By Tony Farkas
COLDSPRING — Newly minted Superintendent Bryan Taulton is now taking control of Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD, and is setting priorities for the coming year.
At its regular meeting June 26, the COCISD board approved changes to the student dress code and staff dress guidelines for the 2021-22 school year.
Communications Coordinator Cassie Gregory said that as part of Taulton’s plan, enforcement of dress codes and codes of conduct will be a top priority for the coming year, as student appearance is directly related to attitude and learning.
Part of the code addresses masking in the wake of the pandemic; the police states masks are optional for all students.
Other items included are shorts, with the exception of biker shorts or Spandex; and leggings are allowed, provided a shirt or sweater is of skirt length.
Items that are prohibited include revealing clothing, bare midriffs, sagging pants, pants with Velcro or snaps on the side, clothing that shows visible skin, clothing that advertises inappropriate items or contains offensive language, visible body piercings (except for ears), and house shoes.
More information is available from the district website at cocisd.org/Page/1409.
In other business, the board:
- approved the stipend list for the coming school year;
- approved a resolution to consider designating COCISD a District of Innovation;
- approved a district improvement plan with focus on early childhood literacy and math proficiency and college, career and military readiness goals; and
- hired new teachers and a new counselor.