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School uniforms for students next year

The 2005-2006 school year saw the mandatory introduction of collared shirts to the county’s student dress code policy.

Now the school board had taken the changes one step further.

Students throughout the ScrevenCounty school system will be required to wear school uniforms to classes beginning in the 2010-2011 year.

“We want to get the word out to the public as soon as possible,” said Superintendent Whit Myers.

The board plans to decide before the end of 2009 what the new policy will entail. Myers said BOE members over the years have shown an interest in making the change.

“I may be wrong and I may be dead wrong, but I think it will make a lot of mommies and daddies happy,” said Lindy Sheppard, the board chair.

Board member Julie Cannon said she looks forward to the process.

The school board will implement the school uniform policy for all students for the 2010-2011 school year.

The board is instructing the administration to develop an appropriate policy regarding school uniforms,  Myers said.

The board also has instructed the administration to solicit input from school system stakeholders as the specifics of the school uniform policy are developed, he said.

The board also will instruct the superintendent to present a monthly report to the BOE in regards to the progress made in the development of the system’s school uniform policy.

Board member Tom Avret said he thinks the children he has seen wearing uniforms in neighboring counties look nice.

“With this, nobody has to worry about trying to outdo the other,” Avret said of the peer pressure to have in-style clothing.

Myers said no major dress code violations prompted the change. School board members over the years instead have shown an interest in the switch.