BOE Preview: Trust Fund Could Be Tapped for Dress Code 'Financial Support'

This and other agenda items are slated to be discussed at tonight's regularly scheduled East Haven Board of Education meeting at the high school.

After a busy summer that saw and the last-minute aversion of , the East Haven Board of Education kicks off the new school year — — with a full agenda at tonight's regularly scheduled meeting at the high school.

Subcommittee Meetings

Prior to tonight's regular meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., the board will hold a finance subcommittee meeting at 6 p.m., and then a policy & bylaws subcommittee meeting is set for 6:30 p.m.

Dress Code Financial Support

As the district moves into its first year , the BOE tonight will discuss the possibility of using funds from the to help provide "board financial support for the dress code."

District Handbook

Board members are also expected to discuss and then approve a revised attendance policy and the new district handbook for the 2012-13 school year.

Appointments, Contract Approvals

In addition to several staffing appointments, the school board is also scheduled to discuss and possibly approve a contract agreement for a director of finance and the district's director of adult education.

East Haven Schools has been operating without a finance director since Jason Lathrop and the administration for undisclosed reasons.

Since then, the business office's Finance Manager Patricia Lewis has been heading the department.

Other Agenda Items

The school board will also discuss other agenda items at each of the three meetings tonight. For a full rundown, all three agendas have been attached to this article.

Mitch August 28, 2012 at 06:26 PM
So what exactly does "board financial support for the dress code" mean? Are they going to give every K-8 student a stipend to pay for the uniform clothing? If so, it won't be much per kid. Are they going to throw themselves a big bash and congratulate themselves for getting something done this term? There is $800,000 (give or take) in the trust, correct? There HAS to be better things to spend it on.
Matt Lyons August 28, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Would be better if the stores they listed as suppliers for uniforms actually had them in stock! We spent a great deal of time traveling to the stores listed only to find limited sizes and colors. Nice planning BOE.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler August 28, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I have to agree with the gentlemen above. This rings of more poor planning. To discuss financial aid for families who may have struggled buying uniforms already, for this school year. Granted, I'm sure there are families who would appreciate some help in the future. One would think that it would have been nice to consider this option a bit sooner, though. (I know this trust fund was only recently discovered.) Another point though, to play Devil's Advocate: Wasn't one of the selling points in instituting this new dress code, that it's supposed to SAVE families money? Taken from the Jan. 24th minutes from the committee's meeting: "Stores such as Kohl's, K-mart, and Wal-Mart will stock uniform school colors and a complete outfit can be purchased for less than $25." <<< That's less than most non-uniform outfits I've purchased for my four kids, through the years.
Maggie Mae August 28, 2012 at 07:03 PM
WHY does the BOE need to give the parents a stipend?? This is so stupid! Use the money for books, education, special programs, etc., for not for personal uniforms.
Gene Ruocco August 28, 2012 at 07:22 PM
In the stipulation for judgment, set on March 19, 1987; (e), No Expenditures in excess of $10,000 or of any amount from the corpus of the trust shall be made unless the defendant Board of Education shall have given to the office of the Attorney General of its intention to do so at least 30 days prior to such expenditute. I hope the BOE has followed the outlines in the trust.
Matt Lyons August 28, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Come on Gene. They're the BOE not the board of common sense.
Matt Lyons August 28, 2012 at 07:35 PM
If these people worked for me, they'd be out on their ear enjoying King Obama's extended unemployment benefits!
Gene Ruocco August 28, 2012 at 07:39 PM
(expenditure), sorry about the misprint.
FCF August 29, 2012 at 12:06 PM
This morning I drove by all the children waiting for the bus in their uniforms and they looked great. I can not wait for the high school to do the same.
Julie Clement August 29, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Considering that I had already purchased all of my daughters school clothes for this year before the end of the last school year coupled with the fact that I disagree with this uniform policy, I will not be spending any more money or time looking for this ridiculous attire.
enough's enough! August 29, 2012 at 08:41 PM
They are planning on using the money on there lawyers fees, when they try to pass this dress code in the High school. This is a PUBLIC school system, the public should decide what there kids wear to school within reason. But a dress code for HS aged kids is ridiculous. The only reason why there is a dress code at all is, the ones making the decisions now are the ones that got made fun of or where not popular when they went to school. Stop coddling these kids! As much as you don't want to face it not everyone a WINNER, COOL or POPULAR. P.S. If your going to have the BALLS to implement a policy , HAVE THE BALLS TO PICK ONE "UNIFORM" not six different items with hundreds of combinations! UNIFORM (all the same) THAT IS ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!
enough's enough! August 29, 2012 at 08:44 PM
That a girl Julie! let your daughter be a individual not a clone!
enough's enough! August 29, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Your an IDIOT!
Rosie August 29, 2012 at 09:37 PM
It's not a uniform. It's a dress code. It was implimented because some people have absolutely no sense when it comes to dressing appropriately for school. (Or no mirrors, not sure which.) Because of these people, we ALL have to suffer now. Personally, I would have just sent these students home day after day after day that they weren't dressed properly. Let the parents deal with it. If that amounted to too many absences to move on, oh well...lesson learned.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Everyone: Just a quick update to let you know the BOE did approve using some of the funds "to begin the development of uniform closets" at each of the elementary school and JMMS.The closets would end up being something similar to the thirft store at the Academy, according to Assistant Superintendent Forti. I'll have more reporting form last night's school board meeting tomorrow, but again just a quick update on this one issue.
Rosie August 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM
The thrift store at the Academy is totally made up of donations from students as they out grow their uniforms and in no way is supplemented by any funds from the BOE at all. Somehow, this doesn't seem like a fair, or an acceptable use for these funds. How about using it for, oh...I don't know...EDUCATION?? Maybe we can get out of the bottom 10%. Again, the BOE not thinking before they act. I will certainly remember this, among other things, come November.


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