Board approves Leland MS uniforms

LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- Leland Middle School students won't have to worry about what the hottest fashions are for the next school year. Starting in the fall, they will wear uniforms.

In a unanimous vote, the Brunswick County School Board voted in favor of the uniforms. Revisions have to be approved by the school board before they're finalized, but the uniforms will likely be polos of any color and dark bottoms. On occasion, students will be allowed to wear jeans and school spirit.

With Leland Middle jumping on board, every elementary and middle school in the north end of the county will be wearing uniforms.

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That all of you allow your kids to go to government schools.

AS A MOTHER OF 4 CHILDREN I AM DEFINITLY IN FAVOR OF SCHOOL UNIFOMRS. IF MOST PARENTS WILL TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR CHILDRENS CURRENT WARDROBE ALOT OF THEM WEAR KHAKI PANTS (AT CHURCH OR OTHER FUNCTIONS WITH POLO SHIRTS). WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE WITH HAVING TO BUY A FEW EXTRA SO THEY WILL LOOK PRESENTABLE WHILE AT SCHOOL. I THINK UNIFORMS TEACH CHILDREN AS WELL AS ADULTS THAT THERE IS A CERTAIN FORM OF ETIQUETTE WITH DRESS WHILE IN PUBLIC,AND IT ALSO TEACHES CHILDREN THE VALUE OF SHOWING INDIVIDUALITY WITHOUT SPENDING HUNDREDS OF DOLLAR TO DO IT. MY GIRLS WERE ABLE TO EXPRESS THEIR INDIVIDULAITY WITH HAIR STYLES AND HAIR ACCESSORIES,AND MY SONS WERE ABLE TO DO SO WITH SHOES AND JACKETS THAT REFLECTED THEIR PERSONALITY;BUT WHEN CLASSES BEGIN THEY WERE VIEWED JUST LIKE EVERY ONE ELSE. REMEMBER THE CLICKS IN SHCOOL THAT WERE BASED ON DRESS (PREPPIES,BEACH KIDS,HOOD RATS) NOW OUR CHILDREN WILL HAVE A FAIR CHANCE TO SHOW STYLE WITH LEARNING AS OPPOSED TO SOCIAL ECONOMIC STATUS,WITH FLATTERING FORMS OF DRESS

MOM OF 4

What is a hood rat for one? are you trying to call them black people?

I disagree about uniforms not everyone likes polo shirts and i can buy cheaper clothes then the prices that i have found on polo shirts. I think if the parents and teachers would enforce the current dress code it shouldn't be a problem and yes I also have four children and they have all went through higher learning through all four schools. I work hard for my children to look nice and I help them to pick out clothes that are within the dress code. What parent would consider a child a hood-rat, please give me the definition. All I'm saying is that the current dress code should be enforced and let the children have their own identity besides the polo shirts. They are not going to be alike some will be bought from Walmart,some at Sears,and JC Penny so some kids are still going to stand out. Oh and at our church we don't wear khakis. we wear skirts, dresses, and dress pants.

I do not think your comment is valid. It is much too focused on one's 'identity' and professes pride. When a child goes to school, he/she has to conform to certain habits and style that is a form of training - just like potty training at a young age. We wouldn't want a child to identify their location in the house by dumping anywhere they feel. In the same way, there is a etiquette for ensuring that a child, as he/she grows up, understand the basic belief of equality through a mode of training and uniforms can do it, amongst other things.

The notion of 'expressing identity' is irrelevant and nurtures self pride and arrogance by instilling the values 'I am who I am, deal with it', creating unrest when it comes to social harmony. Sure - let them wear what they want when they are in University or College, but don't expect a child to express themselves at much too a tender age. They need to be moulded to be good citizens.

...and discipline is required to absorb education! You don't listen and study, you do not learn.
Note this:
All of your premier private schools have uniform codes. Always have.
All of your boarding schools have uniform codes. always have.
All of your finer preparatory schools have uniform codes. Always have.
All of your Catholic schools have uniform codes. Always have.
All of the Unites States Military Services has uniform codes. Always have.
Most all professional work environments have uniform codes. Always have.

You don't dress...you don't belong here. Pretty simple and basic!

My grand child goes to Jessie Mae Monroe and we have voted about 3 times in favor of uniforms and to this date the board has not acted for us like this...congrats to leland...we lost our voice when the voters elected the bud guy over ray gilbert..who was our voice and now we no longer have pre-k at jessie mae and who knows what else will we will lose...way to go voters.....2012 is not that far off.....Now board what do we need to do next....I believe we can do better....Uniforms will not lower a students learning.....

I guess if we had parents who taught their kids to dress respectably this would not be an issue. However, I am against uniforms because I think kids should have their freedom of choice and the current dress code should be enforced. We are sending a dangerous message here. Our codes (laws) are not good enough so the system (gov't) has to impose an alternative to make them easier to adhere to.

