Uniform Changes Delayed Till 2010-2011

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Parents waited more than two hours and through several executive sessions Tuesday night at the Meridian School Board meeting.

Possible uniform changes were on the top of the list. Superintendent Charlie Kent confirmed that school officials have decided not to change the dress code for the 2009-2010 school year.

But parents and business people couldn't get an answer from Kent or the school board Tuesday night on that issue. That left room for speculation and confusion, because a few weeks ago, school officials passed out information stating there would be a change to the uniform policy. It stated all students would be wearing Wildcat blue shirts and khaki or black pants, shorts, or skirts. That same information was still posted on the district's web site under 'district news' for June 2009.

Over the phone, Kent said even though administration was pushing for a consistent uniform policy, information just wasn't put out to the public in time to prepare parents and vendors for the change.

Cynthia Griffin, who's a parent of an incoming senior wants to know why parents were not included in the planning process.

Kent said he will present proposed uniform changes the administration wanted to the school board at a later date. He said the plan is for those changes to be in effect for the 2010-2011 school year.

This uniform issue was one of a laundry list of concerns presented to the school board. The board took all the information in, but didn't respond because members say the public forum is designed to listen to concerns.

Kent said a statement will be published at a later date that will address all the questions, comments and concerns. He says some of the issues brought up can be discussed, while others can't for legal reasons.

MPS board president Edward Lynch said he's working to plan a special meeting for later this month to address some of the concerns. He says the items on the agenda will be to review parents concerns, give an update on the 9th grade building and refine the superintendent's evaluation tool.

The superintendent said the goal is to have all these issues straightened out before registration.

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  • by Concerned Parent Location: Meridian on Jul 13, 2009 at 05:35 AM
    The idea of having consistent uniforms is a great one. The idea that a great deal of parents that have to purchase these uniforms were not really envolved in the decisions bother me. I heard some complain that kids are not wearing the right colors. Let the parents in on what is actually required. Pants without pockets would be a problem. Were are our kids going to keep house keys and lunch money. Some little girls keep personal items in their pockets because little mischevious boys go in their purses. Point being, parents should be envolved in the process of uniform decisions because we have to make the purchases and we are the ones responsible for our children adhearing to the dress code.
  • by concerned Location: Meridian on Jul 2, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    I am concerned that MPSD is not understanding the importance of being consistant. I heard someone say this week that consideration was being given to the elementary students having the option of whether they wear a belt or not. If the clothes have belt loops then they should wear a belt. This is part of the problem with this district. They need to be consistant from k-12. Students need to learn to follow and obey rules.
  • by Dedicated on Jun 22, 2009 at 03:40 PM
    Most of us are career teachers and have devoted our entire life to the education of children. Many have retired and have come back to help these children. Please do not make comments like "teachers are in it for a check." There are many jobs we could have had that paid much more without the stress. Also, many teachers reach into their own pockets to supply children who are in need with clothing, classroom and school supplies. Most teachers work many more hours than an 8 hour job each week. When you leave you still have hours of work at home after taking care of our own families grading papers, recording grades and even talking with parents. The job does not end there, if you see parents while grocery shopping, eating out, shopping or at church you are often involved in talking with parents. Also, many teachers attend sporting events in order to show support to students during the school year.
  • by Concerned for our teachers Location: Meridian on Jun 22, 2009 at 06:24 AM
    CENTRAL OFFICE are you hearing the needs of your teachers in your district? Support and improve your district before you lose more of your best teachers. Improve the discipline policy and make sure the students follow the dress code. Teachers should not have to deal with this every day. Teachers should be given a safe working environment it is the law!
  • by Not working for free! Location: Meridian on Jun 21, 2009 at 04:36 PM
    Do you work for free? Why is it said that teachers are just there for the check? In order to teach, you must have a college degree. Why waste money going to college if you are just in it for a check? There are plenty of jobs were no degree is needed. Please stop looking for teachers to work for free.
  • by Teachers work hard in this district! Location: Meridian on Jun 20, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    Kids are not being harrassed by teachers! Teachers are working hard to keep these out of control children from (bullying)harrassing their peers and talking disrespectfully to all adults. If you try to call the student's parents for help either they have given the wrong phone number so you cannot reach them or the parent talks to the teacher like the child does. TEACHERS are not the enemy they are trying to teach all of these children. The task is getting harder and harder when you spend more time with children and parents who have major behavioral issues. Something needs to be done to help all teachers with the children who have major behavioral issues. I have also had some of these parents come to observe their child and then you have another disruptive child to deal with in the classroom and have to call someone from the office to remove the parent. Office referrals are not working. If you write the student up, they come back and continue to repeat the same behaviors.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2009 at 05:14 AM
    Give Loretta a break....She is right on a couple of things. A lot of teachers are just there for a check, and want our children strung out on meds so they will sit there like little zombies. As for the uniforms, the thing is, if parents monitored what their children wear it would not have come to uniforms. Pants sagging below the waist and shirts so low cut you see it all. And yes, some teachers do harass some kids, and yes I have seen it. It is our job to raise out children right, but it is the schools job to teach and keep our children safe!!
  • by Petra Location: Meridian on Jun 19, 2009 at 06:17 PM
    When uniforms were 1st implemented by MPSD I thought it was a great idea; however, I now find it all quite amusing. For example, last month I was on school campus for awards day. As students filed into the auditorium over half of them were in violation of dress code. Students were wearing everything from pink & gray shirts, to pants that exposed almost the entire buttock as school staff & administrators looked the other way. When I inquired about this I was told the reason the school can't enforce the policy is because parents won't purchase the correct items & if students are sent home it will count against the school's year end grade level score due to lack of attendance. It is quite evident we cannot enforce the uniform policy due to fear of our school level score dropping so I can't help question why we even have uniforms? Furthermore, if pink and gray are the "new white" I can only imagine the varying shades of blue we'll see in the 2010-2011 school year.
  • by To Loretta Location: Meridian on Jun 19, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    Loretta, I think that you are just jealous of the young teachers. What are your degrees? Do you work? Please note that it is your job to RAISE your kids, not the older good teachers. Cameras, 24/7 guards, cops, etc.. wouldn't be needed if children were being raised at home. How do you know that kids are being harassed? Do you visit the classrooms?
  • by Dress for success! Location: Meridian on Jun 18, 2009 at 05:53 PM
    Loretta have you heard of dress for success? The idea is for students to be focused on learning, not on what everyone is wearing or who can try to break the dress code. It is not a style show!!!
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