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School Board Rejects Committee to Study Nazareth's Dress Code

Chris Miller, the newest member of the Nazareth School Board, fights lonely battle to teach district students the importance of proper attire.

It looks like there will be no new dress code in the Nazareth Area School District this year.

The district voted 8-1 on Monday to reject the idea of forming a committee to study the district's current dress code and involve parents, members of the public and school board members in devising a new code.

Board member Chris Miller, who made the motion to form the committee, cast the lone vote in favor of the motion. Before the vote, Miller spoke for the second consecutive board meeting of the need to teach .

“I think we should have a [districtwide] uniform dress code,” Miller said, adding that he did not mean to compel students to wear actual uniforms.

“Our children are inappropriately attired,” he said, noting that young people in general today do not realize how important it is to dress properly to succeed in life. Eight of the 11 men at the meeting table wore ties Monday night, Miller noted.

Do you share Miller's concerns? Given the opportunity, what revisions would you propose?

As he did last month, Miller said he personally saw a female student who violated the district's dress code by wearing clothes that were too revealing -- in this case, extra short shorts.

“I think it's very important for children to be properly attired,” Miller said. “I can hardly believe there weren't any violations of the dress code today.” (Monday was the first day of classes for students.)

Miller's board colleagues did not share his sense of urgency over changing the district's dress code.

Board member Chris Audenried asked Superintendent Dennis Riker how many dress code infractions have been reported.

“It has not come to the attention of central administration," Riker replied.

At present, each of the six schools in the district has its own dress code. Policies are similar throughout the district, varying slightly by age and grade level, according to district administrators.

Miller's motion almost died for lack of a second.

Board member Maurice Heller seconded the motion but then voted against it. He said he felt the full board should have a chance to vote on the motion, for the record.

Dave B August 28, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Although I am not in favor of an extremely specific dress code I do think Mr Miller has a point. It appears the primary issue is enforcement of the existing dress code. Step one would be to correct the lack of enforcement. Of course things would be much easier on the school system if more parents implemented a dress code of their own that was enforced every morning before their child went out the door.....
Jeff Laidacker August 28, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I agree with Miller's concern's. My children recently graduated from Nazareth High School and have talked to them about this subject and they agree as well, in regard to how trashy and inappropriate some of the clothing is. Or the lack thereof.
slyfox August 28, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I do agree with Mr. Miller. So many fights, problems, feeling of inadequacy, lack of self esteem and just being able to fit in with the crowd is the foundation that their future will build on. Uniforms can fit the bill nicely and goes a long way to ease the burdens that kids have now.
Shawn Heller August 28, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I think all students at NASD should have to wear a uniform, this will stop the BULLYING over who has the more expensive jeans, shirts, shoes, and sneakers. Most parents work there butts off to put a meal on the table, then when school starts, it's a $500.00- $1000.00 dollar expense that most families today have a hard time coming up with. The school board commitee needs to cut the crap and get on board for some changes. I thought bullying was not tolerated in schools, well it's happening, and over name brand clothing, give me a break.
Rosemary B August 28, 2012 at 08:50 PM
So agree! My kids wear uniforms to school and it cuts down on so many hassles and expenses. Don't know why more public schools won't adopt uniforms.
E September 07, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I agree with Chris Miller regarding dress code. Why does Nazareth have a so-called dress code if they do not enforce it. If this subject is coming before the board why don't they have the statistical information to present? it sounds to me that the board is way too nonchalant about this issue and quite possibly many others.

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