DCSS self-reports free lunch incident to state BOE

ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County School System Director of Public Information R.D. Harter said Thursday the school system has reported an incident in its school lunch program to the State Board of Education.

The self-report to the state was initiated after Morningside Elementary Principal Gloria Baker and her husband, Chester, were arrested last week and charged with three counts of fraud each in making false statements to obtain free school lunches for their middle school aged daughter.

Harter said DCSS Director of Finance Robert Lloyd had contacted the state Department of School Nutrition Services, but has yet to hear back from Atlanta.

Only the state can initiate an audit of the free lunch program, Harter said.

Baker has been with the school system since 1980 and was promoted to assistant principal in 1993. She was promoted to principal at Albany Middle School in 2004 and was assigned to Morningside earlier this year.

According to information provided by the DCSS, roughly 81 percent of its 16,000 students are in a free or reduced-fee lunch program.


Terihdfxr 2 years, 5 months ago

Hold on to your hats fellas, this outta be good. Lets just see how many others are getting free lunch and are clearly not qualified. Please do the same with the food stamp program, as well as Peach care.


Tired 2 years, 5 months ago

Citizens need to follow up the state Department of School Nutrution and demand action. Contact information:

Nancy Rice, M.Ed., RD, LD, SNS Director, School Nutrition Program 1662 Twin Towers East 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE Atlanta, GA 30334

DCB of Ed. will continue their path unless action is taken.


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