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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