August 6, 2008

Warrick Schools Studying Uniforms Some Interested in Revising Dress

By LYDIA X. MCCOY, Courier & Press staff writer 464-7431 or [email protected]

The Warrick County School Board will discuss creating a committee to gauge interest in a pilot program for school uniforms at Boonville Junior High School when it meets Monday.

School Superintendent Brad Schneider said board members are in the earliest stages of discussion and that should the board approve an impact statement for the program, it gives them the opportunity to put a proposal together.

"The support for this is really coming from the parents, and I know they have discussed it with the teachers and I think there is some support there," he said.

There's a desire to at least study the issue to see how much interest is there, he said.

"This is just to put together a study group, so there will be nothing for the 2008-2009 school year," Schneider said. "If we can get enough support and the board approves it, this wouldn't start until 2009, 2010. I think they're just trying to get it out and get people involved and get their comments and see if they can come up with a proposal that is agreeable to the majority of parents."

Diane Wallen, who has two children in the Warrick County School Corp., is one of the parents supporting the group.

"The first year my daughter was in junior high, which was three years ago, the attire chan- ged so much from sixth grade to seventh grade," she said.

"There was just so much time and emphasis put on.. maintaining the clothing attire I think the pressures are different from elementary to junior high. I'm not advocating for a uniform. I'm advocating for more of a standardized dress. It is kind of like a uniform, but I don't want a uniform to get into people's heads."

That would include things such as no holes in students' jeans, polo shirts and school T-shirts, she said.

"We have to get a lot of people on board to make it a reality," Wallen said. "I think if the children know what they have to wear when they get up in the morning and don't have to decide is this too low or this too high, it's going to take a lot less thought process. Maybe they can focus more on what they're supposed to be doing. I think it would be awesome for our children and our community at large."

Monday's school board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the corporation's main building.

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