Bridgeville - Greenwood News Briefs
Thursday, December 25, 2003

Greenwood Library planning 25th anniversary celebration
Greenwood Public Library has been serving the residents of northern Sussex County for 25 years. On Tuesday, Dec. 30, the Greenwood Public Library will host an open house to celebrate from 1-5 p.m., with a special scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. The open house is open to the public at no charge. The special program will include guest speaker Lester Beachy, chairperson of the Sussex County Library Advisory Board, and special recognition of those who have contributed to the success of the Greenwood Public Library.Cookies and punch will be served throughout the day and will include the cookies found in the Greenwood Public Library Friendsí Colossal Cookie Cookbook, currently on sale at the library. Cookie recipes were contributed by Greenwood Library patrons. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook benefit the Friends of the Greenwood Public Library. Cost of the cookbook is $2.75 or $2.50 with the purchase of four or more. Tours will be available all day except during the special program. For more information call the library at 349-5309.

Ham/Turkey Shoot
Ellendale Ruritan will hold their Ham/Turkey Shoot at the Ellendale V.F.W., Road 607 (1/2 mile south of Rt. 113 and 16 intersection), at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 24. Refreshments will be available for sale. For possible cancellation call 422-2948.

  Woodbridge Board approves draft of uniform dress code
By Mike McClure

The Woodbridge School Board approved the first reading of the districtís uniform dress code proposal during a meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 16. The code will be fine tuned based on comments received from board members and will be brought back to the board early next year for a second reading. (See policy below.) The policy also states that clothing must be sized to fit the student. An enforcement/reward program is being proposed for the 2004-05 school year for grades PK-8. Families will be informed of the schoolís policy in a timely manner in order to give them adequate time to purchase the required clothing. Information will be sent to each family detailing the items of acceptable dress as soon as the board approves the proposal. Those with chronic violations of the uniform dress code will be invited to a conference with their families, teacher, and principal during which the school will work with the families to assist them to comply with the code. The district will make financial support available if appropriate. Student dress compliance will also be recognized as part of school recognition programs. During the first violation of the proposed code, teachers would document the incident, the office would contact the family, and the student would be required to change into a uniform that is supplied by the school. The same would occur with a second violation except the student would also be assigned detention. For the third and subsequent violations the same would happen along with a parent conference in which the parent would be asked to leave a uniform at the school which is labeled for the child. The child would be required to change into the uniform anytime the uniform code is violated. The policy also spells out the districtís financial assistance program to help families facing financial hardship to meet the dress code guidelines. Families must apply for a financial assistance grant to help defray the cost of purchasing uniform clothing. The district has created a fund to be awarded in grants of up to $40 per child per school year or $80 per family. Superintendent Kevin Carson expects some changes to the proposed policy through the second reading. The uniform committee will meet again on Jan. 6 with the second reading expected to occur on Jan. 13 or during the boardís February workshop meeting.

The policy that was presented for first reading states the following:

Basic uniform
Navy Blue or Khaki pants, walking shorts, skorts, skirts, or jumpers
  1. Blue jeans and sweatpants are not permitted
  2. Shorts, skorts, skirts, or jumpers must be respectable and modest in length
  3. A belt must be worn if pants or shorts have belt loops
White or light blue shirts or blouses-
  1. All shirts and blouses must have a collar and must be tucked in or worn at mid hip
  2. Turtlenecks, polo shirts, and button-down shirts are permitted
  3. Sleeveless shirts or t-shirts are not permitted
Navy blue or gray sweaters
  1. All sweaters must be worn with a white or light blue collared shirt or blouse
  1. Shoes must be navy blue, black, or brown in color, no open heel permitted
  2. Sneakers are also accepted
  3. Clogs, flip-flops, and bedroom slippers are not permitted
  1. White, tan, black, natural or navy blue socks, tights or stockings may be worn