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Schools choose uniform colors
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Barely visible in the distance from the third floor superintendent’s office area, receptionist Shari Phillips assists a parent Thursday on the ground floor of the Liberty County Board of Education’s new office. - photo by Photo by Joe Parker, Jr.
How dark – or light – is khaki? Or navy blue? Exactly what color is hunter green?
Now that the Liberty County Board of Education, urged on by certain administrators and some parents, has adopted school uniforms for elementary and middle school students and notified parents about what is acceptable wear for the upcoming school year, the inevitable questions have started pouring in.
Navy, khaki and white were chosen, and each school was allowed to add an extra color of its own.
Button Gwinnett, Joseph Martin and  Lyman Hall elementary schools chose red, as did Lewis Frasier Middle School.
Board member Carol Guyett said she had been shopping for school clothes and noted the reds she had found were “not real red, more pinkish red.”
No other schools chose red, and no one chose pink, but Frank Long Elementary selected burgundy which might present a complication for the school dress-code police (or whatever enforcement body is named) — especially after a few washings.
Jordye Bacon Elementary chose green as their extra color, but later specified they meant hunter green.
However, no one at Tuesday’s board meeting seemed sure about the actual color of hunter green.
Frank Long Principal Scott Carrier, a leader of the pro-uniform group, said, “All the calls I receive are about the third color for each school. I wish we had just said ‘Here are the two colors for the county.’”
Member Becky Carter said, “It’s going to be a mess,” and several other members seemed to agree.
Carrier was seen slumped in a chair, mumbling, “Hindsight ... but we’ve already sent this out.”
Liberty Elementary School chose gold as its extra color, as did Waldo Pafford and Snelson Golden. Taylors Creek chose baby/light blue and Midway Middle selected black. The student handbooks now being prepared say, “Please contact the school for the exact shade of each color.”
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