The old "I lost my lunch card" excuse won\u2019t work for students in Akron, Ohio, this fall. The Akron school board voted in May to install biometric scanners so middle school and high school students at 18 locations will soon have their fingerprints checked along with their IDs in order to be served lunch in the cafeteria. School officials said the benefits of the $700,000 system outweighed parents\u2019 concerns about the privacy of their kids\u2019 fingerprints, The Akron Beacon Journal reported. The fingerprint scanners will automate an old system of checking cards and taking meal tickets and cash. (About 58 percent of Akron\u2019s children qualify for government subsidized meals.) Funds earmarked for nutritional programs will pay for the project.Using the fingerprint scanners isn\u2019t mandatory. Students can still pay cash for meals. While school officials pledged to maintain the privacy of students\u2019 fingerprint algorithms, the Akron school system\u2019s website notes the lunch-line system is flexible. "This technology can also be used for other purposes," it states. "For example, it could be used to improve security, attendance reports and transportation programs."