Portage schools to change book rental collection method

2013-05-01T00:00:00Z Portage schools to change book rental collection methodTimes Staff nwitimes.com
May 01, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PORTAGE | Portage Township Schools will no longer use their attorney to collect past due book rental fees.

Superintendent E. Ric Frataccia said they requested district attorney Ken Elwood to complete a cost analysis on collecting fees from parents.

Elwood told administrators it was not worth using an attorney and go through the court system to collect those fees. It would be more cost effective to use the district's collection agency.

"The board's wishes is to do it as cheaply as possible," Board President Cheryl Oprisko said.

However, Frataccia said, several of the past due cases are in litigation.

Business manager Nicole Thorn said the collection agency used by the district cannot represent the school district in those court proceedings.

The board decided that the attorney would have to continue representing the district in those cases that are already in litigation, but those that have not been forwarded to court, and those in the future, would be pursued by the collection agency in an effort to save money.

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