By PAUL SIMS
In the coming school year, the Starkville School District’s student dress code will be consistent district-wide with broader options available.
The SSD board voted Tuesday to adopt the 2011-2012 student handbook containing the updated standards.
At all district schools, the policy previously allowed the following:
u Shirts: Short- or long-sleeve collared shirts, to include turtlenecks and or button-down or polo types.
u Pants: Black or khaki-colored.
u Optional items: Khaki jumpers and fleece or sweater vests.
At Sudduth Elementary School, Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary School and Armstrong Middle School, the standard school colors this past year were black, gold/yellow and white. The new policy allows students at these schools to wear grey.
At Starkville High School, black, grey and white were the allowed colors. This coming year, gold/yellow will be added as a permitted shade.
Previously, black and khaki denim were allowed at Sudduth and Henderson Ward Stewart. The new policy permits the use of these colors and this material at Starkville High.
The policy says changes were made to allow more clothing options and that it will be enforced strictly.
The dress code change will make it “very consistent all the way across,” Beth Sewell, the district’s acting superintendent, said at Tuesday’s meeting.
The school year coming to an end was the first year of the dress code with these requirements.
This is the second edition of a district-wide handbook, Sewell said, adding: “We think it worked very well last year.”
In other matters, the board:
u Heard a presentation from architect Shelton Jones on the proposed field house at Starkville High School. Bids for the project will be received in early June. The project estimate is $1.5 million. Officials have discussed using a portion of the district’s remaining bond money to fund the bulk of the project, with officials planning to raise money to pay for additional features.
u Asked Comptroller Rob Logan to provide greater detail on payable items he presents to the panel. Logan said he would ask school representatives to provide further explanation of the reason for expenses.
u Approved a $2,836.67 request from Armstrong Middle School for Mississippi History Fair winners to go to the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. June 12-17.
u Authorized a request from Armstrong for a fundraiser in the next school year to sell jackets with the school logo.