Madison middle school to require student uniforms

Madison middle school to require student uniforms

For the first time, a Madison public school will require students wear uniforms starting this fall.

The Madison School Board approved the measure during a vote Monday night for James C. Wright Middle School.

Wright Middle School officials put together a committee of staff and parents to survey the community, and of the 205 surveys returned, school leaders said 73 percent were in favor of school uniforms.

There will be some flexibility with the uniforms. Students will be able to choose between royal blue, black or white collared shirts with black or khaki bottoms, along with solid-color black, white or brown dress shoes.

The idea behind the move is to reduce distractions that students may have in the classroom and help them be community, college and career ready, officials said.

“With the adolescent brain and its continual developing, growing, changing. One day it’s on, the next minute it’s off,” said Dr. Angie Hicks, Wright Middle School principal. “However, (we’re) trying to focus in on student learning and outcomes and taking all the extra stuff that can create distractions for them out of the equation.”

Students were involved in the uniform selection process.

The proposal lists Dodgeville-based Lands’ End as the preferred vendor.