Starkville school board OKs uniforms

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — The Starkville School Board has adopted a dress code for students and staff beginning in the 2010-2011 school year.

Details — such as clothing styles and colors — are still to be worked out.

School district officials say while an official dress code has not been adopted, it is expected to include requirements for students and staff to wear khaki or black pants, polo shirts and other more formal apparel. Requirements could vary by school.

Schools superintendent Judy Couey says research has shown uniforms to decrease disciplinary issues and improve student concentration.

The Columbus Municipal School District implemented uniforms during the 2000-2001 school year in elementary schools, then extended it to middle schools the following year.