One Marion County School May Get A New Look
For nearly a year, Principal Juan Cordova has been holding meetings to get community imput on enforcing a more restrictive dress code.
Now it's up to the Marion County School Board whether or not to back him.
According to Kevin Christian, the spokesperson for Marion County schools, 90 percent of parents at Horizon Academy are in favor of school uniforms. And if they have it their way, those students in fourth through eighth grade will be sporting a new look this August.
Selina Fink's 5th grade daughter attends Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary, a school that has required it's students to wear uniforms for 13 years. She says that has made life a little easier for everyone.
"It's a lot less arguing at home," said Fink.
And Principal Don Raymond says school uniforms mean less arguing at school too.
"Disclipline greatly improves with the uniforms," said Raymond. "Days where we do not have uniforms, we notice the incidents with referrals go up."
"It's been a world of difference," said Fink. "I truly believe that children take more pride in their appearance. My daughter, Casana, feels like she's going to work, and this is her suit for work."
Marion County School Board Member Sue Mosley has been pushing for school uniforms for the past six years.
"Now I'd like to do what Polk County is doing which is to make it county wide," said Mosley.
"We have very rich children, and we have very poor children," said Raymond. "And it equalizes them because they're not in competition with clothing. They're in competition academically."
The dress code for Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks outlaws flip flops and blue jeans. Instead, it would require students to wear skirts, shorts, and shirts with collars that are black, white, yellow, or gold.
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