Students in a Louisiana parish's school district have accrued $59,315.49 in unpaid meal charges, while school employees owe an additional $9,459.75. Erma Davis, head of Food and Nutrition Services, said some students accrue charges before submitting paperwork to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. To limit debt, Superintendent Gary Jones said students who owe money could be served an alternative meal, such as a sandwich and apple -- a scenario he said officials want to avoid.

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