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Buford schools consider uniforms

BUFORD - School Board members Monday night discussed the possibility of moving the entire student body over to a "uniforms-only" dress code in the near future, perhaps as early as the upcoming school year.

"I get daily complaints about dress code problems," said board chairman Phillip Beard.

Buford Middle School students adhere to a strict dress code, including khaki or black pants and collared shirts. Rachel Adams, the middle school principal, said the results speak for themselves. A study conducted by some of her students revealed a sharp decrease in discipline problems as a direct result of such a dress code. Beard added that implementing a uniform dress code would also take a lot of pressure and expense off of parents and "back-to-school" shopping.

"Of course, the most positive response we got during the study was from teachers," said Adams.

A survey of rising ninth-grade students and their parents revealed adamant opposition to a uniform policy, according to Adams. She could not be sure how many parents actually saw the survey, which was sent home with students, and could not verify that the results were not skewed. With that in mind, board members decided to mail a survey to all parents of Buford High School students in the next couple of weeks.

The matter will then be taken up and a decision made at

the July Board of Education meeting.

Buford Academy recognized as top-achieving school

Buford Academy was recognized as a Title I Distinguished School by the state of Georgia last month. Buford Academy earned this distinction by meeting or exceeding the Adequate Yearly Progress goals for three years straight.