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It's ba-ack! NASB will again consider a dress code

Thursday, February 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN pwillistein@tnonline.com in Local News

Look sharp, Konkrete Kids, a student dress code is again under consideration.

The issue of a student dress code, which brought out hundreds of students and parents to meetings several years ago in the Northampton Area High School auditorium, will again be taken up by the Northampton Area School District administration and board of education.

A draft policy of the student dress code was given to the NASD school board at the Jan. 31 meeting. The policy was not made available to the public.

"It's been a point of discussion for the last three or four years," said NASD Assistant Superintendent Jeanette Gilliland.

The student dress code is expected to be an agenda item at the 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 school board meeting, and probably the 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 school board meeting.

The administration wants a "yes" or "no" decision on the student dress code by the 6:30 p.m. March 11 meeting.

"I don't want to get into a speech. It's a draft policy," said NASD Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik.

"It [the dress code] needs to be put on as a discussion item [on the agenda]," said board Vice President Jane Erdo.

School board member Jennifer Miller agreed.

"I think it's time we got on this," said school board member Jean Rundle.

"We need the students' input," said board member Judy Odenwelder.

When questioned by a reporter for Northampton Press after the Jan. 31 meeting, Gilliland said the dress code does not propose uniforms for students.

Neither she nor administration officials and school board members would elaborate on the details of the dress code, which was put forth by the policy committee.

The committee looked at about 15 area student dress code policies. The committee has been working on the policy since summer 2012.

The policy committee includes school board members Rundle, Miller, Dr. Michael Baird and Robert Koch.