School supplies hard to stock up for Rogue Valley school districts

, Posted: Fri, August 22 2014 at 10:18 PM, Updated: Fri, August 22 2014 at 11:06 PM

Medford, Ore.--  With school less than two weeks away this is a big weekend for back to school shopping in Southern Oregon. 

Some parents are noticing the list of supplies is getting longer and more specific. And teachers said budget cuts are to blame. 

A teacher with Jackson County School District 9 said she spends at least $1,000 dollars of her own money on books, supplies, anything the school can't cover. And parents need to pitch in more these days too.

The teacher we spoke with said it comes down to the bottom line and the district's limited cash for supplies.

And because some families can't afford the supplies, teachers pitch in their own dollars.

One teacher with the Medford School District said Medford narrows down items families' need to purchase to the bare minimum.

Parents said it feels like the list gets longer every year.

"The kids...there's so much that they need when you keep cutting back and back it's just sad," said Holly Cannon.

Both teachers said at the end of the day all that matters is giving their students the education they deserve. So they make it work with what they've got.

Classes for both Medford and Eagle Point School Districts start the first week of September.

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