By The Associated Press
COLUMBUS — Local schools in Lowndes County will decide of themselves whether to require uniforms for students.
The school board had approved mandatory uniforms beginning this fall. The board backed off the policy this past week amid complaints from parents.
Local principals and several parent committees had been studying the issue for months as a way to improve school safety and save parents time and money. Some parents have fought the change since it first came up.
The board decided to exempt Caledonia’s three schools, along with West Lowndes High School, from having uniforms. It will allow administrators at the three New Hope campuses to either enforce or opt out of the requirement.
Previously, only students at West Lowndes elementary and middle schools wore uniforms — a decision made by school administrators long before April’s board vote.
The school board voted 3-1 for the change.
“So now we’ve got to figure out how each school makes that decision,” said schools Superintendent Lynn Wright.
“I’m very disappointed that it was overturned, because I feel sincerely that it was in the best interest for our students and Lowndes County,” Wright said. “It has been very successful in other places and in our two schools (West Lowndes elementary and middle school) that use the uniforms.”