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2/19/2013 8:09:00 AM
Editorial: School uniform plan blew through like a dust devil

The school uniforms proposal for the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District came and went like an Arizona dust devil.

Where did it come from, and where did it go?

Superintendent Barbara U’Ren proposed school uniforms of khaki pants with a couple different polo shirts. Already, Mountain View Preparatory has a strict dress code that is close to a policy of requiring uniforms.

U’ren’s proposal was endorsed by C-OC principals Denise Kennedy and Nancy Erickson.

As with anything that represents dramatic change, the school uniform proposal prompted a mixed bag of opinion. It also included a query from Board President Jason Finger about where did the idea come from and why.

U’Ren’s plan was not warmly received. No surprise there as it represents change.

But, it bears emphasis that it was not rejected outright either.

The board clearly communicated that it wanted more information, and it wanted to hear from district parents. “I’d like to see more research,” said board member Jason Little. JoAnne Cook asked if the board could get more feedback on the idea. Finger said he would like to hear from parents.

To which U’Ren replied that she was not done researching the idea.

Apparently she was.

Friday morning, U’Ren told The Verde Independent that the issue of uniforms on district campuses was dead.

“There was no compelling reason to move forward with uniforms,” U’Ren said.

Whoa, wait a minute. On Tuesday night, U’Ren believed in the idea enough to sell it to the school board, but just a few days later she completely shelved it.

It makes one wonder to what degree this idea was thoroughly thought through in the first place.

It’s like one of those mysterious Arizona dust devils. Where did it come from, and where did it go?

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Next Thing, You Know, U'Ren Will Be Pushing...

Low cost education spending and !00%
Vouchers system for home, private and public

And she would be absolutly correct, go girl go!

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: This is precisely the problem with Ms. U'ren

This is the exact problem with Mrs. U'ren. Her wishy-washy fads are just like dust blowing in the wind. This is not that big of a deal to me, I can see the pro's and con's of uniforms but why such a quick turn-around on an idea that you just presented a few nights before?
Something has been seriously wrong with the leadership in this district for a long time and this is just another example of things that make you scratch your head in wonder.
We got tired of wondering what was coming next, seeing beloved teachers leave the district and seeing our school picked apart like a dead carcass and so we moved our kids out of the district. However, I still follow the news closely and am saddened everytime I see this craziness going on.
If/when MUHS and COCSD ever come to an agreement on shared services, I certainly hope that Mrs. U'ren is weeded out quickly as a possible candidate. The confidence we have in her as a leader for our children is gone blew away long, long ago!

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: Gray Grammarian

Precisely. Although I think the question is "Why did it come when it did?"

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