KCHS principal Raymond Robinson presented the school board a proposal to expand standard dress and grooming guidelines that is not to be confused with a uniform dress code. The presentation was meant to give information publicly and to hear feedback from the trustees and other district leaders.
“It’s not a uniform that we want to go to,” said Robinson as he addressed the board. “We want to go to a standard dress for our kids at the high school. We’re looking at a standard dress for the top half of the body throughout the (school) day to make us look more neat and presentable in the classroom and when we have visitors to the campus.”
According to Robinson, the dress standard for shirts is meant to also help establish a policy that will bring better criterion and clarity to some students who may wear clothing that have inappropriate logos or shirts that may be distracting and too revealing.
The proposed dress standard for shirts states that “shirts must be black, orange, or white Polo style or t-shirts, or any school spirit shirt.” Shirts cannot have logos. Students will be able to wear any button-up shirt to school and those kinds of shirts will not be restricted to orange, black, or white. Button-up shirts can be either collared or have mandarin collars. Shirts will not be required to be tucked in unless the length of a shirt violates general dress and grooming guidelines, according to Robinson.
“We are not asking for parents to have to purchase uniforms for their children, but rather have students conform to a standard dress on the top half of the body,” said Robinson.
Certain exceptions to the dress code will be made for special circumstances and events such as Spirit Week, College Thursday or Halloween.
Robinson states that the dress code for the lower half of the body will not change. Students can continue to wear what they have normally worn to school provided it complies with the high school general dress and grooming guidelines.
The proposed dress code for shirts will go through further review and consideration and, if approved by the school board, will be implemented in the 2014-2015 school year.
In other matters, the board:
-Approved action to request bids for an oil, gas, and mineral lease. According to Superintendent Jeanette Winn, the bid request is for the Panna Maria House property which the district sold a few years ago. The property was previously under a three year mineral lease, which recently expired. In order to lease it again, the district must go through the process of soliciting bids.
-Approved a refund of overpaid taxes. “Section 31.11 of the Property Tax Code book states that if a taxpayer has to be refunded over $500, it needs to be approved by the governing body of the taxing unit,” said Winn. Refunds were made to three taxpayers totaling $3,283.89.
-Approved changes made to TASB Policy Update 99. Changes were made to eight policies that included revisions and deletions.