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The Pennsylvania School District, which has threatened to send children to foster care for overdue cafeteria bills, is now accepting donations after refusing those who offered help, a decision that has confused many observers.
Wyoming Valley West, the financially troubled school district about three hours north of Philadelphia, was initially uninterested in donations to charity after the school sent letters to dozens of families requesting lunch. It was said that they were faced with the possibility of being brought to justice for their children's custody.
In a statement released Wednesday evening, the president of the school board, Joseph Mazur, apologized for the "tone" of the letter.
"It was not" It is not the intention of the district to harm one of the families of our school district or cause inconvenience, "Mazur said," I do not get replies from the school district. "
Now, Mazur said the district is going to be Take money that has been offered.
Deputy Aaron Kaufer, whose district includes the school district, visited the school's headquarters on Wednesday and Wednesday Kingston, Pennsylvania persuaded the school councilors to welcome charity gifts.
Kaufer said that there was a sense of disagreement among school board members over accepting foreign funds to cover their food debt, but the exact reason for ignoring the donors was not clearly.
"I do not understand either," Kaufer said in an interview with NPR. "No one likes this kind of swine I can see this in my area, but I want this problem to be solved. That's why we do not want to see Northeastern Pennsylvania in the news. "
The school district will take money to pay the cafeteria's debts through a foundation dedicated to providing financial support to the school district.
" The whole situation is a real shame, "said Michael Plaksin, a graduate of the Pennsylvania School District who now lives in the Los Angeles area and is president of the District Education Foundation." Anyone who's in touch with Wyoming Valley West wants that chapter closed down as soon as possible. "
County officials told NPR that at least five donors were willing to pay the students' debts, a prominent media figure was among those Also, Todd Carmichael, the Philadelphia-based director of K monkey roan La Colombe, cleaning up the district's entire criminal meal list.
Since the news of the letters triggered a national uproar last week leading to convictions of one of the US Senators in Pennsylvania, the Vice Governor of the state and others, the school has agreed to drop the threat of care in the face of fierce criticism from officials monitoring the care system.
And school officials said that as poverty has risen among the students in the former coal mining region, the new state food aid is expected to cover meals for all students, regardless of their family's economic means.
The students were selected by the students from our regular menu. There was no shame and no alternative meals were offered, "Mazur said in the statement on Wednesday" Please accept our sincere apology for any damage or inconvenience caused by the letter. "