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Lowndes County considers school uniforms

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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

October 29, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Lowndes High may conform to uniforms.

The school board performed a year long study on the pros and cons of uniforms.

They would be mandatory for all students grades K through 12.

The decision may not be a popular one but administrators believe they could better the schools.

The thought of switching to uniforms doesn't bother Lowndes Junior Tobias Williams.

"It doesn't really matter to me. I wouldn't mind wearing it because I pretty much dress the same everyday," Williams says.

But Williams say he stands alone.  "Pretty much everyone else is against it because they have their own style and stuff."

Administrators say while the switch may be hard at first, the long term effects will be worth it. They believe it will help with security.

"if someone is on campus who shouldn't be, we'll be able to identify that person," says School Resource Office Shirley Walker.

Self esteem.

"All the kids will be dressed the same. One student won't feel like another student in name brand clothing, perhaps and that will help a lot in discipline."

And safety.

"Some of the gangs here have different colors that they wear and some of the students do wear those colors because they are active in gangs. The school uniforms will not be those colors," Walker adds.

Students will have a variety of colors and clothes to choose from, although those haven't been picked out yet. The students will get a say in what's included in the new dress code.

The school boards say the decision is not up to them, it's up to the parents and students.

They will hold a public forum at the High School at 6:00 P.M. on November 6th.

The board will vote in January and the uniform policy would take effect in the 2009-2010 school year.

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