170 head and shoulder shots with no pay

Started Jul 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
Erik Magnuson Forum Pro • Posts: 12,247

David Pavlich wrote:

It's been a LONG time since I was in high school and maybe the schools don't do this sort of thing anymore. I would hope so....it's a good learning experience.

I'm sure they can do fundraisers.  But I think you forget about bureaucracy: a teacher (or even a principal) often can't just hire anyone on a whim.  They might have to get competitive bids from a list of preferred vendors.  Imagine the paper work and the approvals that would be needed.  In my school back in my day (late 70's) , the contract with the studio that did the student shots was exclusive - you couldn't pay anyone else to do this as a "school photo" for the yearbook.

The problem is that the person on the pointy end of the problem (the teacher and/or the students) has the least control when money enters the picture.  Some schools use booster clubs (or the PTA) to bypass the funding rules -- although that would not solve the exclusive contract issue.

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