Friday, July 22, 2011

Other People's Money

I cannot believe this principal's excuses for throwing out these school supplies...everything from glue, to paper, to books, and tape.  What can you do with tape if you don't have a proper tape dispenser???  Really?? And she's a principal.  Teachers are told every day that they are going to be held accountable.  Where's the accountability here? 

Again, we see what happens when people are busy spending other people's money (in this case the tax payers)!

Northwest Middle School Dumps Thousands in Unused School Supplies:

Northwest Middle School Dumps Thousands in Unused School Supplies

Updated: Friday, 22 Jul 2011, 8:21 AM CDT
Published : Thursday, 21 Jul 2011, 8:51 PM CDT
By Dane Placko, FOX Chicago News
Chicago - At a time when Chicago Public Schools are struggling for money, residents might be surprised by what FOX Chicago News found in the dumpster behind one school on the Northwest Side.
Thousands of dollars in school supplies - most of them unused - tossed in the trash at Northwest Middle School in the 5200 block of West Palmer, in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood.
The concerned viewer, who tipped off FOX Chicago, was outraged by the waste they found. As school officials preparing for the new year dumped boxes and boxes of unopened school supplies straight into the trash.
The tipster said to check the dumpsters behind Northwest Middle School. Sure enough, in one of the dumpsters lay thousands of dollars worth of books and unused school supplies that had apparently been tossed out in just the past few days.
Boxes and boxes of unopened chalk in packs of 12, enough to supply hundreds of classrooms for an entire school year, were found in that dumpster. At $0.89 a box, that’s just over $10 per pack, wasted.

There were also reams of unopened writing paper, drawing pads, bottles of glue at $1.19 each, boxes and boxes of books – some used, others brand new - and hundreds of textbooks and test preparation booklets.

Not a single page was marked.

Hundreds of rolls of adhesive tape, at just under $6 a piece, had been dumped, still inside the office depot boxes that were delivered to the school.
FOX Chicago wondered how Northwest Middle School could afford to simply throw away these valuable supplies, at a time CPS is facing a budget deficit in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
When asked the reason behind throwing out all the supplies, Principal Marilyn Strojny explained they were conducting inventory.
"To actually know what our inventory was,” Strojny said, “to actually straighten it all up, to know what we had."
The principal said the supplies and books had been taking up space for several years. She also said she offered it around to other nearby schools but there were few takers.
Strojny didn’t know if there was a way to send the supplies back downtown to the central office, so they could dispose of it in another way.
The principal said she tossed out the tape because she didn't have the right tape dispensers, which she said cost $70 a piece.
"If I don't have a tape dispenser what do I do with it?"
Why throw out cases of chalk and erasers?
“Cause everybody uses overhead projectors,” Strojny said. “So we don't use it."
She didn’t know of another school that might have used the chalk and erasers.
A Chicago Public Schools spokesperson sent FOX Chicago a statement Thursday night about the findings:

"While we did not personally bear witness to this, FOX's account of the situation is very troubling to us, especially as we just kicked off our own back to school campaign. We would encourage anyone with school supplies, regardless of their condition, to donate them to cps by calling our back to school hotline at 773.553.3277." 

CPS finds this "troubling"...but quickly glances over the issue and asks for more!  Now that's troubling!


  1. I'm quite sure if she'd offered those supplies to a poorer school, perhaps on the south side, they would have grabbed them with both hands.

  2. All of a sudden, this "website" pops up as if it is an authority on education. It is not!