Warren school board passes dress code

The board made dress code changes after meeting with parents and pupils.
WARREN -- The Warren Board of Education passed a districtwide dress code that would ban high heels, jeans and leather clothing.
The dress code, which is similar to one already in place at East Middle School, will go into effect at the beginning of the 2007-08 school year.
The new dress code will allow only solid-color shirts with solid-color pants, shorts or skirts. Leather or vinyl clothing, jeans and outdoor wear are not permitted; nor is any other clothing fad or style deemed inappropriate by the administration.
The board did make some changes to the proposed dress code after having public meetings in April with parents, pupils and community members, President Edward Bolino said. The board expanded the color range for clothing -- East's dress code calls for only red, white, blue, black and yellow items -- and allowed pupils to wear shirts without collars.
"The dress code isn't written in stone forever," Bolino said. "We'll make any adjustments we need to further down the road."
Contractor terminated
In other business, the board terminated the 10.4 million contract of the general contractor for the new Willard kindergarten-through-eighth-grade building so work on the school will not be delayed any longer.
Hively Construction Co. Inc. of Canfield failed to perform work in a timely manner and did not cooperate with construction manager Bill Schurman or comply with the requirements of the contract, said Steve A. Friedman of Squire, Sanders & amp; Dempsey law firm in Cleveland. Friedman is representing the district in the matter.
The district sent a series of letters to Hively asking them to move forward, Friedman said.
"They gave us all kinds of excuses why they weren't moving forward, none of which we found to be legitimate," he said.
The only work that has been done up to this point is some soil and site work and drainage installation, Friedman said.
In order to keep the project on schedule, the district is planning to work with three of Hively's subcontractors to complete soil and site work and masonry.
The board passed three resolutions authorizing Bolino and Treasurer Angela J. Lewis to enter into contracts with Chem-Base, Inc. for the soil work in an amount not to exceed 300,000; with Miller-Yount Paving Inc. of Warren for the site work in an amount not to exceed 1 million; and with Lencyk Masonry Co. of Poland, for the masonry work in an amount not to exceed 2.7 million.
The district will decide at a later date whether to hire another general contractor or simply work with other subcontractors.
Progress on the Willard school, which is slated to be open by the summer of 2008, is around three months behind schedule, Friedman said.

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