LAND O'LAKES — Thousands of Pasco County student planners were pitched into recycling bins this week before elementary children could scribble in a single assignment.
The prison-based group that printed the notebooks got the pages out of order.
By missing a single blank page at the beginning, the planners showed Thursday and Friday on the left-hand side of the spiral notebook and Monday through Wednesday on the right. The error affected the planners for all of Pasco's elementary schools.
"Because it's for little kids, when you have the booklet open you want it Monday through Friday straight across so they can look at the whole week," student services director Lizette Alexander said.
Todd Cluff, principal at Sand Pine Elementary in Wesley Chapel, said his school was prepared to "make do" with the planners as they came. But district officials had sent correct page proofs to PRIDE, the state inmate job training program that won the district's printing bid, and so they required the job be redone.
"We had proofed it and they printed it incorrectly," Alexander said. "They redid it free of charge."
The planners cost the district less than $1 each. School Board member Alison Crumbley suggested over the summer that the district do away with the annual cost, but others on the board did not agree.
Schools received corrected new planners before the end of the third day of classes. Rather than throw the old ones away, Cluff said his staff decided to remove the spiral wires that bound the pages together and recycle the paper — generating a little extra revenue for the school.
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