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Parents Alerted to New Computerized Café System

A new computerized "point of sale" program is coming to the cafeterias at Huntington High School and J. Taylor Finley Middle School. The district sent a letter to parents last month explaining the new system and announcing a September 13 launch date.

Assistant Superintendent David H. Grackin said the district "recently evaluated many different computerized point of sale systems to increase the level of service and provide accurate school meal accounts. After reviewing several systems, a decision has been made to purchase the NUTRIKIDS POS system."

Parents have been told that for the first few days after the system launches, "our lunch line may be slower, but as the students familiarize themselves with the system, the lines should move much quicker than before," Mr. Grackin said. "Breakfast service will be included and processed on this system as well."

The district has already entered the names of every student in grades 7-12 into the system. "We strongly recommend parents/guardians deposit money into the student's account via an online pre-payment system at www.nutrikids.com," Mr. Grackin said.

If a student qualifies for free or reduced price meals, this information has also been entered into the new system. "The meal will be processed just as it is for all other students without any special indication to the students," Mr. Grackin said. Parents were reminded to complete a new free/reduced price meal application for the 2011/12 school year as soon as possible.

Parents concerned about a food allergy their child has should notify their respective school cafeteria with specific information. "If indicated, a warning will appear on the cashier's screen for a review of the items on the student's tray," Mr. Grackin said.

Questions about the new program should be directed to the School Lunch Office at 673-2107.

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