Parents of students at Champaign schools will be able to pay for their students' meals online

CHAMPAIGN — Parents of students in the Champaign schools will soon be able to pay for their students' meals online.

The school board unanimously approved at its Monday meeting using the Nutrikids Lunchbytes program to allow parents to pay online, rather than send money to school with their students.

The service is free of charge to the school district, and parents will pay a fee of $1.75 each time a payment is made. That fee covers all the students in one family.

Parents can use the service to monitor how much meal money their students have.

Previously, parents had to send money with their students for meals, said school district spokeswoman Lynn Peisker.

The school board also approved the purchase of several school buses, both as additions to its current fleet and replacements.

Two 71-passenger buses will replace current buses, and one wheelchair bus, which can accommodate 59 passengers and five wheelchairs, is an addition.

The school district will replace three 21-passenger buses with three 30-passenger buses, and will buy four activity buses, two as replacements and two as additions.

The buses will cost a total of about $608,000. About $360,000 will be paid this fiscal year from the transportation fund, and about $248,000 will be paid from the same fund next year.

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