To the editor,
Time for a history lesson. It was the late 1990’s when I had the honor to sit on the Region 16 Board of Education. I remember well the evening when a concerned parent brought forth the concept of school uniforms. After a brief discussion with faculty, staff, parents and board members, it was decided not to move forward with any type of action regarding a school uniform policy.
The board saw absolutely no merit in instituting a uniform policy back then and quite frankly there is no reason to revisit the subject. With all due respect, it is not the job of politicians to get involved in school policy, especially when the politicians involved don’t even have children in the school system involved. A uniform policy is a very local issue. What works in one city doesn’t mean it’s right for Region 16, and vice-versa.
Also concerning to me was the apparent rush to have a survey. Is it now Region 16 policy to hold a survey for every request received? How much time, effort and money were spent at the busiest time of the school year on this survey? We in Region 16 are lucky to have a great team with Superintendent Yamin at the helm. We, as residents, must allow that team of professionals, along with the elected Board of Education, to use their talents and common sense to make the decisions needed to support our great school system.
I realize that in this overly “PC” world we live in it is sometimes difficult to resist the urge to try to make everyone happy all the time. Working in the public eye is stressful and seems thankless at times. I urge the Board of Education and our staff and faculty to keep their eye on the prize: a quality and safe learning environment for our children. And please, once and for all, put this uniform issue to rest.
Peter A. Christensen