HARRODSBURG - About 250 students in the Mercer County School District owe more than $7,000 in lunch money, and school officials are at a loss to remedy the situation.
"We've exhausted everything," Superintendent Bruce Johnson told the Mercer County Board of Education Tuesday evening at the board's regular meeting.
Since school staff members have exhausted every means available, Johnson suggested the matter be turned over to the board's attorney for legal action, if necessary, and the board approved his recommendation. He said he thinks it's possible to go after the money in small claims court.
The largest bill is at Mercer County Elementary School, where the tab is $4,391; students at King Middle School owe $1,568 and Mercer County High School students owe $1,361.
Johnson said the staff has made telephone calls to parents and written letters, but no solution has been found.
"To keep feeding students, we've got to stay afloat. We can't stay in business at this rate," Johnson said. Finance officer Joy Huff said one bill for about $200 has been paid and is probably the largest single bill the schools had.