Pinellas County School Board postpones vote on modified dress code

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The proposed dress codes were listed in a blog post on the Tampa Bay Times website.

Parents speaking on the matter acknowledged that the color shirt on their children wouldn?t change their grades or how often they get bullied.

A parent from John Hopkins Middle School questioned how many of the low-income families in the county would be able to afford new uniforms for the upcoming school year.

Chairman Peggy O?Shea said that one of the hardest tasks in a new dress code would be enforcement.

Administrators, she said, aren?t fashion police.

The agenda items were pulled with no vote, but the school board will discuss the proposed uniforms at a workshop on June 26 and reconvene with an announced meeting.

Tuesday?s meeting also feature an auditorium packed with concerned parents and students vying for the renewal of Tarpon Springs High School assistant principal Wayne McKnight?s contract.

Gracie Samarkos, a rising senior at Tarpon Springs, questioned how a man who cares about everyone could possibly lose his job.

One parent called him a ?walking, talking dropout prevention program,? citing his personal contact with students at risk of dropping out of school.

Lauren Thomson, a rising senior, talked about how McKnight embodied the sense of family and community at the school.

?You never leave a family member behind,? she said.

It may be all khakis and collars in the fall.

The Pinellas County School Board on Tuesday discussed a nine-school mandatory modified dress code policy.

Nine schools, three elementary and six middle, are considering a modified dress code that would put its students in polo shirts and khaki, blue or black pants. The schools include Azalea Middle, Dunedin Elementary, Dunedin Highland Middle, John Hopkins Middle, Largo Middle, Lynch Elementary, Palm Harbor Middle, Skycrest Elementary and Tyrone Middle.

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