Parent on Northwood's lack of yearbooks: 'I think it's just wrong'


Andy Watts displays a class yearbook that his 10-year-old son, Gus’, teacher produced for Northwood Elementary School third-graders. The school ceased printing a yearbook due to production costs, former principal Jacqueline Craig said.

Published: Monday, June 24, 2013 at 11:14 AM.

CRESTVIEW — School's out, but Northwood Elementary School’s decision to cease printing yearbooks still concerns Crestview resident Andy Watts, whose son, Gus, just finished third grade.  

"I think it's just wrong," he said. "I have never heard of such a thing."

Ending publication of a bound edition of classmates’ faces means the end of a sentimental pastime, he said.

"What parent doesn't want to reflect on school memories with their children," Andy said.

Former principal Jacqueline Craig — who was on the school’s leadership committee that voted down the yearbook — said that costs factored into the decision.

“Due to low volume sales, there were several years the school had to subsidize the financing of the yearbook by paying a portion of the publishing costs," she said in an email. “... It had become cost prohibitive for our school and for our families.”

Additionally, the school paid substitutes to watch classes while full-time teachers compiled yearbook material, Craig said.

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