Garrard will seek public input on school uniforms in August

May 12, 2004

LANCASTER - Garrard County Board of Education is moving forward - slowly - with discussions about school uniforms.

The board, which appears amenable to some sort of uniform policy, decided Tuesday night to hold a public meeting in early August to discuss the issue.

"I feel very strongly that if you're going to change something like this you need to get public input," said Superintendent Ray Woolsey.

Board member Greg Crutchfield broached the idea in March and received an enthusiastic response from the board.

But others said some parents have since approached them with concerns about uniforms.

Woolsey said a woman who dresses her overweight daughters to minimize their size would be humiliated by uniforms.

Board member Gary Oliver said he's been told uniforms would be more expensive.

Those objections, Woolsey said, are only the beginning.

"There are probably hundreds of things we have not thought of," Woolsey said.

Since the uniform idea appeared, the high school and middle school have been drafting dress codes. None has been adopted.


It was suggested that if uniforms or a dress code were instituted, teachers should be subject to something similar.

"I don't think we've got any teachers wearing baggy pants they can hide a gun in," Oliver said.

Board member Jeff Cooper suggested the board wait and see what the dress codes are like. If they're effective, he said, "maybe we don't need a uniform policy."

Garrard County High School Principal Kevin Stull said that if the board adopts a dress code, "consistency across the district" would make it easier on parents.

In other business, the board approved a plan for three tennis courts at the high school that will be wedged between the baseball and football fields.

Jeff Stivers of Ross-Tarrant, the Lexington architectural firm doing the projects, gave the board the option of a three- or four-court complex. Three courts would cost $219,000, he said, while four would run $323,772. He suggested three courts would be a better fit for the space.

"I think the site is really saying it wants to be a three-court site," he said.

Stivers told the board last month that three courts would cost $180,000. But extra grading, drainage and other factors had pushed the price up.

The courts are expected to open Sept. 15, Stivers said.

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