AP textbooks on their way to Pasco County high schools
For the first two weeks of classes, some Pasco County students taking Advanced Placement history courses have had to go without textbooks, while their counterparts at other schools have had too many books available.
They should get their texts this week.
The problem arose because of a change in the way the district purchased the books, instructional materials department head Wendy Spriggs explained. The district asked every high school how many students were projected in each AP course, then sent back lists of students for confirmation before placing the order.
School leaders didn't raise concerns about the numbers, so the purchase order went in. But when they got their books in the fall, some schools -- particularly Mitchell High -- wound up with way too many, while others, such as Pasco High, couldn't put a book in every student's hand, as planned.
Representatives from each campus got together late last week to crunch the numbers all over again.
"We will be transferring titles across the district," Spriggs said. "We anticipate all of the balancing will be taken care of by the end of this week. ... And if we don't have enough, we will be ordering more."