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June 16, 2014

WV union wants Hampshire teacher dress code rescinded

CUMBERLAND — ROMNEY, W.Va. — The American Federation of Teachers — West Virginia has asked for a teacher dress code adopted May 19 by the Hampshire County Board of Education to be rescinded.

The federation’s attorney sent a June 9 letter to Marianna Leone, superintendent of Hampshire County Schools, requesting the dress code to be withdrawn.

Leone had nothing to say in a Monday interview other than the board has talked about the dress code all year and the board is the policy maker.

The letter states that the board of education has denied the employees the ability to comment on pending policy amendments and has violated the provisions of the Open Governmental Proceedings Act.

It further states that because of the absence of notice and opportunity to comment, professional and service personnel were unable to comment in any manner on the policies at issue.

Christine Campbell is the president of the American Federation of Teachers — West Virginia. Carbone and Blaydes, attorneys in Charleston, wrote the letter to Leone on behalf of the AFT-WV.

Campbell said that the dress code, in her opinion, really isn’t necessary. “There is already a provision to address anyone who is dressing unprofessionally.“The principals of the school have the right to address an individual(s) if they are not dressing appropriately.”

Leone said the letter would be discussed at Monday night’s board meeting.

Contact Marla Pisciotta at marlapisciotta@frontier.com.

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