I get it. Budgets are tight. Every year the schools get cuts and things get tight for the teachers. I get it. But in a town where the property taxes are about $8900.00 and $5000.00 of that goes to the school, I was pretty upset when I got my sons Kindergarten School supply list. I expected to have to get some things such as a backpack, some folders, crayons and a pencil box, but some of the things on this list appear to be classroom supplies that should be provided by the school.
Here are some things on this list:
- SIX glue sticks
- SIX Dry Erase (no neon colors, low odor) EXPO ONLY markers (lets not be too specific)
- ONE box of GALLON and ONE box of QUART size ZIPLOC slider bags
- Standard size clear plastic show box with detachable lid (there is also a specific size pencil box so I am not sure what THIS box is for)
- ONE can of PLAY DOH ( Standard Size) No MINIS PLEASE< NO BOXES, OR MULTI-PACKS (I am surprised that they haven’t assigned us colors to bring)
- ONE pair of inexpensive headphones
These are just SOME of the gems that are included on that list. For your reading enjoyment, here is the entire list: http://www.marsd.org/cms/lib7/NJ01000603/Centricity/Domain/609/KINDERGARTEN%20SUPPLY%20LIST.pdf
So my question is this. If I have to buy all this stuff for my kid, pay for his bus (because I live too close to the school for him to ride free), and also pay for my four year old to go to a 2.5 hour PUBLIC PRE-K, what are the school taxes being used for?
Oh and on a footnote, the school district decided that their MANDATORY orientation will be as follows:
- Pre-K – September 4, 2013 at 1 pm
- Kindergarten – September 4, 2013 at 2 pm
Thank you so much for taking into consideration that maybe someone (like me) has kids in both those grades so how the HELL am I supposed to be in two places at almost the same time AND that maybe some people (like ME) has a job and would have appreciated some after work hours. Ya know, so I don’t have to take time off-so I can pay for ALL THOSE SCHOOL SUPPLIES.