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Posted: April 23, 2009 9:13 a.m.

Board approves uniforms for Sharp students

Teachers seem excited

The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved uniforms for students attending Sharp Learning Center at Tuesday night's board meeting. Sharp teaches attending the meeting seemed excited about the approval.

According to the memo released at an April 14 board meeting, Superintendent Steve Whatley recommended the stringent dress code because it was a "positive and cost-effective way to create a more unified, positive and safe school climate focused more strongly on the learning process."

The idea of a uniform dress code, which has been discussed before, will hopefully minimize disruptive behavior, improve discipline, assist in preventing gang activity and allow for easy identification of intruders on campus.

The administration had spoken with several parents and has had positive feedback from them and the teachers at the school. Administrators even browsed local discount stores and found that an outfit that matches the dress code perfectly does not exceed $20.

The staff and administration of Sharp had requested that the dress code be implemented starting the 2009-2010 school year. The dress code will be in the packet of information parents are required to sign when their child is sent to Sharp so they will be aware of it before their child enters the school. The uniform can be purchased anywhere and parents are not required to purchase directly from the school or any specific store.

According to a copy of the dress code parents are responsible for their child and should make sure they follow the dress code both on campus and on the school bus every day. Dress code violations will require a parent conference for each occurrence.

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