'Out with the old and in with the new' is what Greene County teachers and students are saying needs to happen with their battered and outdated textbooks.
"We have a teacher who graduated six years ago and a student showed him his name in the book he's teaching from," said Cyndy Sprinkle, a teacher at William Monroe High School. "That speaks volumes as to how old these text books are."
But despite the poor conditions of textbooks, teachers say they are making due, even though better books would definitely make a difference. "We do the best we can, but I think we have great students in Greene County, and I think they deserve quality books."
Students agree with Sprinkler. "I'm a senior, so new books won't benefit me, but I have younger cousins who won't graduate until 2010 and 2012," said Michelle Hartley, a student at William Monroe High School. "It would be nice for them to have better books."
'The Language of Literature' is one of the new books that teachers are trying to get in their classrooms, and Superintendent Ray Dingledine says he and other school officials are working to make that happen.
"This is definitely a priority for us and we are gong to do everything possible to ensure the students have what they need," said Dingledine. "This is very important to us."