Fellow board member Frank Young agreed. “This isn’t going to solve all the problems we have, but you can’t dress the way you do at school and expect to get a job. If we make a policy, it has to be districtwide, and I don’t want to do another survey.”
Also during Wednesday’s study session, a financial update of the district was presented by business director Heather Smith. A reduction in state aid and higher insurance costs might force the district to make staff and program cuts in the spring and to tap into the district’s reserves.
The board also reviewed the district’s facilities. Ron Henton, director of buildings and grounds, presented an overview of health and life safety work to be completed in the district. Henton said the district doesn’t have the money to do many of the projects and might have to ask the state for an extension.
Lastly, board members explored academics and student achievement, including the impact of Common Core Standards.
COMING UP The District 118's Ownership in Education Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the cafetorium at South View Middle School. The committee is expected to discuss school uniforms.