Category: Local News
Published: Friday, September 28 2012 08:00
Written by Carina A. Brunson
LJISD could lose close to $100 million for their free lunch program if “over-claims” in the school district are not controlled before the next audit in December. A fourth grade student at LJISD’s Jose Escandon Elementary School selects from a wide variety of healthy food during the lunch break in April. Progress Times photo by Doug YoungLA JOYA – La Joya Independent School District is trying to rectify problems found during state audits of the district’s free school lunch program. Two previous audits by the Texas Department of Agriculture—one in December and one in March—found thousands of over claim meals. If the school district fails the next audit slated for December, they could lose reimbursements for the free lunch program for five years.
According to LJISD Superintendent Alda T. Benavides, there were two different types of findings in the school lunch program audits that could affect their eligibility for the free lunch program.
The PS1 finding, which is counting and claiming, has to do with counting of meals served. If records show a district served a certain number of meals and that district submits a claim for more meals than actually served, that would be a PS1 finding.
A PS2 finding, food production records, has to do with menu planning, menu records, nutrient analysis and the supporting document that goes with it. If there is a finding with a particular menu item as to the amount served, that could cause a PS2 finding, said Benavides. The Texas Department of Agriculture can disallow all meals either at the campus or district-wide for the meals containing that particular menu item.
In either case, she said, it would cause an “over claim.”