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Principals at each school in the Brentwood Borough School District would be able to decide what students can and can't wear to class, under a planned policy revision.

“This actually pulled the specifics out,” said Julia McCarthy, chairwoman of the school board's policy and planning committee. “It made the policy more general.”

Board members on Monday held the first reading of a revised dress and grooming policy for the district. The policy now is available for review in school offices and at the Brentwood Public Library, and the board will consider a final reading and approval next month, McCarthy said.

The current policy was “too specific,” Superintendent Ronald Dufalla said.

That district-wide policy detailed dress requirements, such as stating that “no student shall wear spandex or other tight-fitting clothes” and requiring that basketball jerseys and tank tops be worn with a T-shirt with sleeves or a similar top underneath.

“It had older wording and was just not appropriate at this point,” McCarthy said.

The district's dress policy has not been updated since 2006. It did allow each building principal to enforce his or her rules, but also required principals to adhere to the district code.

Administrators at Brentwood Middle/High School updated that school's dress code for the 2013-14 school year, putting rules in the student handbook.

Changes were made to remove subjective rules, and to clearly define what students should wear, administrators have said.

Other news

Board members approved the 2013 day camp final report and agreed to bill Brentwood Borough for half of the expenses that totaled $10,545. Also:

• Board members approved hiring Jayson Livingston as assistant coach for girls' high school basketball for the 2013-14 school year.

• Four part-time school police officers were approved to work in the Brentwood Borough School District. They are: Jeremy Bogdanski, Corrin Culhane, William Reed Jr. and Matthew Shaffer.

They will divide shifts to fill the job of one full-time school police officer who resigned, Superintendent Ronald Dufalla said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or

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