Schools squeeze library services
When districts must cut costs, media resource staffing gets trimmed
The library at Mary Endres Elementary School in Woodstock is always open, but that’s not true for all the schools in District 200.
Like several districts across McHenry County, when faced with cuts, District 200 has tried to shave its libraries’ budgets. Illinois school codes do not mandate the need for a school librarian.
“When the economy is going bad, the library is the No. 1 place where you should be pouring resources,” McHenry High School West Campus library media specialist Kurt Pearson said. “[The library] creates a level playing field. Everyone can check out books.”
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