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Greensburg Salem board ponders dress code

| Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Greensburg Salem school directors will consider creating a dress code for students.

Under a proposal discussed Wednesday, directors would vote on a proposal to establish separate clothing regulations for elementary, middle and high school students.

Directors are attempting to avoid problems that arose when dress guidelines changed at the high school shortly before school started in August.

“You just don't tell kids and parents a week before school starts we made these changes,” board member Lee Kunkle said.

While the district has guidelines about dress, there is no formal policy, Superintendent Eileen Amato said. The problem at the high school pointed out the need to make changes, she said.

Kunkle insisted he and other directors formally act on the dress code, rather than have administrators set up the regulations.

“It's policy, and the school board sets policy,” Kunkle said. “That's the problem we have now. We have these guidelines that we're not really reviewing.”

Directors want to vote on the policy months before the next school year starts, so parents are aware of it before shopping for clothing.

Directors indicated during the meeting they oppose making all students wear uniforms.

In another matter, preliminary information sets the district's Act 1 index at 2.2 percent for 2013-14, or the equivalent of a tax increase of up to 1.75 mills, said business manager James Meyer.

Act 1 sets a percentage, or index, for how much districts can increase property taxes, unless they file for exceptions with the state.

District coffers would get about $384,000 more through a 1.75-mill hike, Meyer said.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bs tiles@tribweb.com.

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