two children, who attended schools in the district, paid only 40 cents per lunch because Jones claimed on federal school-lunch forms that her salary was $2,100 a month.

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