Dothan City Schools Discussing School Uniforms

By: Ryan Rodig Email
By: Ryan Rodig Email

Superintendent of Dothan City Schools, Dr. Sam Nichols brought up the idea of mandatory school uniforms for discussion at a special school board meeting Monday.

Dothan city schools are discussing the idea of forming a task force to study school uniforms.

"We're not going to do this next school year. We'll put together a task force to study the possibility of doing this I hope to have a recommendation back to the board in November or Decemeber," said Dr. Nichols.

The first item the board will vote on is whether to form the task force to study student uniform policy that vote will take place on July 21st.

Talk about a future policy Monday turned to enforcement of the current dress code.

Troy city schools are the most recent in the area to adapt uniforms.

Chairman of the Dothan City School Board, Steve Stokes favors the change..he says it can go hand in hand with better behavior and academic performance.

"When I was in the military, in the Marine Corps our policy was 'if you look sharp you typically act sharp' and that's what we expect with high standards. I think we should apply that to our school system. We expect them to be sharp, want them to act well perform academically and them to be real asset when they go to the workforce," said Stokes.

The board will vote on forming a task force to study school uniforms at July 21st meeting.


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  • by do u really need to know? Location: none on Mar 15, 2011 at 01:35 PM
    have you got the feeling that your not always right the students at my school are not acting right they wear uniforms it doesnt effect us. i really think you should call it of because it only gets people in more trouble and the students get mad and then most parents don't even like uniforms some singles can't afford uniforms so think about asn't more people started to get in trouble? because of uniforms right? right, uniforms aren't the answer for problems goin on in school uniform are.:(
  • by amber Location: headland on Apr 22, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    well, the school board decides to have uniforms for northview and dothan high and all dothan schools i think it won't be to bad because the econmey is not doing so well and gas is fin to go high in the summer and food it's high too. i think it would save a whole lot of money in their pockets beause right now everybody is having a hard time. moving in a cheaper place to live. and a whole lots of people is stuggle with this money issue im not saying everybody just some. i think it wont be much as bad i guess.
  • by MOM Location: Dothan,al on Feb 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    School uniforms in theory is a great idea but what about the single parents like myself who have 2 children going into high school next year who have been wearing some of the same clothes over a year? Have we forgotten about hand me downs? That is how I survive. Am i going to get help on purchasing these brand new outfits? It still goes back to the kids with money get brand new clothes and the kids with working parents will be lucky to 2 new outfits at most. Instead of spending all this money most people don't have inforce a nice dress code with clothes the kids already have. If not I would love for the school district to buy my kids all the clothes they want--I'm more interested in feeding mine. Thanks
  • by Remaining annonymous but not un-heard. Location: Dothan on Jan 14, 2009 at 06:08 PM
    I think uniforms for DCS is an absolute absurd idea. The only example proposed by most people is it lowers critisism of brand named clothing. Lets face facts, kids are not going to dislike someone just by how they dress. Its by personailty. And uniforms benifitting less violence, gangs, drugs, etc is completely ridiculous. This is Dothan, Alabama. Maybe there would be less drugs if the school board put a indivicual health class exlpaining why alcohol, tabbacco, and drugs are bad rather then just attempting to incorperate it in science class. And maybe if Dothan had some form of gang and violence awareness program ,like schools of Lee County, there would be less gangs and violence. Controling a childs life is not going to help them know the difference bewtween right and wrong, but make them rebell when given the opportunity. The school board needs to stop trying to get rid of the "bad students" and start thinking about how to stop kids from becoming the "bad students."
  • by Dan Location: Holmes on Nov 11, 2008 at 11:48 AM
    I am a parent of a Junior. He is individualistic, intelligent, witty, handsome, and very mature for his age. He is... as I am, completely appalled at the notion of having to wear a uniform. He doesn't dress bad, nor does he dress rebellious. He just wears t-shirts and jeans, clean, tucked in. I'm glad he only has one more year. After the schedule changes (1 hour blocks), the new crappy band director at NHS, the talk of school combining, and now this, under the auspice of it improving academics and behavior? The tighter you try to clench your fists on our children, the more of them will squeeze out between your fingers... good kids too. They'll be running our country one day and I hope they all remember how well you represented THEIR true needs and wants for a better school system in Dothan. <-said dripping with cynicism.
  • by TaChelle Location: Dothan on Sep 10, 2008 at 04:56 PM
    I think that school uniforms won't change anything. If anything it'll make them resent the idea of even going to school if they have to wear something they don't want to. I on both sides of the fence right now though because some of the clothes are very inappropriate. I read somewhere where someone said that they won't be able to bust a sag in khakis but the truth of the matter is they will take the uniform and turn it into something else. Uniforms will only make the drop out rate higher. Because, they are getting stricter by the year and makes it hard for them to even want to learn. Will it stop violence NO. Will it increase the learning process NO. What is it really going to do to help the kids succeed NOTHING!
  • by a parent Location: dtohtan on Aug 31, 2008 at 12:12 PM
    School uniforms will take the pressure off of students feeling they need to have expensive name brands to fit in. School uniforms are inexpensive compared to the clothing they wear now. I have been in another county that uniforms are required. Parents save money and no more battles in the mornings about clothing.
  • by Shea Location: dothan on Aug 21, 2008 at 04:50 PM
    The first thing I would like to say is that people who aren't affected by this in anyway possible should leave their opinions to themselves. However, if you are a parent or a high school student with a valid opinion, feel free. My opnion on uniforms is that they aren't neccesary. Nothview and Dothan high are having trouble keeping up with the normal dress code, so why make it even more difficult? And all that stuff about uniforms making schools safer? Please! Give me a break! Anyone who wanted to get onto a school campus could easily see what the other students are wearing and copy it.
  • by Shea Location: dothan on Aug 21, 2008 at 12:50 PM
    I'm completely against the uniforms. Clothes are not the reason that students are being picked on; other factors are involved. Also, forcing students to wear uniforms will not help them when they get into the real world. Another reason I'm against uniforms is that if students have to wear uniforms, what about the teachers? Would they have to wear uniforms? Besides, there is no actual research showing that uniformed schools have a lowered crime, gang, and violence rate.
  • by cheryl bruner Location: dothan,al on Aug 11, 2008 at 07:34 PM
    i think that it is good that Dr.Nichols is trying to make dothan city schools wear uniforms because it will keep down drama and the students want have to envy each other or be jealous because a girl or a boy have on nice clothes(and they would focus on there work better)thats my true opinion on wearing school uniforms.
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