Jacksonville School Board To Vote On Standardized Dress Code

For many teenagers, the high school campus is like a catwalk.  It's the place they can show off a new pair of name brand jeans or support a favorite sports team, but all that may change if the Jacksonville School Board approves a new, standardized dress code .

Dr. Leslie Brinkman George with the district explains the reasoning for the new proposal.

"There had been difficulties with enforcement, because it was down to interpretation. 'Is this an approved shirt or is it not? Is this an approved length?' Well, on this kid it is, but on this kid with longer arms, we're having shorter skirts," says George.

If approved, the new dress code means students have to wear, solid 'polo' style shirts in one of five approved colors. Those shirts would be tucked in with a belt to a pair of navy, khaki or black pants. Knee-length skirts and shorts would also be allowed, but jeans are only allowed on Fridays.

Students we spoke with don't like the idea.

Antonio Minter says it might create a financial hardship for him.

"I really don't want it to go, because I bought all my clothes and stuff so, I spent my money," says Minter.

Megan Delaney says it strips the students of their individuality.

"People want to dress the way they want to dress. Everybody's different so, I think it's ridiculous," says Delaney.

Parents, like Kenneth James, seem to think the dress code is a positive step.

"I think it'd be a good deal. You know, we have a lot of gang violence around here, a lot of gangs. I think it would be a good deal for them all to wear the same clothes," says James.

Tony Lane agrees.

"For my kids, I think it's better that they have the dress code, because I think the more discipline they have in school the better," says Lane.

If passed, the new dress code would take effect next year.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com