Lowndes school board mandates uniforms

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — Students in the Lowndes County School District will be required to wear uniforms beginning in fall 2013.

Board members voted 3-1 Friday to require uniforms, reports The Commercial Dispatch.

Board member Brian Clark was the only opponent, saying a survey last year showed Caledonia parents oppose the idea. Overall, 30 percent of parents across the district opposed and 20 percent supported uniforms. Fifty percent didn’t respond.

Gray, along with Superintendent Lynn Wright, says West Lowndes elementary, middle and high schools have had uniforms for several years.

It’s far from the first time uniforms have been debated in the 4,800-student district. Wright, a longtime proponent of mandatory uniforms, says 25 percent of schools nationwide have them. He believes they increase campus safety and make it easier to enforce dress codes.