January 4, 2008

Hudson School District Fingerprint Scanning Students To Buy Lunch In Akron Ohio

By Kimberley Sirk
Special to the Beacon Journal

HUDSON: District students will see changes to their school lunchrooms in the new year.

But these changes will have nothing to do with the menu.

Within the next few months, purchases can be made with just a fingerprint

District Business Manager Paul Smith said new equipment was installed in the elementary buildings just before the holiday break. The middle and high schools will be brought online within the first two weeks after students return from the holiday break.

The system is provided by Food Service Solutions of Altoona, Pa.

The company says the system provides better reporting tools for districts and parents, and it can be run over a school's existing computer network.

The system cost the Hudson district about $25,700.

The system will allow parents to monitor what their children are purchasing at lunch and add money to their family accounts.

Other Akron-area districts using this type of software include: Green, Nordonia Hills and St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

''We'll be totally cashless after Feb. 1,'' Smith said.

Vending machines will not be affected by the upgrades.

Those parents who want to use cash or a check to add to a lunch account will still be able to do so.

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