Starkville School board delays action on uniforms

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — The Starkville School Board has postponed action on the details of a dress code until it can get broader public input.

The board acted Tuesday after hearing from a number of people, both pro and con.

Board member Bill Weeks says the issue needed to be aired at a public forum. Weeks says the board did a poor job of presenting the uniform proposal to the public.

Schools superintendent Judy Couey tells the Starkville Daily News that she will arrange a public forum as soon as possible. Couey has said that research has shown uniforms to decrease disciplinary issues and improve student concentration.

Board members had adopted the dress code in January but still must work out the details — such as clothing styles and colors.