Williamstown changes food service

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By Bryan Marshall

Parents of Williamstown Jr./Sr. High students now can see what their students have for lunch everyday.

One of several recent food service changes allows parents to sign into the Parent Portal section of the website at www.williamstown.kyschools.us and click on the Food Service tab to see what their child is eating and how much money is left in their child’s account.

“It’s a great advantage,” said Stephanie Caldwell, district food service director. “I wish we would have had it years ago.”

Williamstown is one of about 13 districts in the state that have linked their food service program to the Infinite Campus system that tracks attendance, grades and other information about students.

“What’s great with Infinite Campus is that the child’s picture comes up,” Caldwell said. “We had one child who accidentally put in their zip code so we knew that wasn’t them. Also, on that screen, if the child has any health issues, like they’re allergic to strawberries, the cashier can see it on there. It really brings all the information together.”

Caldwell said the district is still working out the bugs, but she is pleased overall with the changes.

She hopes parents enjoy the one-stop shopping the Parent Portal will provide them to check grades, attendance, pay school fees and monitor their child’s meals.

Parents also can pay for meals, tuition payments and fees online starting Oct. 1.

Even the way students get their lunches is a little different this year.

“The students used to verbally say their number and a cashier would punch it in,” Caldwell said. “Now, there’s a keypad, kind of like an ATM machine, that a child uses to punch their number in. That was a little learning curve.”

As always, Caldwell said she wants to remind parents that anytime throughout the school year they can apply for free or reduced lunches for their children.

The forms are online at the district’s website and must be turned in at the school.

For more information, call 859-824-4735.