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NCCS approves new dress code

June 15, 2011

A new dress code will force many elementary school students to wear uniforms next year.

The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved standard code of dress policy Monday for elementary school students to go into effect next school year. The board did not vote on a particular uniform, but rather approved an action that will force each elementary school’s staff to construct a dress code with input from parents.

The school staff and parents must present the new dress code to the board by Aug. 8.

Despite approving the dress code for next year, board members made it clear that nothing will be enforced until January, at the earliest.

The board’s reasons for implementing a dress code varied, but revolved around one key theme — create a less hostile school environment while establishing an “equal” playing field.

“I think we forget how quickly children figure out, ‘He’s a have-not,’” said NCCS Superintendent Barry Redmond.

After briefly discussing personnel cuts and end-of-grade test scores, board members debated the dress code policy for nearly an hour Monday.

When NCCS Board Vice Chairwoman Betty Coulter questioned the economic timing of the dress code, NCCS board member Jim Stockner spoke up.

“There’s probably no better time than now to do this,” Stockner said, adding that it is such a small crowd that does not want the uniforms.

“It’s cheaper for parents to do this than to go buy all the designer clothes kids want.”

The “small crowd” that Stockner refers to voiced their disapproval of the dress code at several public forums held the weeks leading up to the board’s vote. Coulter reiterated those concerns to the board Monday, telling them that some parents said they would not be able to afford a second or third outfit specifically for school.

“I can see where it looks good, but I am concerned at a time when the economy is as such,” Coulter said.

NCCS board member Kyle Drum is one of the main proponents of the dress code policy and cited the success of a lot of other school district — national and local — that benefited from a standard code of dress.

When NCCS Board Chairman Scott Loudermelt said he has not seen a great need for a dress code in the elementary schools, Drum took a stand.

“This was not about waiting for a problem to happen,” Drum said. “We are trying to be proactive before problems happen.”

The board discussed how there was a great need for a dress code when the middle school’s code of dress was established. They agreed that there has been a clear difference in the atmosphere at the middle schools since the implementation.

“In middle schools, once we went to the dress code, the teachers were back in charge,” Redmond said.

The new dress code policy will effect six grades at South Newton, Shuford and Thornton elementary schools.

Loudermelt said it is only fair that each school’s staff and parents be involved in the process, seeing that they are going to be the ones most effected by the policy.

Comments

Clothes?

June 20, 2011 by prouddaddy, 3 years 23 weeks ago
Comment: 478

What about the high school. It is so much worse with the peer pressure and ragging on the kids that don't have much. When you walk into the high school all you see is baggie clothes. Also who holds the teachers accountable for what they wear. I don't think wearing flip flops to school is setting a good example for young people today. I am a father of 2 in NCCS. I graduated from the system and I am terrified of what my children are going through. I support the dress code, but it is not the problem. Look at the budget, get more teachers instead of cutting them and Dr. Redmon if he wanted to could take a pay cut to help save our kids. I will call who ever on the real problems. Really Cloths! I don't think so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See this is what Im talkin about..

June 16, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 3 years 23 weeks ago
Comment: 462

..the School Board finally being accountable to the poeple, not just the soccer moms, but ALL the people. I dont have any kids, I dont like kids and am tired of looking at these disheveled or just plan bizarre looking bunch of hooligans running around Newton. Man it is just disgusting the way they walk around with their pants pulled down an ddressed like they just got out of a opiumn den. I have even seen 'em going to shool in their FREAKIN pajamas fer heavens sake. Make 'em tow the line some! Now lets get a hold of our schools and get em back where they should be, under control and out of sight and mind for the taxpayers! Also, there are TOO many cars at the high school. If they are all so Doggone fat, then they can walk to school! It cant hurt, unless one of the fat kids trips and falls on you!

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