The issue of textbook importance and funding has been raised in Clarke County.
Recent budget issues have prevented the school division from purchasing new textbooks.
Superintendent Mike Murphy says he plans to target $100,000 of its current budget to new language arts textbooks.
Murphy says poor textbooks can effect a students' ability to learn.
“When teachers rely on textbooks and textbooks are old or outdated, learning is sometimes a challenge,” he says. “Now, sometimes it makes no difference. If a Latin textbook is 100 years old, it probably doesn't influence the nature of Latin.”
Murphy says the schools have looked into e-textbooks, but it doesn't necessarily save them money, and not all students may have internet connections at home.
Elsewhere, Clarke County High School has also had success on the athletic fields, but should the state championship plaques be displayed at the new school?
It's something being considered by Dr. Murphy.
He says the athletic achievements of the school are impressive, but a new school could call for new traditions.
The final decision will be made by Murphy, Principal Jeff Jackson and Athletic Director Casey Childs.
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