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article imageHigh school students can now pay with their finger

By Andrew Moran     Aug 19, 2009 in World
As many high schools across the United States begin the new school year, students can for their lunches with their fingers instead of cash or a student card.
"I’m just really glad I don’t have to remember a number every day or have a card or something. All you have to do is put your finger down and go," said one 14-year-old high school student. Instead of paying with cash, a pupil can place their index finger on a scanner and be on their way with lunch, according to The Chronicle Telegram.
As of Monday, freshman students can use the lunch account finger-scan but by the end of next week all 2,100 students can access this type of system.
Another 14-year-old high school student was relieved about this finger-scanning system, "As long as there is money in my account, I won’t have to worry about anything. It’s going to make lunch that much easier."
The school staff will also be using this latest technology.
This biometric system will cost $91,000 and be implemented by Sodexo, who will be hoping that this program will go district-wide and that parents will sign up their students at a high rate in order to recoup their losses.
At the present time there are minor kinks in the system but the general manager of Sodexo, the district’s food service provider, Bill Jett says, "When it’s really up and running it will make things go a lot smoother and faster."
However, this is not the only amenity that students and faculty can look forward to, according to Principal Darren Conley, "The technology is already out there for us to use biometrics in a number of ways. In the future, we are looking at adding it to the media center for signing materials out or in the classrooms for attendance."
After the present school year is complete, Elyria High School will be closed and the new building will have an air conditioner, which many people are looking forward to such as a 14-year-old student, "It is so crowded in here that sometimes it’s hard to go up the steps. I can’t wait for the new school to open. We are going to get to experience both the old school and the new school.”
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