More feedback on school uniforms

FACTORYVILLE – Some 30 adults attended the Lackawanna Trail School Board meeting on Monday, Nov. 20, to speak about a proposal for a school uniform policy.

Many of the comments were critical about the proposal.

“To make the selection so limited we’re going to have a hard time and they (students) will alter their clothes,” parent Wanda Sickler said. “To limit their dress isn’t going to affect their education. It won’t settle them down or make them better students.”

Board President Daniel Naylor said the board may vote on the uniform policy in January.

If approved, students would be required to wear uniforms starting in the fall of 2007.

“The board hasn’t made any decisions,” he said. “The colors are not a decided factor either.”

He added that the board wants to work with parents and teachers.
Trail school administrators are proposing that students wear shirts that are red, white or black, symbolic of the school’s colors.

Students may also choose to wear either navy or khaki pants. The uniforms may also have Trail’s emblem.

In other business, the school board approved a contract for Trail’s eight administrators that begins on July 1 and runs through June 30, 2010.

In the first year of the contract, administrators’ salaries will increase by 3 percent. Salaries increase by 3.3 percent during each of the contract’s remaining three years.

The school board also hired Thomas Parry as the athletic director from July 1 through June 30, 2007 at a salary of $6,700.

Kacy Parry was hired as the assistant girls’ basketball coach at a stipend of $3,100.

Maria Del Prete was hired as the basketball cheerleader advisor at a stipend of $1,600.

Tim Ronchi was hired as the junior high school boys’ basketball coach at a $2,875 stipend, and Brian Bedford was hired as the assistant junior high school boys’ basketball coach at a $2,200 stipend.

Also, Holly Holgate and April Wearne were each hired as a long-term substitute elementary school teacher at a salary of $37,581.