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School Board to vote on uniforms

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

The Lincoln County Board of Education is expected to come to a decision regarding Battleground Elementary School’s request to pilot a uniform program during a special-called meeting Thursday night.
The issue has been discussed at previous meetings of the group, which decided to delay taking action on the item to receive more input from parents at recent public forums.
Principal Jim Heffner said the proposal, highlighted as an opportunity to heighten the sense of community within the school, would require students to wear navy polo tops or school T-shirts, sweatshirts and jerseys with khaki bottoms.
If approved, he hopes to implement the program for the coming school year.
He has said that his school, which serves grades kindergarten through third, does not have an issue with inappropriate dress or bullying. Rather, he sees the uniforms as a proactive chance to build self-esteem and acceptance in students, while also leveling social classes and increasing attendance.
Based on their previous comments, School Board members seem split on whether to grant the request, and it remains to be seen whether the forums with parents and school faculty will have had any impact on their likely votes.
Also on the agenda for Thursday night’s meeting is consideration of budget amendments and an interim budget resolution, workers’ compensation, auto liability and garage insurance for the next fiscal year, personnel recommendations and, if needed, a closed session.
The meeting, which will take place at 6 p.m. at the board office on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton, is open to the public.

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