PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Dan Sandini was running the track at Lincoln High School when he noticed the Dumpster was piled full of desks and chairs.
Sandini looked closer, took a video of the equipment that looked perfectly good, and posted it on his blog, DaylightDisinfectant.com.
“The school district here spends $830 million a year,” he told KOIN 6 News. “It took me awhile to get my mind around that and I know there’s a lot of wasteful things, that I would perceive as wasteful things.”
But school principal Peyton Chapman said the school wasn’t being wasteful.
Chapman, who was not available to speak on-camera, said the desks were replaced by tables, which she said are better for group learning. The new tables were not bought with taxpayer money, but rather from donations collected through DonorsChoose.org.
She said the campaign is still underway for furniture for another classroom at Lincoln High. They looked for an organization that might be want the desks, but she said there was not an interest.
What’s more, she said, the desks weren’t thrown away. They were recycled.
Sandini remains skeptical this was not wasteful.
“What are they teaching our children?” he said. “I just think throwing away perfectly good equipment that could be used for a school, maybe we get together money to ship that stuff to a school that could use it.”
He also remains concerned.
“Secondly, if they are applying for donations from some kind of charitable organization, there probably is equipment inside of that school that needs replacing. And, I’m a software engineer. I can guarantee you, they don’t have the latest computers or enough of them for those kids or the latest software.