Sandusky school board adopts K-6 uniform policy

SANDUSKY Sandusky elementary students will dress for success beginning in the fall. T
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Sandusky elementary students will dress for success beginning in the fall.

The school board on Monday adopted a modified uniform policy for students in kindergarten through sixth grade beginning with the 2008-09 school year.

"Modifications have been made to the current policy to work with the younger grades," said superintendent Bill Pahl.

"We're allowing elastic waistband pants and jumpers for the girls in grades K-3. For the most part, it's the same policy with a few modifications."

Pahl said final revisions are being made, and information will beprovided to parents soon so they can plan ahead.

"We want to remind parents they can always order in catalogs or online," he said. "That way they can avoid the last-minute panics at the store."

Uniforms were instituted at the high school and junior high schools this school year as a way to increase attendance and graduation rates and to improve discipline. Two months into the school year, high school officials reported 40 percent fewer truancies, 59 percent fewer class removals and 37 percent fewer cases of inappropriateconduct.

Elementary uniforms weren't the only changes made atMonday's meeting.

New members Tracy Shoemo and Jeff Krabill were sworn in to office, as well as returning eight-year member King Baer.

"I just want to welcome Jeff and Tracy on board," said president Faith Denslow with a chorus of "welcomes" from the other board members.

"It was a very short time away for you, King," Krabill said as the other members chuckled.

Vice president Tom Patterson and Denslow switched places, with Patterson elected president and Denslow vice president.

"The years just fly by," Denslow said as she shook Patterson's hand. "Congratulations. This is a very strong board."

The board's next business was to determine which individuals would serve on board liaisoncommittees.

They are: Faith Denslow, curriculum; King Baer, personnel and transportation; Jeff Krabill, finance and capital improvements; Tracy Shoemo, policies, parent council and community relations; and Tom Patterson, Hall of Fame and student activities.