Parents, if you'd have taught your children how to dress respectfully and properly, we wouldn't have this issue. And if the schools enforced the current dress code, we wouldn't have this issue.

I cannot wait to move out of this country. My oldest will be 18 in 10 yrs, and it cant come fast enough.

idiots leading idiots.

i am a student at Leland middle and i wrote a letter to the state board of education and they said they cant do anything about it and to talk to the county board of education. this is part of what i wrote "I have a problem with your new rule with the uniforms. At first I was mad but now that i think about it, i have come to a conclusion in which I found inside of me that yes I understood you all want to make ours school more presentable but did you ever actually think about what we thought about it. when I was in 6th grade you wanted to put us in uniforms and we protested against it and we asked/ begged our parents to vote no and it worked. now you put us in uniforms and we couldn't do anything about it because its over our summer break. I am not saying I am going to break the rules but this is way out of line. We should be able to choose what we want to wear and have rules and guidelines with it and not just have no dignity. the law states everyone has freedom of speech and freedom of what to wear right? Don't the kids,preteens,and teens count to I know we do so why are you trying to make it seem like we have no personality or no dignity. Please don't do this to us. I have a solution to the problem of people breaking the rules and if you want to know a better way instead of wasting money for new clothes that match the dress code when there is a simpler way." come on people do you really think we like this do you really think we want this. your takeing our rights away whats next our minds?

Yeah....you kinda make our point FOR uniforms...

As a middle school student, you should have a better grasp of punctuation and spelling.

"i am a student at Leland middle and i wrote a letter to the state board of education and they said they cant do anything about it and to talk to the county board of education."

"At first I was mad but now that i think about it, i have come to a conclusion in which I found inside of me that yes I understood you all want to make ours school more presentable but did you ever actually think about what we thought about it."

"law states everyone has freedom of speech and freedom of what to wear right?"

Umm... NO on the what to wear part. If you and your fellow students knew how to dress appropriately instead of like thugs, gang bangers and hookers this wouldn't have been an issue. Granted not all of you dress in those ways but they are the ones causing the problem for all of you. I suggest you take it up with them. OH n/m too late.

If you do some research almost all other countries wear uniforms and always have. They are also way ahead of us in education.

What are you going to say to your potential employers when told a uniform is required? Not all jobs requiring them are low paying. My husband wears one and makes over 100K. Get use to it, its the way of the grownup world.

I'd suggest you worry less about uniforms and pay closer attention in English class.

Are the staff and teachers going to follow the dress code also? If they voted for it, then they need to set an example and follow it as well.

I was with you to the last paragraph. Why wait ten years? You obviously think some other country is better. Go now! Please. Or if you stay, get involved with PTA and the school and be a positive force.

How stupid all of you are. I am sure you want to run out and paid $150 on a pair of Nike's and $75 dollars on a pair of jeans. Now you have an excuse to tell your kids "No". I have seen what parents allow their kids to wear and I don't agree with a girl going to school dressed like a whore. However, if a boy makes a sexiest comment to them you are the first at school to complain.

With uniforms all the kids will be equal in the clothes they wear.

I believe you forgot to mention the boys that come to school with pants so baggy that butt crack peeks out. Half the time they can't walk without walking bow legged lest their pants fall down. I have been in the office when kids were sent due to dress code violations, so administration is enforcing dress code. Personally, I don't care if kids wear 100 dollar shoes or 10 dollar shoes. For me it is about frame of mind and distraction. I do agree with you that there is parental responsibility here that is obviously not being met by parents.

Students & parents- I carefully reviewed the meeting minutes from the May 11th School Board meeting where this topic was first discussed. Mr. Scott Milligan is the one to blame regarding jeans being removed from the list of allowed items. He wanted to restrict the kids to two or three colors like the elementary schools. The policy had to be revised and of course they did not seek new parental opinions regading these revisions.

Additionally, Mr. Milligan lied in the May 11th meeting minutes when he said he had not been contacted by any parents. I most certainly sent an e-mail expressing my displeasure with the idea of uniforms. Unless I don't count since I am not an old Brunswick County person.

The best way to show our displeasure with the school board is to VOTE THEM OUT. They keep getting elected because people do not think local elections are important! I have not had a chance to read the minutes but I can assure that I will and for every person that voted to take jeans out of the equation I will consider it an honor to get them voted out!

Funny how people get in a huff and will get out and vote over such trivial crap as kids wearing jeans to school but not for important issues. Shows where all of your priorities are down there. NO wonder half the county population is illiterate.

Just abide by the guidelines as mandated, quit whining and let the kids learn for a change.
There's no rocket science here, no "rights" are being forsaken and your kids may actually walk around looking like functional members of society rather than a clan of cartoon clowns. Shizzle-dangburn-dizzle!

