Bad economy = suspension of public school uniform discussions

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    Yesterday, I posed the question “Could the economic downturn be good for our kids?” Today, we learn that at the very least it means they won’t be wearing uniforms at Harford County Schools anytime soon. I’m sure everyone already received the message by phone or e-mail (details of the uniform discussions are also available on the district’s website) that the district is suspending all parent community meetings on the subject while it focuses on “current budgetary issues.” If you missed it, here’s the message delivered through the eSchoolNewsletter :

    Dear Parents:

    Due to economic constraints, all School Uniform Parent Community Meetings are cancelled and will be rescheduled.  At this time, the Board of Education of Harford County is deferring the school uniform exploration process, as well as other new initiatives, in order to focus on current budgetary issues.    The Board is analyzing all current initiatives in the operating budget and realize the need to focus their energies at this time.  No decisions have been made regarding school uniforms and the process will continue at a later date.  As soon as that timeline is available, it will be communicated promptly.  Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications

    Harford County Public Schools

    Wearing uniforms might actually have saved some families money on more expensive clothes their kids would rather wear to school. But I know one 10-year-old who will be thrilled not to have to wear a uniform.