Sheridan School District Needs Lunch Money
Your local district may need help, too.
Some Arkansas school districts could face budgeting problems this year.
Because of inflation and rising living costs across America, families are facing near crisis level financial problems. While parents focus on paying bills and keeping their jobs, the education system is feeling the strain.
As the economy continues to decline, the Sheridan School District is experiencing an alarming issue.
On November 30, 2023, the Sheridan School District notified patrons and parents on social media about a rising problem.
According to that social media post, the district needs donations to cover the cost of meals.
As sports fans and the Sheridan School District continue to focus on building the Yellowjacket football program with the hiring of legendary high school football Coach Kevin Kelley, South Arkansas Reckoning wants to bring awareness to the growing debt associated with daily meals.
According to the Sheridan School District’s CFO, the current negative food services balance is $68,915.81 as of Jan. 5, 2024.
How did schools get to this point?
Sheridan is likely not alone in the accumulating unpaid cost of food services.
For several years, schools did not have to collect funds from students due to federal guidelines during the COVID pandemic. School districts were paid for all meals served by the Federal Child Nutrition program fund.
During the 2022-23 that ended. Schools had to return to collecting from students who did not qualify for free meals.
According to the Sheridan CFO, the school hit a negative balance of nearly $40,000 after funding ended. For the entirety of last year the total ran around $50,000.
At the end of the school year, the district was able to use donated funds to cover many of the negative balances.
The district is again seeing the total negative balances increase. The balance tends to rise during the first half of the school year. That’s because schools cannot send out reminder letters about needing to make payments until the district has all free and reduced meal applications processed. The total balance also increases around the holidays.
If you would like to donate to the Sheridan School District, contact Amanda Garner at 870-942-3135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check to see if donations are needed in your local school district.
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