Items purchased with state money

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  1. Pi-R-Squared

    Pi-R-Squared Habitué

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    When school supplies are purchased using state money, do the supplies belong to the school and classroom OR do they belong to the teacher? Last year, after being non-renewed, I took everything home. This includes my own personal stuff and stuff bought with state money such as dry erase markers, Sharpies, paper clips, etc.... The custodian who helped me pack said school supplies belong to me and not the classroom. Thoughts?.
     
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  3. Caesar753

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    It might depend on the individual disbursement. I buy library books with state funds and those obviously are meant to stay at the school. We get other state funds for supplies sometimes, and I am pretty sure that teachers can take those if they leave the school (but stay within the district). Is there someone you can ask, like maybe an office manager or secretary who deals with the logistics of making those purchases?
     
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    If I didn't pay for it, I leave it at the school.
     
  5. MissScrimmage

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    I only took what I bought with my own money. Everything else is considered the school's property.
     
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    If the state paid for it, it belongs to the school. It could move classrooms with you if you moved rooms, but if you leave the school, you can't take it with you.
     
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    This. State funded items are not yours to take
     
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    Custodians are not the go to authorities on state funded classroom materials. Just saying.
     
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    If you didn't buy it, it stays with the school.
     
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    Anything I have purchased is marked "VL personal item". The items paid for by the school simply have my last name or room number on them, with the vague hope that they won't walk away as fast during the course of the year. I had bookshelves that I took in, and I engraved my identifying info, just to be sure no one thought they were purchased with state funds.

    I'm 100% with the crowd - unless you opened your wallet to purchase the items, they stay with the school . . . period.
     
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  11. christie

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    If you leave the school and the district, the items should stay. They paid for them. I moved within a district two years ago, after working in one school for 15 years. I left behind things that were purchased by the district that wouldn't be appropriate for my new job and took everything else. If I'd left the district, I'd have left it all.

    I do what vickilyn does - I label things I buy with my name. I'm a gifted specialist and we're given a separate pot of money to buy resources for our students. Those items are labeled so that anyone who comes after me will know that they belong to the gifted specialist rather than a regular school item (I share a room with another specialist).
     
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    I leave it all at the school unless I purchased it with my personal money. In some cases, if I wrote a grant for something, I ask the principal if I can take it. I spent days writing a $6000 grant (and teaching the lessons I planned for it) for some materials, and it's likely I'm the only teacher who would even know how to use the materials so I asked if I could keep them, and she said yes. Some cheaper things I wrote grants for I kept without permission, because nobody would miss them anyway and I don't even think they knew I got them (like a K'Nex kit I got). Many of the things I wrote grants for I left out of goodwill to the school like three 3D printers, and about 36 Chromebooks (not practical to carry them around anyway).
     
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    Markers and paper clips are petty. Leave it behind as well as anything else bought with district or state dollars. If you didn't buy it without being reimbursed, it isn't yours. Leave it behind as well as your regrets and missteps. Move on.
     
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  14. Pi-R-Squared

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    Crap... I mixed school supplies, I.e., paper, markers, etc.... i guess going forward anything I buy with school money stays. Thanks for the info!
     

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