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Uniform issue to be decided on at Thursday's meeting

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POSTED: June 6, 2007 5:18 a.m.

Whether or not Bryan County schools will have a mandatory uniform policy is one of the issues to be decided by the Board of Education tomorrow at 6 p.m.

It will take place at the BoE’s regular scheduled meeting in the media center at Carver Elementary.

The meeting is open to the public. Those wanting to address the board must sign up before the meeting in order to be heard.

If approved, all students will be required to wear clothing within guidelines detailed in a handout sent home to parents on May 14.

The revised policy differs from the previously proposed version in that there is less variety to the acceptable clothing. If approved, Bryan County students will only be allowed to wear white or navy blue shirts and khaki pants, shorts or skirts.

The original uniform policy was tabled during last month’s board of education meeting, but was thrown back on the agenda after a called meeting the following week.

The called meeting included area principals advocating the policy to board members and also revealed a secret ballot by teachers which shows teachers back a uniform policy 302 to 113.

As a result of discussion among board members at that called meeting, the uniform policy was immediately taken off the table and added to the agenda of tomorrow’s meeting.

Numerous parents have spoken out against the policy and are expected to appear at the meeting, saying parents should have been polled before the issue was brought back to the table.

 

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