LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming school district plans to be more proactive in collecting lunch debt because the district's liability for unpaid lunches has reached nearly $120,000,

Sodexo, which is managing the school lunch program in Laramie's schools, will start by mailing statements to the parents of students with negative balances and try to work out payment plans.

Albany County Schools business manager Ed Goetz says Sodexo also plans to email statements to families and follow up with phone calls in the case of large overdue balances.

Under a previous policy, account deficits exceeding $100 were turned over to a collections agency. About 200 accounts have been turned over to collections since 2016.

Goetz says district employees will no longer be allowed to charge lunches.

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