Parents Push Back On Pinkerton Academy's Dress Code Proposal

Sep 26, 2013

Students model the proposed unified dress code at Pinkerton Academy Thursday night.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The vast majority of parents at a meeting at Pinkerton Academy in Derry Thursday night spoke out against the school's unified dress code proposal.

DD Barker she says she simply can’t afford the type of dress code the school is exploring.

And she says she’s done the math.

“In order to outfit my daughter for her senior year of high school, it’s going to cost me $639. And that’s just for five days of clothes.”

Starting next year, administrators want students to adhere to a narrow dress code.

Headmaster Mary Anderson describes the look as business casual and believes it will allow students and teachers to focus more on learning.

A group of students modeled the various clothing options at the start of the meeting.

“I’m wearing a button down shirt with a sweater vest and black dress pants.”

Students wore a mix of polo shirts and sweater vests, along with khaki pants, shorts and skirts.

Associate Dean Wendy Despres says they want to keep the costs down for families.

“We are working tooth and nail to try to make sure that we’re getting the best quality product for the lowest possible cost.”

School officials say they’re still working on the final proposal to present to the academy’s board of trustees.