Bay County School Board members unanimously approved school uniforms for local public school students for the beginning of the 2006-07 school year.
It's a hot topic that has been debated for nearly a year. The School Board meeting room was packed Wednesday night. Most people who were there were waiting to discuss this one item on the agenda, and the verdict? School uniforms are now a school rule.
Many people stood in favor of the uniforms, while others stood to voice their dissent, but at the end of the meeting it was a unanimous board decision to approve the regulated dress code.
There is a list of rules of what is and isn't approved; some include wearing solid color shirts, standard belts, and khaki or navy pants. Blue jeans are allowed, but no baggies, bell bottoms, or holes are allowed.
Some think this will help with safety issues in the school, and others, like Mowat sixth grader Zack Bragdon, say it's an unnecessary rule.
"I really don't like that they got uniforms, but at least we did something about it rather than just sitting down and saying, oh, I wish we could have done that change. At least we did something about it."
School Board member Donna Allen is pleased about the decision.
"It's going to help us with behavior, with discipline, and our administration needed some help in something that would improve the learning environment and so what's we did today."
If there are ever any questions of interpretations of the rules, the final say goes to the principal of the school. If there is ever an interpretation needed by the principal, the superintendent will make the final decision.