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County school board nods changes to dress code

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From Post staff reports

Wilson County Board of Education approved changes to a long-controversial dress code during its meeting this past Thursday.

The changes were approved with three members in favor and one opposed. Teddy Cook cast the lone no vote, and Don Weathers could not attend the meeting.

Under the changes, school administrators will decide whether something worn by students is appropriate. Students will also now be allowed to wear plaid, stripes and argyle and can also wear T-shirts related to school activities.

Board Chair Lisa McMillin noted that educators liked the new changes as in the past they have been required to serve as sort of “fashion police” enforcing the dress code’s requirements.

She added that many parents and students liked the change, also.

The board also approved an agreement to improve utilities in the school system with Johnson Controls Inc.

The improvements, which include electric, heating and air conditioning and plumbing, would need to be done regardless, McMillin said, noting under the agreement that if Johnson Controls said the work will save a certain amount and those savings do not occur, the company will pay the school system the difference in the amount.

Wilson County Commission must also approve the agreement and is expected to consider it at its Monday, Feb. 22 meeting, set for 7 p.m. at the Wilson County Courthouse in Lebanon.

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