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Parents upset kids moving supplies during school hours

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Kids at a school in Scottsdale have been moving boxes and supplies during school hours, and some parents are sounding off about it.

Schools these days are facing tough economic times - and the Scottsdale Unified School District is no different. To make room for preschool classes thanks to another school closing, things are moving and shaking at Laguna Elementary. But parents at Laguna Elementary said class time should not used to play musical chairs.

"They're taking time out of the school day to move book shelves and books and materials and supplies from one room to the other," said one father who asked that we not use his real name, so we'll call him Max. He wonders why it can't wait until summer.

"What bothers me is that it's happening during school time," Max said. "There's probably plenty of people who would volunteer or do it after school hours."

The executive director of elementary schools for the district, David McNeil, tells us the PTO signed off on this plan. He said students won't lose any more than two hours of instruction time but Max believes his kids have lost more.

"They've at least lost more than two hours so far, and it's only a week or so into it," Max said. "I don't believe that, and they shouldn't lose any."

McNeil also told us kids are only moving desk supplies like pencil boxes, posters and textbooks - though this picture one parent took shows two kids carrying a much heavier load. The station was told since everyone is pitching in, this will actually save class time in the long run. But Max said he wishes he knew about it before they had his kids rolling up their sleeves.

"I didn't know about it, and maybe the PTO was involved, but I didn't hear anything about that," Max said, "I certainly would have objected to that."

The station reached out to the PTO but have yet to hear back.

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