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Grandview Middle School step closer to school uniforms

GRANDVIEW - Nearly 10 parents showed at this past Monday night's Grandview School Board meeting to voice their opinions on a proposed dress code policy at the middle school.

The dress code policy would be an enforcement of school uniforms. At the board meeting, Superintendent Kevin Chase presented to the directors results of several data points showing parents' opinion on the policy: a survey passed out at conferences and a phone survey that called most who may be affected by the policy.

An overwhelming support came through with the process, proving to board directors there is enough support to continue down the road to the creation of a policy.

The next steps, according to Superintendent Kevin Chase, are to find a consultant to help with the process and begin developing a committee to help form a dress code policy. He says it's in the best interest of all stakeholders to keep the process open, transparent and considerate of all involved.

Board director Zulma Ochoa asked if the district had a budget for a consultant. Chase responded, saying it would be worth the cost to "do it right."

Board director Alfonso Contreras said there may not be a need for a consultant. But he made a motion to continue with the process. Director Tim Grow made the second motion, citing the process needs to make clear to parents, students and the community why a school uniform policy is wanted or needed at the middle school.

"The numbers tell us it's certainly worth listening to," he added.

Grow also asked for a step-by-step update of the policy, including being able to review first, second and final drafts of the policy.

Before voting to move forward Ochoa asked, "So to make it clear, we can stop all processes at any point?"

Chase nodded in agreement, and the board unanimously approved to continue with the formation of a dress code policy enforcing uniforms at the middle school.

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