BOE approves dress code
Students at Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School will be required to follow a prescriptive dress code beginning in the 2013-14 school year.
The Board of Education approved this request from Principal Brad Richardson and the Leadership Team from Forest City-Dunbar during their regular meeting on Tuesday.
"We have been looking at how we can set a tone at the school and we want to be as generic as possible," Richardson said. "The idea is to give us consistency that helps us to maintain our focus."
With this dress code, boys will wear short or long-sleeve polo shirts (navy or white), and khaki pants or shorts. Girls will wear a blouse or polo shirt (navy or white) with khaki pants, skirts or skorts. All shorts and skirts must be mid-thigh length.
According to Richardson, all items for this are available to order from Wal-mart or at Southern Scrubs in Forest City.
"The outfits are available in those stores, but they can be bought anywhere. One outfit would cost about $15. We wanted to try to keep it in a range our families can afford," Richardson said. "We are also looking in to ways to reward for participation and to assist families who might not have the resources to purchase them."
The new dress code is just one of the proposed changes that the administration of the school believes will help close the achievement gap among students. On Tuesday, the board also approved the continued investigation into an alternate or flex calendar method for the purpose of implementing the plan at Forest City-Dunbar for the 2014-15 school year.
"We are continually looking for ways to improve the outcomes of our students. Our planning committee has looked at the overall climate of the school. We have set out to make the most transformative, positive outcomes for the students," Richardson said. "We want to provide consistent instruction with the least amount of down time."
If the proposed calendar is implemented, students would begin school in mid-July and have nine-week grading periods with three-week intercessions for students between those periods. It would then mirror the district calendar for the rest of the year.
Richardson said that reactions from staff and parents has been positive. In a survey he issued to his teachers, 80 percent were in favor of the new flex calendar schedule.
"This has been an issue and topic of conversation. We feel this is the right time to move forward with this," Richardson said.
The administration said they will continue to work to identify at least one additional elementary school to partner with Forest City-Dunbar in this flex calendar innovation.
The meeting also included several recognitions of outstanding students and teachers from Chase High School. Those honored were:
Aaron Greene, North Carolina Head Start Association Scholarship Award; Josh Stephens, 1st place in 2A State Wrestling Champion; Summer Woody, Microsoft Office Specialist certification; Harley Burgess, 1st place Lincoln-Douglas Debate Competition and National Forensic League National Qualifier; Angel Proctor and Alexander Larsen, state champions in debate duo interpretation and National Forensic League National Qualifiers and Patrick Moss, North Carolina Coach of the Year.
The Chase High School Beta Club was also honored for its first place finishes in campaign skit and group talent during the State Beta Club Convention in Greensboro. Other betas recognized included: Sidney Jones, first runner-up oratory competition; Chandler Casner, elected NC Beta Senior Secretary and Ashley Garland, NC Sponsor of the Year.
The next Board of Education meeting is Tuesday, May 7.