Wednesday, October 13, 1999

Schools could have option on uniforms

Board votes Oct. 25 on proposal

Enquirer Contributor

        MIDDLETOWN — Middletown/Monroe Schools soon might join a small but growing number of Greater Cincinnati public school districts where children wear uniforms.

        A proposed policy introduced Monday would allow each school to decide whether to adopt a voluntary uniform, provided parental consent was obtained.

        The proposal is in response to last April's vote by students at Lemon-Monroe High School favoring uniforms. It comes just months after the board adopted a stricter dress code for this year.

        If the school board adopts the policy — a vote is scheduled for Oct. 25 — Lemon-Monroe would have to follow its procedures before adopting a uniform.

        Norwood, Hamilton and Cincinnati schools also have at least one building — mostly elementary schools — where uniforms are worn on a voluntary basis.

        One parent said he opposes the proposed policy.

        “If we wanted them to have uniforms, we would have sent them to a private school,” said Patrick Wilson, whose son attends Lemon-Monroe High School.

        Student reaction was mixed.

        “I think it's good,” said Taylor Adkins, a junior at Middletown High School. ""You can't tell the rich people from the poor. Everybody would wear the same kind of stuff.”

        Sixteen-year-old Joey Peters disagreed.

        “I don't have enough money to buy uniforms. I'd have to wash it every night,” Joey said.

        “I'm for it. With this new dress code we can't wear regular clothes anyway,” said Niki Vinson, 17. ""I had to buy new clothes anyway.”


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