Willamette Week donates “surplus” paper to Woodlawn, Boise

7:23 am

When staff at BESC sold (and bought for themselves) “surplus” supplies at below market prices last month, Willamette Week bid unsuccessfully on a kiln and a pallet of paper, with the intention of donating them back to the schools. The buyer of the paper, who paid $100, agreed to give some of it to WW for that purpose, and Friday, WW announced it would be donated to Woodlawn and Boise-Elliot K8 schools.

A Boise-Elliot parent commented on the original WW story that there was no homework for fourth grade students due to a lack of copier paper. A teacher at Woodlawn, which she describes as “yet another inadequately funded PPS Pre-K-8 school,” said she and her colleagues would have gladly accepted the toilet paper, since the school can no longer afford to provide Kleenex to classrooms (even during the worst flu outbreak in recent history).

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Steve Rawley published PPS Equity from 2008 to 2010, when he moved his family out of the district.

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  1. Comment from Zarwen:

    I am glad that WW chose to do this but sad that this was the only way these schools could get those supplies. Will this be the new norm: PPS sells their supplies to the public, and then the teachers and students have to hope the buyers are altruistic?