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January 30, 2012

School Board Finalizing Student Dress Code

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Sharp-dressed students were on the agenda last week at the McKeesport Area School District.

School officials said that Maryland-based sporting goods manufacturer Under Armour may soon be naming the high school football team one of its "Under Armour Undeniable" programs based on its athletic achievements. Meanwhile, the district will soon solicit public comments on a dress code for all students.

At Wednesday's meeting, School Director Trisha Gadson said the board's Legislation and Policy Committee has developed a timeline for the implementation of a proposed new dress code throughout the district.

The committee expects to distribute this week a one-page flyer to local community leaders with its proposals, soliciting feedback from the public, Gadson said.

The public may provide feedback to building principals or submit comments through a link that will be available on the MASD website. The deadline for feedback is March 5.

After a follow up meeting in late March, the committee plans to present a first reading of the proposed dress code on March 28 to the school board, and a second reading on April 25, Gadson said.

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In other business, the school board approved a three-year contract with Under Armour supplying the high school football team with apparel, pending review by the district's solicitor.

McKeesport Tigers football coach Jim Ward said the company reached out to the district with its proposal to fit the football program with apparel, based on the program's accomplishments over a long period of time.

Only 56 programs in the country are "Under Armour Undeniable" schools, and MASD is the only district in Pennsylvania that received this proposal, he added.

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A new pre-calculus course will combine the current half-year Trigonometry and College Algebra courses into one full-year class under the high school curriculum, School Director Mary Jane Keller said. The new course was approved by the board's Education, Technology, Grants and Outside Funding Committee.

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Public Relations and Communications Specialist Kristen Giran reported that a group of students helped celebrate School Director Recognition Month by reading statements to the board emphasizing the importance of public education.

Superintendent Tim Gabauer reported that a group of Western Pennsylvania business leaders visited the district as part of Leadership Pittsburgh to gave students a chance to speak about their experiences in MASD.

The visit was an opportunity to show "what McKeesport is, what McKeesport stands for and where McKeesport is going," Gabauer said.

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I feel it is time to start regaining a little control. I feel this may be a good start. All students wearing the same choice of clothing, THE SAME WAY.Pants pulled up properly!!!!!!!!!!! I feel there would be less focus on who is wearing what. And more focus on learning or self respect.
reyna hernandez - January 30, 2012

Back in the day (1968) we were a sharply dressed student body — starched button down oxford shirts, cordovan shoes with a shine and slacks with a crease ironed into them. The guys would buy clothes from David Israels, H B Klien, Kadars or Cox’s. The word “preppy” comes to mind when I think of how we looked in the halls of MSHS. It was a different world but no one wore an old black tee shirt with worn out jeans to school because we did not want to look uncool.

I hope a dress policy will bring back the felling of pride in the students whenver they look in the mirror and see that they are “squared away!”
Donn Nemchick - January 31, 2012

Kids need to be kids. They will have their whole adult lives to dress up.

Anyways, “dressing up” doesn’t mean someone will perform better, even in the working world.

Don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to mind.

But these days, there are definitely some “fashion” trends I would rather see kept out of our schools.

I do not feel that a dress code is the cure-all, end-all — if a kid wants to learn, he will learn; if the kid wants to goof off, he will goof off, no matter what he is wearing.

Seems to me that simple parental involvement is what is needed, not a strict dress code. I look at what my kids wear every day and keep control over that, within reason. It’s what parents are SUPPOSED to do.

The school should only be a back-up for when the child decides to somehow work around his parents’ wishes.

Unfortunately, these days, the only way to have students NOT wear their pants around their knees or skirts short enough to be halter tops without them or their parents and the ACLU crying “discrimination” is to have a strict dress code enforced as a rule.

It’s a real shame it has to come to this.
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