Friday, June 30, 2000

Third school adopts uniform

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        MIDDLETOWN — Students at Central Academy will join their counterparts at Stephen T. Vail Middle and Taft Accelerated schools who will begin wearing uniforms when classes resume.

        Central Academy became the third school to complete requirements for a voluntary uniform policy adopted by the Middletown Board of Education almost a year ago. Under the policy a school could adopt a voluntary policy only if it had parental approval after a six-month period, during which a committee heard comments. .

        Calling uniforms a self-image booster, parent Greg Suchomeo said adopting them would foster a team spirit at the school.

        “It took focus off outward image and redirected it to an inner identity,” said Mr. Suchomeo this week when he and Principal Linda Carpenter reported the results of the uniform committee's efforts to the school board.

        Eighty-one percent of the 156 parents who voted favored uniforms.

        Although the policy is voluntary, Ms. Carpenter said many parents asked that it become mandatory the second year, similar to what Vail adopted.


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