At Lecanto High School [LHS], the library asks all students and faculty who have checked out books to return them before the end of the 2012-13 school year, May 23.
Overdue books can make or break a student’s graduation, as seniors are not allowed to graduate with fines that need to be paid along with textbooks and other school-owned property still in their possession. All secondary schools in the Citrus County School District follow this, as stated by the Citrus County School Board.
Media Specialist Clare Malloy sends her warnings about overdue books through homeroom teachers periodically.
“We [media staff] send out overdue fine slips during homeroom periods so that we can make sure that the student doesn’t have to pay as much as three dollars for one book,” Malloy said.
“I’ve turned in my books before they got too expensive,” sophomore Yaroslav Denisov said. “I don’t want to end up using a full ten dollar bill on two books.”
“I had to spend around $8.70 since I kept them since Christmas,” sophomore Jake Bandstra said. “But since I did that, I can graduate in two years if I don’t repeat the same ‘hold-them-forever’ deal.”