Troy dress code still on the minds of parents
By Marianne Eisenbrandt Correspondent September 22, 2013 8:32PM
Updated: October 24, 2013 6:34AM
JOLIET — The Troy School District’s new dress code is still on the minds of some parents.
Kevin Modzelewski last week questioned how much time was spent by the Troy School Board and administration putting the new standardized dress code in place.
“It was quoted in a meeting by a board member that a substantial amount of time over the past three years has been spent on this issue,” Modzelewski said.
Modzelewski said his son has been in the Accelerated Curriculum Experience (ACE) program since third grade.
“My son received straight A’s last year in ACE math and his teacher always told us that he was doing great. He didn’t make ACE math this year because it was based on his Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) scores. Instead of our administrators and board focusing on this they’re more concerned about what he’s wearing to school.”
He noted that his son recently took his math MAP test but after only 16 questions his laptop ran out of battery power and he was told he would have to finish the following day.
“I cannot believe in today’s technological age our school did not have an extra battery or extra laptop ready to go during something as important as MAP testing,” he said.
The dress code calls for all children in grades 5-8 to be outfitted in khaki pants and a solid color shirt for school each day. The shirt can have a logo—but no bigger than a pocket-size logo. Students also will be allowed to dress in Troy Spirit wear.
Diane Gray, parent of an eighth grade student, also had questions for the board regarding the dress code policy. She wondered if the students had to follow the policy for the eighth grade end-of-year boat trip.
Superintendent Don White said students were allowed to dress up for the trip in past years.
“This year, we were thinking that we would stay with our current dress code parameters for the trip. However, we are considering allowing what the mother requested,” White said in an email after the meeting.
White said the implementation of the dress code has gone well.
“We have addressed many questions, but overall, I am very pleased with the implementation process and the students, staff and administration,” he said.
Also addressed was the concern of Jennifer Prosise, who said she was in fear of losing her child’s bus driver. She said there were rumors that they would be losing the district’s bus drivers.
White said the district is studying whether it would save the district money to hire outside transportation services.
“If all works as planned, we may ask the board to make a final decision on whether to outsource these services sometime after the first of the year,” he said. “We do not know if it will be financially advantageous to outsource transportation.”