- Associated Press - Thursday, February 20, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah school district that received harsh criticism for taking away $2 school lunches from students whose accounts were overdue is considering hiring a public relations firm.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1jdR3fw ) that Salt Lake City School District board members have discretely chosen a public relations firm that would be paid $49,999.

District spokesman Jason Olsen says the full board will decide at its March 4 meeting whether to approve the expenditure.

Board vice president Heather Bennett says she and two other district leaders made the decision. She says other school districts have several people in their communications offices while they have just one person.

Some parents and board members are against the idea.

The district has vowed to change its procedures to ensure lunches aren’t taken away again.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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