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The vote on Pinellas uniforms isn't yet tallied as two board members have yet to be sworn in



Krassner.JPGSure, it sounds like Pinellas school board members might be leaning toward approving uniforms for all elementary and middle schools in 2011-12.

But don't count your chickens so fast: by the time the school board is expected to vote Dec. 7, there will be two new members on the seven-person board -- and the vote isn't the vote until it's taken.

On Tuesday, only Linda Lerner indicated that she is against requiring all schools to implement uniforms.

But Terry Krassner, above, who will be sworn in to replace Nina Hayden in November, says she's against them too. "Dress code is something I've always felt strongly about since I was in school myself," she told the Gradebook today.

Krassner, a retired Westgate Elementary principal, said two efforts to pass mandatory uniforms there failed due to limited parent support. Krassner said she still appreciates that process of letting local schools make that decision for themselves. "I'm absolutely against just making a district decision and not giving any respect to the local community," she said.

The only question remaining is who will fill Mary Brown's District 7 seat representing south Pinellas County.

Candidate Lew Williams said he shares Krassner's sentiment. The retired school administrator said that while he has no problem with uniforms, he thinks the current system of leaving the decision up to each school works.

Challenger Jim Jackson, meanwhile, says he's undecided on the issue.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 6:19pm]


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