Low turnout at high school uniform meeting

February 7, 2012 by  

A big controversy doesn’t appear to be brewing over whether Manchester High School students should wear uniforms next year; at least not based on the attendance at a recent meeting on the subject. Only about people 30 turned out at the high school cafeteria for a recent public forum on the uniform proposal. Teachers and administrators were also on hand for the discussion.

The Board of Education thought it would be a good idea to look into the possibility of instituting a uniform policy at the high school. Acting Superintendent Richard Kisiel addressed concerns and answered questions about the uniform proposal. Interim Manchester High School Principal Gregory Ziogas said he wasn’t a big fan of the idea. Ziogas spent 4 decades as an administrator in Plainville, where uniforms were not required.

The few people who spoke at the meeting said they were against the idea of making uniforms mandatory at Manchester High. Some said it was unfair to punish the entire study body because a handful of students refuse to adhere to the schools dress code. One student said it made more sense to enforce the existing dress code than require uniforms. Other concerned attendees said the policy would be hard to enforce.

Opinions varied considerably among 1,900 respondents to a recent survey when asked whether they advocated the concept of uniforms at Manchester High. Thirty-six percent said they “strongly agreed,” while 38 percent said they “strongly disagreed.” Ten percent agreed and another 10 percent said they didn’t care one way or the other.

Kisiel and Ziogas plan to make a recommendation about the uniform proposal in the next several weeks. Catalog printing services that display school uniform styles may be the logical next step should school administrators approve the idea, which would be launched in September 2012.