By Staff Writers Marshall Byington and Ethan Barber
Called Spring Cleaning because it occurs largely during spring break, the event started on March 25 and will end April 15, meaning students have only a little more time to get their fines in. “[The ASB office] wants to get the message across that even during spring break, students could [pay their fines] online,” said librarian Katie Myrick. The event is used not only as a way to collect any money that’s due to the school, but also to allow students to attend big events like prom and graduation, as they won’t be eligible to do so if they don’t pay their fines beforehand.
Assistance is available for students who are unable to pay their fines, particularly for students who have a financial need. “Talk to Ms. Parret, because she may have some options for you,” said Myrick.
In some cases, paying for the fine might not be the only solution. “Sometimes it’s much less expensive to find a replacement for the book, like at a used bookstore or [someplace else that provides it],” Myrick said. “[I] always encourage students to talk to [me] about [it].” Another solution for fines caused by overdue books are to return them if they’re not missing, as the fine is removed once they’re returned.
Part of the Spring Cleaning event is the rewards involved. Students who return their books to the library during the event will get a piece of candy or a free comic book, and the class that reduces their fines by the greatest amount will get an unspecified reward for the entire class to share.
“As a school, we are looking at over [$31,000] worth of fines, and that’s not acceptable. We need to get those taken care of.”