The Waxahachie ISD board of trustees met Monday night, giving its approval to the dress code for the secondary campuses, which include Turner Middle School, the junior high, the Ninth Grade Academy and the high school.

One of the revisions to the dress code will see the wearing of T-shirts restricted to either solid-colored ones or those having either WISD spirit-related or collegiate designs. The intent of the revision is to prevent an issue of shirts with inappropriate slogans, Deputy Superintendent David Truitt said.

The changes have been under discussion for several weeks and have involved the different campuses, the administration and board members.

Information about the dress code will be sent out with report cards and also posted on the district’s Web site. The district’s staff will be responsible for enforcement, with students’ cooperation sought in alleviating problems with dress code compliance.

“If we can’t tackle the issues with this (the revisions), and we still have a high number of referrals … then we’re back to looking at dress menus,” Truitt said, saying, “We feel this is a good way to be bridging the gap.”

In other business, the board approved $53,105 to be spent toward furniture needs for the schools for the 2007-2008 school year, with $30,000 to come from money already budgeted and the remainder from the 1999 bond.

The expenditure would leave about $870,000 remaining in the 1999 bond.

Also approved by the board was $12,425 for white marker boards for the Dunaway campus, to come out of the 2006 bond, which had earmarked $124,500 for improvements at that campus.

The board previously approved $38,000 in flatwork needed for the school, with about $74,075 in funds remaining.

Lynn Marshall, executive director of support services, said marker boards were installed at Northside Elementary last summer, with Shackelford Elementary having received a donation of some boards from Tyler Company after it ceased operations in Waxahachie.

“Not every campus has them. We’re trying to accumulate them as we can,” Marshall said, noting the district will install the boards itself to save money on the total cost.

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