TEACHERS FORCED TO BUY TONER OR PAPER ?

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TEACHERS FORCED TO BUY TONER OR PAPER ?

 user 2008-05-16 at 12:35:35 pm Views: 56
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    http://www.wptv.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=b7d6c518-d182-47ce-9c4b-6097a26341eb
    Teachers forced to buy toner or paper
    A shrinking budget is creating a dilemma for Seminole Ridge High School English Department Chair Sandy Aragon.  Paper or toner?
    “Every year I try to provide my teachers with something that they can be using in the classroom, and sadly this year it was do I buy toner cartridges or do I buy paper?”That’s right.  The school’s 20 English teachers will have to dig deep into their pockets next year.  Printer cartridges and paper don’t come cheap.”If you were to refill the cartridge, the cartridge costs about anywhere from 70 to 120 dollars to get it refilled,” said Aragon, “Paper is about 25 dollars a case.”This year, Aragon purchased 40 cases of paper for her teachers.

    It leaves them with a tough decision.
    Aragon said, “I’m waiting for my department to give me feedback and we’re going to be democratic, majority vote will rule and whatever decision we make, that’s what we’re going to end up buying, I guess.”Principal Lynn McGee says the situation isn’t easy.  Her school lost two teachers and a secretary, though they will all be reassigned.  School improvement funds are being slashed in half, student achievement funds are going from 100-dollars per student to 85 and Advanced Placement money is being cut by one-third.”There’s a lot more of balancing and really tweaking and squeaking the budget, getting every penny to count,” said McGee.Schools are now trying to get the most bang for their buck and making sacrifices whether it’s paper vs. toner or something else.”You have to maintain your budget, it’s no different than your family budget, you gotta make it work and work we will.”McGee says this is one of the toughest financial times she’s ever experienced in the district.  Now schools need to decide how to best utilize the money they already have because it has to go further.