Dress code tweaks coming

Published: 2/17/2017 11:01 AM
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MOUNT CARMEL — Confusion over a revised districtwide dress code has prompted members of Mount Carmel Area School Board to tweak the policy that went into effect this school year.

Parents Heather Nelson, of Mount Carmel, and Julie Smith, of Kulpmont, requested Thursday night that the board clarify what can be worn by students.

Nelson particularly inquired about yoga pants, leggings, jeggings and tights worn by girls. She said her girls were told by teachers they couldn’t wear certain pants and are worried about being punished for wearing inappropriate clothing.

“There is an unclear definition of certain types of pants that can be worn in the dress code,” Nelson said. “The boys wear compression pants without shorts over them, but they never are told about it. There is a communication issue and it’s upsetting the children. I just want some clarification on the dress code.”

Board director Jessica Delaney, a member of the dress code committee, agreed that the policy regarding certain pants should be clarified. She told Nelson the committee plans to tweak the policy and have the entire board review it to avoid further confusion.

“Leggings are considered accessories and must be covered,” Delaney explained. “Leggings and jeggings are very popular, but all clothing must be worn appropriately in accordance with the dress code. We are looking for consistency in the dress code in kindergarten through 12th grade.”

Delaney also reminded students and parents that sneakers must be worn during gym classes, where jeans are prohibited.

Nelson and Smith thanked the board for listening to their concerns and were satisfied with Delaney’s response.

In other business, Superintendent Bernie Stellar and maintenance director Dave Fegley discussed a districtwide recycling program that is scheduled to go into effect March 1.

Stellar said the program will initially only involve cardboard and paper. But he said district officials hope to expand the program.

Fegley said, “The life skills students will be involved in the recycling program. This is the right thing to do environmentally and it also will save money for the school district.”

Later in the meeting, the board entered into a service agreement with Disposal Management Services Inc. for trash removal and the recycling program.

The board re-appointed Stellar as superintendent for a three-year term, pending approval of the proposed contract commencing July 1.

Board members hired Robert Varano as a junior high track coach at a salary of $1,200.

Directors approved the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit general operating budget in the amount of $1,119,823 and agreed to auction used school district equipment.

The board accepted the resignation of elementary special education teacher Pam Roshoe, effective Jan. 24, and hired Nadine Baker as a special education teacher at a salary of $32,064 with benefits.

The board accepted the resignation of cafeteria worker Denise Kelly, effective today.

Board members in attendance were Delaney, Joseph Zanella, Michael Venna, Tony Mazzatesta, Bill Brecker and Brian Shurock. Robert Muldowney, James Britt and Donna James were absent.

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