Jul 8, 2011 10:27 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish School Board has voted 5-2 to enter into an agreement with MCS Software to allow parents who pay for school lunches to make payments online with a credit card and check students' accounts from home.
At a June meeting, the board directed Mary Jumonville, coordinating supervisor of the Child Nutrition Program, to poll parents and make sure there would be enough participation to cover the $1,400 cost to the school district.
At Thursday's meeting, The Advocate reports Jumonville said 46 percent of the parents paying for lunch for their children responded to a phone survey and 813 said they liked the service, even with a $2.75 per transaction fee.