Dress code changed, school maintenance advocated by board

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

Large logos on students' coats are OK now in Marshall County schools since the board of education decided Monday to change the system's dress code.

Students wearing jackets, hoodies and other kinds of coats bearing big logos could wear such garments starting Tuesday. Logos larger than two inches were previously prohibited by the code.

"It obviously needs to be tweaked a little," school board member Barbara Kennedy, chair of the board's policy committee, said during the board's monthly meeting at the system's central office.

Also Monday night, Ken Lilly, chair of the board's maintenance committee, led discussion through repair and maintenance issues with County Commissioner Sheldon Davis, director of maintenance for schools and other county buildings.

School roof leaks continue to be fixed, only to reappear elsewhere, Davis said. A new coating across all faulty roofs is to be purchased through a Government Services Administration bid, and an estimate on the cost of building sloped roofs was anticipated this week.

Sloped metal roofs cost more, Davis said, responding to Kennedy's point that metal roofs could eliminate the need for a sealant.

Board member Donnie Moses said sealant couldn't be applied when the temperature is 40 degrees or cooler.

Leaking roofs were deemed a priority, Lilly said, but more paved parking at Chapel Hill Elementary School and that campus' portable classrooms' escape doors and odor are also being addressed.

A paving crew assigned by County Roads Superintendent Jerry Williams will improve parking at CHES. Principal Dean Delk, a county commissioner, said the space has been measured.

A water heater drain contributed to an odor in some classrooms, Davis said.

Back doors for CHES' portable classrooms are to be built during fall break, Davis said.

Other aspects of building condition and safety are mentioned in the system's five-year plan. The school board unanimously adopted the plan during Monday night's meeting. It includes ways to track progress.