PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) - Perrysburg High School is stopping a tradition nearly 100 years old.
The school newspaper will no longer be part of the curriculum starting in the fall, due to a lack of student interest, said school district officials. The Somethin' newspaper has been an elective at the school since the 1920s, but now administrators said there are not enough students to keep it going. Only a few students signed up for the course next year.
School administrators said financially, they could not justify keeping the elective, especially after seeing a declining interest in the paper. They attribute the decline to a desire for more immediate news from online sources and social media sites.
Administrators also said the course has a heavy workload, but the high school has not given up hope yet.
However, administrators said they would be willing to give the paper another chance in the future.
"We'll look at what the student interest level is, and if we can build it back up, we certainly have the talented staff that can do it. And I think we have the students who can do the work, certainly. A lot of it right now is a matter of interest level," said Dr. Michael Short, principal of Perrysburg High School.
On Friday, students will hand out the final publication of the newspaper.