LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The school supply list battle has begun, and while most parents have already purchased supplies by now, some are still scrambling to find the best bargain.
Last year, East Texas parents were incredibly concerned about steep prices and massive lists. In response to their opinions, Lufkin Independent School District officials said they have reduced the lists this year.
"We reduced the list because we were finding out that one school was requiring one thing, and another school was not requiring it," said Lynn Torres, the deputy superintendent of teaching and learning for LISD. "So, when we standardized the list across the board, we were able to cut out some of those expenses for parents."
Torres said that parents should be able to outfit their students with their entire supply list for under $50. While that might seem steep for some parents, Torres said the school board has thought of every option.
"One of the things that we were trying to address with parents is that we had groups meet about the required school supplies for each grade level," said Torres. "So, we had a Kindergarten team meet, a Pre-K team meet, first grade, second grade, and so forth, and the teachers across the district met and discussed what materials and supplies would be needed for that particular grade level."
Torres said unlike other school districts, they have considered pre-packaged boxes for students. However, she said, the price was unrealistic and didn't meet their expectations for delivering supplies for a district the size of LISD.
However, Torres said she believes the reductions this year will not only benefit the parents, but the district.
To see a full list of the school supply list for LISD, visit lufkinisd.org.