After learning that WBHS wouldn’t automatically provide planners this year, Office Max began producing its own version for students
By Miranda Paikowski, Current Staff
So far this school year, students have been scrambling for a sense of order.
On Tuesday, Sept. 1, many students at East and West High were disappointed that no planning books—a place where students can keep track of their calendar and assignments—were being handed out in resource. This is the first year that this has happened, so students found themselves confused and looking for an explanation.
Georgia Harrison, East senior, believes that without the ready availability of planners, studious individuals will be the ones to suffer. “I feel like high school is all about organization and planning for the future. The planners are learning tools that I think should be provided in order for students to be successful,” Harrison said.
West senior Leah Botting also finds it inconvenient that planners were not distributed the first day of school. Botting thinks that the school planners provide a necessary “foundation of organization.” When that foundation crumbles, Botting believes that students’ academic success will inevitably follow. Botting, like many other students, was searching for the reason the planners were discontinued.
Principal Bill Greymont said that the administration began discussing changing the distribution of planners for the 2015-2016 school year back in spring. “You would not believe the amount of planners we found in garbage cans and lockers last year, completely unused,” Greymont said.
With so much money spent on planners wasted, Greymont felt that to again hand them out to every student would be “a waste of the taxpayers’ dollar.”
After receiving feedback from teachers and students, the school administration agreed that it would be best to not rid the school of planners completely, but instead to order a few and allow students to sign up for them in the office.
The plan was supposed to be communicated in all resource classes the first day of school. Many students, however, stated that their resource teachers did not give them this news, leading to mass confusion.
“The planners are learning tools that I think should be provided in order for students to be successful.”
– Georgia Harrison, East senior
On Sept. 4, Greymont sent an email out to all parents at the high schools explaining that planners would be made available in the office free of charge.
Beth Williams, East senior, was upset to hear this news, as she had already purchased a new planner. “Last week, I went to Office Max to buy a planner, but they were all out. So I actually bought a teacher’s weekly planner instead,” Williams said.
A few days ago, Williams heard news that the office has now ordered planners that will be given out for free. She feels like taking the initiative to buy a planner during the first week of school was “a waste of $15.”
Principal Bill Greymont understands that a situation like Williams’ would indeed be upsetting. According to Greymont, much of the confusion about planners was due to the speedy and false circulation of “the rumor mill.”
Greymont also explained that the initial order made by the school for planners was quite large, so the company is delivering the planners in batches, as opposed to delivering all planners at once. “That is why students must sign up for a planner in the office,” he said.
Local businesses such as Office Max were also impacted by the high schools’ decision. Amy Marx, an Office Max store manager, explained that store employees heard of the planner situation the first day of school. “If we would have known the high school was not handing out planners this year, we would have had a couple hundred more prepared,” Marx said.
To assist the frantic students coming to her store, Marx decided to create new, more cost-friendly planners after she heard the news. Office Max is now selling their own student planners at $9.99 each.
For the 2016-17 school year, Greymont is determined to make the planner distribution more organized and avoid another situation of confusion and complaint. “We cannot make any finalized plans until March, but we will be seeing how this year goes and base our new plan off that,” he said.
“Next year, we will have a better planner plan,” Greymont said.
(Photographs by Miranda Paikowski, Current Staff.)