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School Board responds

Published 9:14am Thursday, September 27, 2012

WINTON – Hertford County Public Schools took dual steps to answer the concerns of parents about uniforms.

Nearly half a dozen parents spoke to the board in August with concerns about the uniform policy and also the availability of uniforms. Several returned Monday night and they were joined by a few more to again speak about the policy.

Following the public input, the board heard a report from Director of Federal Programs Kathy Artis regarding the accessibility of uniforms. Artis said personnel within the district had met with all local businesses that supply uniform items.

“We wanted to share some of our findings as we had meetings with some of our local vendors here in Hertford County,” Artis said.

She said they visited the stores as well as holding a meeting at which they asked vendors to bring items they had to sell.

“We talked with the vendors because we wanted to hear what they had to say and what they had to offer because we are concerned with the concerns of our parents,” Artis said.

She said one of the things they learned is that many of the local stores order early. Artis said they also usually get only one big shipment in each year.

Artis said Wal-Mart and Belk particularly suggested shopping at the right times because their clothing is seasonal. For example, the time to shop for fall is summer and early fall. By October those stores will begin stocking winter items.

Some of the information provided indicated Wal-Mart still has some uniform pieces such as tops, bottoms, coats, belts and some shoes. The Variety Shop in Rich Square offers new and slightly used uniform clothing.

Sportrax reported having shoes, but that they purchase their items 18 months in advance and they go quickly.

The Latest Fashion in Ahoskie carries sizes from small to extra large and allows preordering.

Belk has some items left and Family Dollar has belts, some tops and bottoms and shoes available.

Artis said online availability was also an option. According to the information provided, parts of uniforms can be ordered at www.jcpenney.com, ww.marcusuniforms.com, www.searsschooluniforms.com, and www.thechildrenswearoutlet.com.

The school district worked with local vendors to be available at PTA and PTSO meetings as well as at the FBLA Extravaganza held at Hertford County Middle School on Sept. 15. They were also available at the Hertford County High School varsity football game on Sept. 14.

“In conclusion, there is some availability of uniforms,” Artis said. “Sometimes it is a matter of what we wish to purchase and the time we purchase them.”

Following the report, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael D. Perry said he wanted to address participation as well as availability.

“From the administration we propose the following: a committee will be set up comprised of a parent from each school, an administrator from each school and a district individual to review the student dress code,” Dr. Perry said. “This committee will meet in late January or early March to bring recommendations to the Superintendent. Recommendations will be forwarded to the board for their consideration.”

Board member J. Wendell Hall made a motion to accept the recommendation and Vice Chair Sheila J. Porter offered a second.

Board member Dennis M. Deloatch said he supported the motion.

“In light of the concerns that have come to this board from parents, I certainly support the motion and recommendation,” he said. “I think it is encouraging to give parents an opportunity to have input. We’re not saying there will be change, but parents need to have input. Students should have input.”

The board then voted unanimously to approve the recommendation.

  • Hitcher123

    There is no excuse for anyone trying to sell jobs to students for sex. No excuse for board members who protect the predators. What are we waiting for next? Go Vote.

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  • Hitcher123

    Now is time to vote…..get out and vote if you have concerns about people who allow students to be violated by staff members.

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  • Marysgirl

    1Tomcat, I agree, parents are more vocal and concerned about the dress code than about Mr. Gatling trying to sell jobs to young girls for sex. Perhaps they need to protest to the Board of Ed about that.

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  • lemonshirt

    Let’s see. Thousand of young Americans have been lost or maimed in ill-conceived military interventtion in two foreign countries and some would-be politicians are screaming for us to attack a third.
    And we are protesting over….nothing.

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  • 1tomcat

    The uniform policy is not crazy or stupid it is the parents refusing to follow guidelines is the ones causing the problems. Dress your kids to the policy and no parent will not have any problems. If you as a Parent correct the problem at home then you eliminate the problem at school. In Hertford County if you have over 800 students going to school daily and maybe 20 each day not wearing the right uniform guess who’s parents are not doing their job. I rest my UNIFORM CASE.

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    • jen

      yes let me say it again THE UNIFORM POLICY IS CRAZY. And tomcat you cant sit there and say parents are not doing there job at home.. do you live with them.. I THINK NOT !!! There are alot of parents that dont like the uniforms policy but dont wish to speak about it, but I will. the school system is taking away these kids personalities. this is a school not a boot camp or prison. A student should be able to wear thier hair the way that they want,piercing if they want and the should be able to wear regular clothes, so rewrite this stupid policy.I think you need to stop putting blame on the kids and parents and blame the school system.

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  • jen

    The school uniform policy is crazy. when kids cant even go to class and learn because they are getting pulled out due to stupid uniform violations,something is wrong. Its pretty bad when you even tell them what color socks they have to wear….next thing they are gonna tell parents is what color underwear they have to wear. get real peopole. my daughter went to A prepatory school since the fifth grade and they want this crazy over uniforms. this is her first year at hertford county and already got suspended for this uniform mess. what is the school system gonna do if all the parent get together and send the kids to school in regular clothes….suspend them all and send the teachers home..

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    • klahr123

      Petty enforcement of uni or dress codes is ABSURD. DIVERSITY is what America is all about. Only INAPPROPRIATE clothing should be banned–like showing underwear or too much skin. BUT most uni codes ban all kinds of APPROPRIATE wear like multi-colored or striped tops, ALL neckbanded T-shirts w/o collars and even WELL-FITTED denim jeans. ABSURD!!!!!! See the PARENTS’ anti-uni website–www.aprod.org

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  • y-me

    she didnt fail due to absentees. she failed african american history period. when little kids say they’re afraid to go to school, because they’re singled out n ridiculed, thats mental abuse. 50 – 100 students being thrown out EACH DAY is not an isolated incident. fyi – my daughters clothes were in the guidelines . her dermal piercing is surgically implanted and CANNOT just be removed. YOUR NOT AS TIRED OF THIS AS I AM. i do respect your opinions though.

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  • 1tomcat

    WOW Hemlock I think you just spoke for most of us living in Hertford County. Do these few parents think we have forgotten how they use to send their kids to school with underwear showing 6 or more inches then their baggy pants was way below that. Their several size sneakers unlaced and flopping. Now they want to be in charge of dress code for school HELL NO you had your chance and choice now obey the uniform code as written. If the school board changes from the existing code they should be VOTED OUT OF OFFICE. What the kids need is to conform to rules. You have the nerve to pander the DSS and not worry about Gatlin abusing your kids. Wake up y-me and dress the kids so when they apply for a job they will know how to dress for a job interview and then come home and say I have no idea why they didn’t hire me the way I use to dress.

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  • y-me

    JANUARY WONT CUT IT ! our schools bully the children in Hertford Co. N.C. lining them up to inspect their uniforms and violaters are thrown out of school for odd socks, no belt, a piercing, a streak of unnatural hair color. this county should be renamed little NORTH KOREA ! THE DSS HERE APPROVES THE ABUSE OF OUR KIDS !

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    • hemlock

      This is getting tiresome. The only reason you are now causing a stink is because it is impacting you. Where were you when this was first proposed? Where were you when your daughter was failing her senior year because of absences? If you were so concerned, you should have been on HER case last year so she could have walked across the stage and had Mr. Kim Jung Il present her a diploma. Get over it. Your daughter screwed up and now you are mad. The issue here is not the uniform, but the laziness of your daughter.

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      • Jame Gumb

        I agree with Socrat-eez! He certainly did a good job with his daughter. And he taught his son how to drive on new years eve.

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