The City School District of New Rochelle has a budget of $231 million yet there is a paper shortage at one of the elementary schools? When I got a call about this I insisted on seeing the actual note. I simply did not believe it.
Sure enough that note was real:
I am sure that you have noticed that your child has not been receiving weekly spelling packets as usual and that we are using a lot of the worksheets from the math workbook instead of differentiated worksheets for homework. That is because we have had a shortage of paper in our school. Teachers won't be receiving copy paper until the end of the month. Now that the holidays are approaching we are going to need more copies than can be made in school so I am asking you that if you can, please donate a ream of plain white copy paper to our class it would be very helpful.
Thank you for your continuing support
Incredibly, parents are being told that the reason there children are not being taught spelling is the teachers do not have paper. There is also some issue with their math lessons as well. These same parents, many of them struggling financially, were asked for a similar donation last fall.
Meanwhile, the District continues to dole out highly questionable contracts to a small circle of contractors who are said to be "special envelope friends" of certain Buildings & Grounds administrators.
Although the district employs a FULL-TIME Mason, a company called Wager Contracting was doing work at Isaac E. Young Middle School last December. The work appeared to consist of re-pointing a stone pillar to a gate that is not used and has not been used for decades.
This is not complicated.
If the mason employed by the district is not able to re-point a small stone pillar, get rid of him.
If elementary teachers do not have paper buy them what they need and postpone unnecessary work on an obsolete gate at a middle school.