Archive for Wednesday, August 27, 2008

TMS apologetic about yearbook blunder

August 27, 2008

Omissions of students in the Tonganoxie Middle School yearbook have administrators planning adjustments in hopes of eliminating the problem in the future.

TMS principal Jill Dickerson said there were three students she was aware of whose photos did not appear in the yearbooks.

"What I'm trying to do is reach all the parents (of children) we know of who were left out, and tell them how sorry we are," Dickerson said. "We want to refund the money for the book and let them know that we're going to work to do a better job."

She also said she has been talking to the students who were left out of the yearbook and is giving them a personal apology at school.

The yearbook, which is for all middle school students - grades 5-8 - will be produced differently for the 2008-09 school year, Dickerson said.

"We are going to compact the schedule and give ourselves a little bit more time at the end of the year and spend more time proofing," she said. "We're in the process, instead of the entire eighth-grade being involved with it, to make it a class.

"Last year all the eighth-graders got to be a part of that. We think it would be better if we use a smaller group of students, it will be a little bit easier to manage and oversee."

Dickerson said yearbooks would not be reproduced with the students' photos in with their classmates.

"With our budget constraints, I am so sorry we won't be able to do that," she said. "But we will refund their money for the book.

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