I agree with you. In fact, I am a proponent of uniforms (or maybe better said a much stricter dress code). However, I feel that jeans can be appropriate attire for school if they meet certain criteria. And why did the board single out skinny jeans? I would rather see tight jeans that the color of a kid's underwear. And there are is such a thing as "skinny" khakis, just like skinny jeans but not denim. It makes no sense. My contention is not so much what was passed (although I am irritated about it), but HOW it was passed. This is not what was presented to parents and this was not what LMS presented to the board. I went to bcswan.net and looked up what was presented to the board. What the board passed and what was presented are two different things. If the board wants to leave the decision up to each school whether or not to have uniforms then I believe they should honor what the school administration/parents think is best. If the board is going to force their decisions regardless of parent and administrative feedback then I say that ALL schools in Brunswick County need to have uniforms.

Shizzle-dangburn-dizzle!

Wow - I think you are the cartoon clown with that type of language.

So many of you who are defending uniforms are not getting the point. Today it is just uniforms. What are they going to intude on next? This type of complacency is just what the Government hacks want. The more of our lives they can control the better.

I really don't think telling my kid how to dress is going to improve the quality of his education. They will still spend the entire year getting ready for three days of testing and then for the remaining school days following the tests those unable to pass on the first try will attend cram sessions to get ready for a retake. All of the students who passed the first time are just kept locked up in classrooms playing games, watching movies, etc to complete the compulsory 180 days of 'instruction', known to me as babysitting.

I don't think wearing polo shirt & khaki pants are going to make those who failed the least bit smarter.

I think the word you're looking for is "conformity" not complacency, and you're wrong. If the parents took initiative enough to make their kid dress half decent, you'd have none of this.
I had to wear uniforms in school and it didn't affect me in a negative way. At the very least I can look back at my school photos and not think I looked like a friggin idiot because I was following the latest fads.
You think schools are babysitting, and you're fine with that, but making the kid dress nice is an outrage? I would say home-school your kid, but nevermind

Nope - complacency is the word I wanted to use. By being complacent and letting the government intrude a little bit at a time into our lives we slowly have our freedoms taken away. Little by little the "Nanny State" is getting worse. They want to regulate every aspect of our lives.

I am not fine with the schools babysitting - I pay taxes for my child to receive a free & appropriate education which he is not receiving because the teachers are forced to teach to a ridiculous test that they spend all year preparing for and then instead of just letting the kids who failed come back for summer school or just fail that grade, they just sit the ones who passed in classrooms to watch movies, play games, whatever while they are re-teaching the material and re-administering the test.

Polo shirts & khaki pants are not going to make a single kid smarter.

Thank you Leland Middle,now I get to buy uniforms and regular everyday clothes. I think schools should have to pay for the uniforms if they order you to wear them. At least the school I teach at allows the students to wear jeans with their polos.

Let's be sure we are clear here. I have read the minutes available on the bcswan.net web site. It was NOT Leland Middle and the administration that passed the no jeans rule. It was the school board. If you go look at the minutes from the June meeting you will see what was presented by LMS included jeans that were not torn, ripped or no holes as well as not baggy. Make sure you are pointing the finger in the right direction. As a parent I was all for what was being proposed and what we were polled on. What was proposed and presented to the board was polos (of any color) with appropriate jeans, capris, skirts/skorts (knee length) and slacks in khaki, black and navy blue. You can see it for yourself on the website. A letter came home Monday telling us that LMS administration is in talks with the school board regarding the community concern over the rule of not allowing jeans. If you didn't get a letter you should ask your child.

I can't believe they passed this. What part of our lives are they going to interfere in next??

I took the time to write to all of the school board members before this vote. First of all the chairman of the school board does not have an e-mail address on the website where you can contact him and then none of the other four bothered to respond to my e-mail. Of course no one from the school system answers questions from parents. Trust me I will vote for anyone but the incumbents in the upcoming elections.

Seriously lady, grow up.
I am not a mother and even I see the benefits in this. I'm tired of hearing my nephew and my neighbor's child cry about being picked on because their parents cannot afford to buy them the most up to date fashions.
It is ridicilous that that any parent would put fashion and status quo prior to education.
I used to be outraged about the dress code as well, but at the time I was a STUDENT at this school. I've since had several years to watch the younger generations get dumber and their parent be just fine with it so long as they dont have to actully sit down and TALK with their child in a reasonable manner.
Lord forbid we have expectation of our children that we actually expect them to to fulfill.
Additionally, Ms. Underwood is an excellent principal, I had her as a teacher when I went to school there, I didn't really take to her all that well (understandabaly as I was a bit obstiante, but whe was always willing to sit down and talk it out with me), but as an adult I have come to respect her more than the majority of those currently in high postions.

I couldn't agree with you more regarding the character of Mrs. Underwood. If most people had to deal with what she deals with on a daily basis they would throw themselves off the Cape Fear Bridge. I have found her to be a woman of character and I have much respect for her as well. I think you would find that a vast majority of the LMS parents feel the same way.