SPARTA, NJ -  The Sparta Board of Education voted to continue the discussion on school uniforms.  The resolution was to “authorize the Superintendent to survey the parents/guardians if the school should develop a policy to require school uniforms.” 

Should the community support having a uniform policy it is estimated that it will cost the district a minimum of $57,000 according to district officials. The Sparta School District would be required to provide two uniforms for each student of families who are eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch program. The district has a five and a half percent free and reduced lunch population.  

The district would also be required to supply uniforms to families who petition for uniforms based on hardship.  Hardship requests are unknown and not part of the estimated costs.  The district’s preliminary research indicates the average female uniform to cost $156 and a male uniform to cost $140.  

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In the discussion prior to the vote, board member Richard Bladek said, “I would be surprised if any board member voted no.  [The resolution] is to see if there is support from the parents, staff and the taxpayers for school uniforms.”  He then added, “I’d like to see it pass.” 

Additional discussion was brief.  Vice President Kelly McEvoy asked about the timeline.  Tobin responded that he would bring the issue to the administrative team for discussion if the board approved the resolution.

Kim Yoeman asked about the cost of the survey.  Assistant Superintendent Dr Melissa Varley explained there is already a company that does surveys for the district because the state mandates the district to perform surveys each year.   

The resolution passes 8-0.  Frank Favichia was not present. 

The next step is for the survey to be developed and sent to the school community for feedback. 

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