[library-media] Students who leave school still owing books

Donna Jorgensen donna.jorgensen at maeserprep.org
Wed Dec 2 14:24:16 MST 2009


Our school said it was illegal to withhold transcripts for any reason.
Sometimes the front desk secretary is the person to handle the forms. Talk
with this person, thats what I did, but as always, it doesn't help much.

2009/12/2 Kirsten Weber <kirsten.weber at sevier.k12.ut.us>

> Caryn,
>
> We have a checkout form the students get from the office. The form includes
> the library checkout information. They are required to check out with me
> before they can hand in the form. I write down what the student still has
> checked out, as well as what it costs to replace it. I also include overdue
> book fines. If they don't return the book then their account is charged. Our
> school requires all fees to be paid before they send transcripts to another
> school. I don't think they can legally withhold them, but that is what the
> understanding is for our students and their parents. It works for us. I
> seldom don't get the books back or the money to replace the books not
> returned.
>
> Kirsten Weber
>
> Media Coordinator
>
> Richfield High School
>
> 510 W. Wildcat Way
>
> Richfield, UT  84701
>
> (435) 896-8247
>
> On Dec 2, 2009, at 12:16 PM, Caryn McGinty wrote:
>
> Once again this morning we have a student who dropped out and never
> returned the two books she borrowed. Both of them, of course, were very
> popular ones with long lists of students waiting to read them. This happens
> every week or two, where someone either drops out or transfers to another
> school and doesn't ever return their books. It makes me so irate! Because of
> financial troubles with our district I literally do not have a budget this
> year, so I can't just replace any books that walk away. Now all those
> students who were waiting to read those two books will be disappointed.
>
> Kids at this high school are supposed to check out with everyone before
> they leave, but many of those who owe books either skip library checkout or
> simply don't bother to check out at all. There seems to be no recourse. I'm
> just told, with a shrug, "Well, they're already gone so there's not much we
> can do about it now."
>
> Is that true? Or is there something that can be done? In my high school and
> university if you owed anything at all you couldn't get your transcripts, so
> you couldn't transfer or graduate. But that was in a different state, as
> well as several years ago. How on earth do you prevent this from happening?
> Or, when it happens, how do you rectify it?
>
> Caryn
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