Cheektowaga Central School District leaders are hoping to make it easier for parents to pay for their children’s school meals and monitor how their money is spent.

During its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Board of Education approved a request to change the payment system that students use in the cafeteria.

The new online platform,, would interface with the NutriKids food management program currently in use and provide methods for parents to check cash balances, automatically replenish accounts with a credit card and monitor what their children are purchasing, district Food Services Manager Wendy Doster said.

“They will be able to view the transactions,” she said.

She added that the current system, PaySchools, does not interface with NutriKids or allow parents easy access to accounts in order to monitor cash balances and transactions. The new system comes at no cost to parents, and the district’s responsibility would be less than $2,000 – a similar cost to the former program.

Doster said that the change will take effect in September, and parents will be contacted before then about how to sign up and use the new website.

During the reorganization meeting Tuesday, the board welcomed member Heather DuBard, who won a seat during the May election, reappointed Mary Ann Miano as district clerk and selected Brian Gould as president and Walter Burgett as vice president.

The board’s next regular meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 in the board room at the high school, 3600 Union Road.