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Which School Supply List Do I Follow?

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PINEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - School is coming soon and it's best to be prepared, but what if the list for supplies you follow is the wrong one?

The Rapides Parish School Board provides a list of school supplies for every grade in all 54 schools each year. A number of schools in Rapides Parish instead choose to provide their own supply lists. The problem is, the lists are different.

"The idea behind this is to try to keep the dollar costs down as low as we can and still provide children with the opportunity to bring some of the things they will need to continue instructional excellence in the schools." Said School Board member Steve Berry.
To fit the needs of their students, schools like J.I. Barron Elementary in Pineville are releasing their own lists.
"The district list, although it's a great list, for supplies and it's a good list for parents to be picking up before school starts, we had some specific needs regarding third grade supplies that might have been a couple of little discrepancies away from the district list." Said J.I. Barron Principal Richard Dewees.
This is leading some to wonder which list is the right list for the first day of school. The School Board says, either one will do as long as the costs are reasonable.
"If a student comes with those specific supplies that are listed on the website, that they accept those and there will be no penalties for students who don't have to other additional supplies that they would be recommending." Said Arthur Joffrion, Executive Assistant Superintendent.

"One of the things I'd like to see happen is that that supply list is specific to increasing the rigor and students engagement for all students in Rapides Parish, especially here at J.I. Barron." Said Dewees.

The School Board says they will consider changing the district wide supply list when meetings resume in September. 
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