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Visa or Mastercard? Pasco schools plan move to credit card payments

Pasco County parents will be able to pay for their school district expenses, from lab fees to prom tickets, using plastic instead of paper this coming academic year.

After a successful trial run at a handful of campuses, the district has decided to expand its credit card payment option to every school. It will include purchases made in person or online.

The goal is to reduce waiting time during busy periods, while also reducing the amount of cash moving through employees' hands. Officials also hope to cut back on the bounced checks that the district ends up waiving each year.

"We believe parents will appreciate the convenience, reduce bookkeeper paperwork and minimize the amount of cash and checks processed on campus, particularly during orientation days," chief finance officer Olga Swinson wrote in a memo to principals, whose staffs will be trained over the summer.

No credit? No problem. The district will continue to take cash and checks. That just will no longer be the preferred method of payment.

[Last modified: Monday, June 9, 2014 12:19pm]


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