Get A Small Loan For School Supplies

School supplies are not supposed to exceed $25.

Well, school is around the corner and buying school supplies just adds to the excitement.  I remember when I was a kid getting to pick out a new lunch box and crayons.

However, these days it is ridiculous.  My daughter had to purchase a scientific calculator, a USB flash drive, dry erase markers etc...The total bill was over $100.

When I spoke with some teachers from the Fort Zumwalt School District, they said technically school supplies aren't supposed to go over $25.  

I called around to see what other parents had paid for their school supplies.  I mean, maybe I didn't shop the deals offered at various stores.  But their bills were in the same range as mine, even though they shopped at different stores.

What happened to a Trapper Keeper and pencil box?  That's all we needed when I was a kid.  If the school wanted us to use calculators, they provided them.  All we were required to bring was looseleaf paper, some folders, a pen, a red grading pencil, pencils, erasers, glue and a ruler.

Now the kids have to bring tissue boxes, sanitizing hand gel, anti-bacterial wipes and the other expensive items I listed above.

Come on folks.  Let's get real about what we're asking.


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Rich Pope August 03, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Elizabeth, everything you said makes sense. But we get mixed signals. Dr. Dubray himself even says school supplies shouldn't cost over $25. Then we get a list where unless every item can be found at the dollar store, we are screwed.
Elizabeth August 04, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I'm guessing Dr. Dubray thinks that a cup of coffee still costs $.25. We bought 90% of what was on the list, using 10% leftover from previous years and it was still $140.. $70 per kid. And the oldest one won't get a list of necessities until school starts so we picked up just some basics for him. According to Barb Miller's post it is due to technology, but shouldn't technology mean less paper, pencils, pens, erasers, folders, glue, etc. Technology is a minute part of the overall school supply list. Let's face it, once you buy a USB drive you can re-use it every year. This isn't about technology. Out of the whole list the only tech related items are USB drive, calculator, and wipe-off markers. Having all the best and newest tools doesn't make you a mechanic. It makes you a guy with a lot of tools. I wish the schools would focus more on the content and less on the tools. That being said. I also appreciate the good teachers in our district and wish that the poor teachers could be weeded out. Fortunately for FZ district it has been my experience that there are far more good than bad teachers.
Rich Pope August 04, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Elizabeth, great comments. But still, dry erase markers are not a part of technology. You don't use dry erase markers on a Smart Board. And it was a good idea to get dry erase boards to replace chalk boards because the dust from chalk boards was harming the computers. Also what Barb doesn't understand is that money from taxes cannot be used to purchase buildings, Smart Boards or furniture. That comes from bond issue money. Tax income is used to pay for salaries. I know that FZ has some fantastic teachers, but only about 45% of the kids who graduate from FZ go to a four year college. That's unacceptable. Everone around FZ is beating them and if you look at test scores, other school districts are raising thier scores while FZ is dropping. If parents want to accept this, that's their choice. I know that FZ isn't able to recruit the best teachers because they are going to Parkway, Rockwood, Ladue etc...FZ passes us great teachers with lots of experience because they are cheap. Why pay a master teacher a lot of money when FZ can get two beginning teachers for the same money? The problem is, there are a lot of young beginning teachers running around but the kids suffer because of that approach. In addition, Dr. Dubray has been around for a long time as superintendent. All of this stuff happens on his watch. Maybe we need some new ideas and personel.
Elizabeth August 05, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Well put. It seems to me like the district has gotten more concerned with appearances and less concerned with scores. One of my friends has a child going into a "smart class" (her words) where the kids will get IPADS to do their work in class. The kids are paired up and given tasks to do as a team. The teacher simply monitors their progress, other than that their on their own. My first complaint would be why do they need IPADS? In elementary school it would be more important to learn the skills than master the technology. Secondly, according to her explanation it doesn't sound like the teacher is going to be engaging them instead acting more like a room monitor. They already can't communicate socially, we're going to encourage them to stare at the computer screens all day? Isn't that bad for their eyes? And finally, I've never been a fan of "group" or "partner" work in school. One kid invariably does the work and the others share the credit. OR the kid working at it gets a lower grade because the others don't keep up their end of the deal. I've been out of school for more years than I care to share...Dr. Dubray was the superintendent then too. Sometimes that kind of longevity breeds complacency.
Barb August 10, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Go get an education? Not that my education level even pertains to the topic but Since you asked I have a MPharm with a MPRCT. I'll let you google that. If you want to come down to St. Louis College of Pharmacy to be a guest speaking in my class about uneducated youths of St. Charles county I'm sure you would be a good muse for my students. Your response to my comments clearly shows your education level and lack of respect. I'm surprised the patch allows you to post on their website.


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