Local school board: Public input needed on school uniforms and future of building

The McCracken County School Board wants your input on several issues facing the district in the next few months, including the possibility of changing the dress code.

We told you this summer the district was looking into implementing school uniforms. Thursday, board members held a work session addressing the issue among other items. The board talked about moving forward with pursuing a district-wide change in the dress code, but did not make any final decisions. They want to get input from parents and students and are interested in holding community forums.

Board Chairman Jeff Parker says the district will begin coordinating those meetings. "We’ve talked to several schools throughout the state that have them. We will probably, depending on what these surveys and these forums bring to us, we will probably take a couple trips into these systems and see how they operate and what it’s done for them. So far, to be honest with you, everyone we talked to have been very positive about it," Park told Local 6.

Another item of interest is the future of Lone Oak Intermediate School. Board members say the building is in need of serious repairs and are considering several options: renovating it, rebuilding it or adding on to other schools. One of their main concerns is the layout of the building, which they say is hard to navigate. Board member Kelly Walker asked the district to write and send out a survey to Lone Oak homeowners, asking for input.

Parker said it is something the board will pursue. "It’s 50 years old, so we either have to do some major renovations, or we’re going to have to possibly look at a new school, or add to one of the schools around it. So, we feel like it would be better to have a public input. So, we’ll probably have a public forum there at the intermediate school here within the next 30 days to 45 days," Parker said.

No dates have been set for the public forums for either issue.

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