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September 26, 2012

New Castle Dress Code: Board says no to cargo pants, tightens rules on yoga pants

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NEW CASTLE — ENFORCING DRESS CODE

Board member Mary Ann Tofel said she favors the principals enforcing the dress code the way the rules are set, when the board sat and met and reviewed it all. She suggested the board has more important things to worry about than focusing on pants that students are wearing.

Yoga pants are at issue because girls are wearing them and parents can argue that they are stretch pants or leggings, which are allowed with specified conditions.

“It’s very difficult to run our day banging our heads over what kind of pants the students have on,” commented assistant junior-senior high school principal Carol Morell.

She said most of the students are assessed during first period, and repeat offenders are suspended.

Board member Dr. Marilyn Berkely suggested the words “no form fitting pants” be worked into the code.

“I wish we could go back to the black and red shirts with khaki pants, and that’s it,” board president Allan Joseph commented. “The kids looked good, they looked clean ...”

“It levels the playing field,” superintendent George Gabriel agreed.

“When we were in school, every kid wore a shirt and tie,” commented assistant high school principal Ralph Blundo.

“So did the teachers,” Joseph commented.

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