Hays CISD trustees on Monday unanimously approved a standardized dress for Simon Middle School, the district’s fifth middle school, which will open in August.
Principal Michelle Chae presented a proposal to the School Board upon the recommendation of parents, who attended an informational meeting in mid-April. With nearly 100 in attendance at the parent meeting, representing about 20 percent of the school’s students, parents overwhelmingly support standardized dress, Chae told the school board.
The dress will be a solid color, collared shirt (one color per grade level) and khaki or navy pants.
The standardized dress will “help create a school atmosphere suitable for academic study and allow students to focus on the business of school,” Chae said.
For students who may not be able to afford the clothes, school staff will work through partnerships with local churches and businesses, she said.
“(Standardized dress) has never been something the Board wanted to dictate to the schools,” said school board president Chip DuPont. “It’s up to the school to make their environment work for them. If a school decides it wants to do this, the Board will be supportive of it.”
In other business, the School Board:
• Approved the selection of Humana as the district’s employee health insurance carrier for the 2009-10 school year;
• Named Carolyn Hitt as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. Hitt has served in this capacity as interim for the past year. She has served as principal of Tom Green Elementary School and Buda Elementary School and Assistant Principal and Dean of Students of Hays High School;
• Renewed the contract for one year with Southwest Food Service Excellence as the child nutrition provider;
• Gave Superintendent Jeremy Lyon or his designee authority to negotiate land for a future school site;
• Gave Lyon or his designee authority to work with the City of Kyle for a possible interlocal agreement regarding the planning and design of an indoor swimming pool; and
• Approved a guaranteed maximum price of $850,870 for the renovation of the Kimbro Building at Kyle Elementary School.
— FROM HAYS CISD/JULIE JEROMEEmail | Print