As district 186 continues efforts to shave down its budget, which is millions in the red, at least one school has struggled to maintain the bare necessities. Rachel Otwell reports:
At this week’s school board meeting, president Susan White made an announcement about shortages at Springfield High School:
WHITE: “I’ve just had some feedback from parents… in fact and my daughter is a student, telling me that the school is out of copy paper. So is that agenda item going to address the copy paper shortage… Why do we have no copy paper?”
That may sound problematic enough, but then White continued:
WHITE: “They also said there’s no toilet paper.”
According to the district’s spokesperson, Pete Sherman, the high school has plenty of T.P and never ran out. Copy paper though? That’s another story.
Sherman says the district froze school supply accounts at the end of the last school year in order to save money. That means schools like SHS are having to shift around their expenses. Sherman says money for copy paper will be taken from the school’s fund for furniture, and the school has been encouraged to use technological alternatives, like Google Docs.