PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - School supplies are expensive, and often the extra cost falls to teachers and parents.
Lamar County School Superintendent Tess Smith said her district has tried to keep cost down.
"We have tried over the years to reduce the list because we know it's difficult for parents," she said. "And just look back trough and say 'okay do we really need five glue sticks for the class or can I get by with two?' So we have tried to reduce those things for parents and for our students."
But parents on Seven on Your Side's Facebook said they still see long supply lists.
"I always feel like I'm supplying the school when I buy 50+ #2 pencils," Kristin Malone Dykes said. " I know for sure my kid will not use that in a school year, 6 glue sticks, 4 packs of 20 count crayons. I don't know it just seems a bit much. I definitely don't mind buying Kleenex, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies and such."
Other parents didn't feel they should be paying for cleaning supplies.
Smith said her district tries to keep costs low for parents without burdening the teachers.
"We use every dime that we get on every student to, you know fund that classroom," Smith said. "From the teacher standing in the front of the room to the technology in the room to, you know, the bus that got them there that day. It takes every dollar."