Helena School District walking back collection agency plan

The Helena School District is backing off their plan to send roughly $100,000 in lunch debts to a collection agency.

Superintendent Jack Copps says the district looked into the numbers and determined that about 20 percent of the debt belongs to students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. That portion of the debt will not be sent to collections, he said, and much of it will be written off.

Copps says the district will try to collect the remainder of the money through every possible avenue before sending it to a collection agency.