Troy City Schools Could Switch to Uniforms

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

A Wiregrass school system wants things to be a little more uniform.

Some school officials believe switching the school dress code will allow students to achieve more while in class.

Charles Henderson Middle School eighth grader Marybeth Wasden is volunteering more than just her time in class; in fact, she's volunteering to test out school uniforms. "I am really so supportive of the idea as a whole, I just think it will be all together good," she said.

Charles Henderson Middle School is currently the only Troy City School testing the waters with having a school uniform.

Officials with the school say they've seen an overall positive response from both students and parents.

Troy City School Superintendent Linda Felton-Smith said, "We did a survey of our parents and in that survey, parents overwhelmingly showed interest in school uniforms."

And, while the majority favors the change, there are still some that are fearful of the switch.

Mcneel Dobson said, "Everybody always talks about being different and everything and I like that, and I don't want everyone to look the same."

However, school officials say switching to uniforms will allow students to focus more on their education, rather than the latest styles.

"They look the same, you're not focusing on their dress and you can really focus on their achievement and that is the achievement of all the students," Felton-Smith added.

And, that's exactly the message Wasden and other students are trying to pass along.

A final decision on if the uniforms will definitely be implemented in all city schools will be made in May.

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