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Freeport parents should pay up

June 20, 2018 News Extra

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The Freeport School District has hired a collection company to deal with the $15,000 in delinquent lunch accounts accrued by students.

BUFFALO TWP — Freeport School District parents with delinquent student lunch accounts should pay up or face an impact on their credit reports.

The school board voted last week to hire Creditech, a branch of Berkheimer and Associates, to serve as a collection agency for the many student lunch accounts that are in arrears.

Ryan Manzer, Freeport's business manager, said students will neither be shamed for having a delinquent account nor refused a basic lunch, but the growing number of delinquent accounts must be addressed.

Manzer said the total negative balance from delinquent lunch accounts is now $15,000.

The contract with Creditech begins on Aug. 15, and accounts with more than a $25 negative balance will be sent to the company on that date.

If parents pay their students' accounts or set up a payment plan with the district before Aug. 15, their account will not be sent to Creditech.

Those who wish to pay their account can send a check to Freeport School District, c/o Food Services Director Cassandra Mielke, 624 S. Pike Rd., Sarver, Pa. 16055.

Mielke can also set up payment plans, provide free and reduced lunch forms, or answer any questions at 724-295-5141, extension 1252.

A full story will appear in the Eagle.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.