Officials Called List ‘Embarrassment For The School District’

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The Hempstead School District has addressed concerns over a summer reading list that was released riddled with spelling errors at a news conference.

A district spokeswoman delivered a two-line statement and refused to answer questions Thursday afternoon.

“Disciplinary action has been taken against the personnel who made the unfortunate clerical errors while compiling the list,” Hempstead schools spokesperson Alicia Figueras said. “This should not reflect the district itself and we continue to pride ourselves offering our students the highest standards of education.”

“The Hempstead School District sincerely apologizes for the mistakes. The errors were an isolated incident and does not reflect the quality of the educational institution we have worked so hard to build in this community,”  Figueras said.

The seven-page list provided by the Hempstead School District had over 20 spelling errors “which resulted in an embarrassment for the school district,” school officials said in the statement.

EXTRAS: Highlighted List Of Some Spelling Errors (pdf) | Full Summer Reading List (pdf)

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” was incorrectly identified as “The Great Gypsy.”

The names of several authors were also misspelled, including Emily Bronte who was identified as “Emily Bonte” and “George Ornell” for George Orwell.

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