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January 23, 2014

District 118 OKs uniform dress

Students, parents speak out against clothing changes


District 118 parent Molly LaMar criticized the board for “placing the cart before the horse” by voting on a uniform standard of dress before knowing what it would entail.

“Who’s going to police this?” she said. “Are you going to have someone at the front door of DHS at 8 a.m. checking all 1,700 kids?”

North Ridge parent Patty Walters also complained about the board’s haste to vote on the issue.

“It’s very rushed, like it’s trying to be passed under the radar and that doesn’t feel good,” she said. “The dress code needs to be enforced before I spend money on uniforms.”

She said uniform dressing won’t solve some of the issues, such as droopy pants.

“Pants can be bought too big. If they want to sag their pants, they can do it,” she said. “It’s not fair to penalize the kids who follow the dress code.”

Bragorgos, however, said, “Our schools are in trouble. They are in a state of continual decline. We’re not here for what people want us to do. We’re here for what’s best for our community.

“A uniform is not a major expense. It costs much less than what they currently wear,” he said.

“If you don’t wear a uniform, you can go home,” he said, adding “that he didn’t care” if having fewer students in school might result in a loss of state and federal aid to the district.

Board member Dr. Randal Ashton, who cast the dissenting vote, said although he likes uiniforms, he thinks the voting on it was "hasty."

"I'm against this. In no way do I think this is a good idea," he said. "If every student spent $100 on uniforms, that's $600,000 that has to be spent because of the actions of this board."  

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