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Costs of the Classroom

Teachers and the district work together to cover the costs of classroom success
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Laura Shareshian

When teachers are first placed in their classrooms, the rooms are mostly bare. They start with basics like clocks, desks and chairs, leaving plenty of remaining space. For many teachers, the remaining space is valuable; additional items like furniture and decoration can enhance learning environments and create a more functional and organized classroom. In order to create these effective and positive spaces, teachers take multiple avenues. 

Many of the additional supplies teachers need are for their own use. When they need these, they go to Lynda Rater, Ladue High School’s Accounting Administrative Assistant.

“Each classroom has a budget to purchase classroom supplies, which they order through their department or through me,” Rater said. “Teachers order non-classroom supplies through me. That would be things like paper, pens, paperclips, dry erase markers, wipes, Kleenex, etc. They fill out a Google Form, and I fill their order.”

Alongside handling orders for additional supplies, Rater helps to make this system possible.

“We have [a] yearly budget and track our expenses throughout the year,” Rater said. “Where possible, we shop around for the best prices on supplies. I manage the inventory of non-classroom supplies.”

Not everything is covered by this budget, though. For items like special supplies for student use, additional furniture or class decorations, costs are often covered by teachers. Any posters, lamps or plants seen in classrooms were not paid for by the school budget. Often, items not covered by the school are important for creating a comfortable and positive learning environment. 

The supplies provided by Rater and the school’s departments are paramount for creating a successful working and teaching environment. Additional items or decorations can make or break spaces for learning. With functional supplies purchased by the school and additional items bought by teachers, classrooms flourish.

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Laura Shareshian, Features Editor
This is senior Laura Shareshian's second year on the Panorama and her first year as Features editor. When she's not working, Shareshian enjoys spending time with her cat.

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