GISD board looking at changes to dress code policy

Subcommittee of three board members created to reevaluate dress code policies

A subcommittee of three Graham Independent School board members was created on Wednesday, during the school board meeting held at Graham High School, to reevaluate the GISD dress code policies.

The board will consist of board secretary Stan Peavy, board president Meredith Lucas and trustee Daniel De La Cruz, with the committee having to make a decision by the June 12 meeting in order for it to be revised in the school handbook. The board originally was presented a proposal by GISD Superintendent Sonny Cruse at the meeting for changes which would be made to the portion of the code related to hair.

“The only thing that we are wanting to add, under appropriate grooming, when it talks about hair we are going to add the word it must be of a natural color, we will just add the words of natural color for hair,” Cruse said. “Under unacceptable grooming or inappropriate grooming, we are proposing to do is strike the line that talk about hair coloring(…)hair coloring or bleaching for the purpose of creating extreme differences in color or shape between sections of individual strands.”

Cruse said there was debate this year on the portion of the dress code related to hair about sections and strands and the determination of highlighting, but some other board members were against the change and the rules as they stand in the dress code policies.

“I don’t care what color hair anybody has,” board vice-president Andrea Lowery said. “I don’t think it is distracting to the learning environment.”

Board secretary Stan Peavy said he would like to make a motion which would delete the entirety of the section in the dress code which deals with hair in the inappropriate grooming section.

“I think that it is a bigger distraction having that rule there and us having to deal with it then it is having it there,” Peavy said. “I don’t think the students are distracted by it.”

For the rest of the story see the Saturday, May 11 edition of The Graham Leader.

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