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January 19, 2014

D118 board to vote on uniforms

DANVILLE — District 118 board members are expected to vote Wednesday whether to implement a school uniform dress code districtwide for the 2014-2015 school year.

Superintendent Mark Denman said late Friday afternoon that two board members, Steve Bragorgos and Frank Young, asked that the “concept” of school uniforms for kindergarten through 12th grade be placed on the agenda for Wednesday night’s meeting.

“This would be for student dress uniforms for the next school year, effective next fall,” Denman said of the vote.

“The details (of the uniforms) would be determined at a later date,” he said.

At a special study session on Jan. 15, several local ministers spoke out in favor of school uniforms, saying they would prevent the display of gang colors, make visitors more visible at the schools and minimize economic class difference and bullying.

School board members also weighed in on the issue, with most appearing to favor having students wear school uniforms.

Also on Wednesday, school board members will hear an update on the East Park Elementary School renovations.

East Park — which was originally built as a junior high school in 1961 and used as a middle school until 1987 — was the third and final school that was improved during District 118’s three-year, $40 million renovation project. South View and North Ridge middle schools were renovated during the first two years of the project.

An open house has been slated for 6 p.m. Feb. 4, at the school on Colfax Street. Past and current East Park staff will be invited to the open house during which tours of the renovations will be given.

When East Park students returned to school late last week from Christmas break, they were served breakfast in a brand new cafeteria that includes a state-of-the-art kitchen.

The new cafeteria, which does not include a stage, has seating capacity for 448 students as well as a new kitchen that were built in the large grassy area to the south of the main entrance to the school.

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