The Nisqually Valley News
Thursday November 18, 1971
The Yelm School Board played before a packed house last Thursday when they held their
regular meeting.. .Several change orders were discussed by the board… The dress code
change, formulated by the students, was on the agenda with the full house yelling for
change. The three board members John Cullens, Harold Brezicha, and Bill Fosdick
attempted to delay the decision until the full board could be present. Art Gotchman,
Timberline High School principal, related what happened to their school when the same
type code was adopted. A poll of the administrators found no one actively opposing the
code that reads “Students’ appearance should be neat and clean. Dress and appearance
which cause disruption of the educational process or present health and safety problems
shall not be permitted; otherwise dress and appearance are the responsibility of parents.
All action will be handled by the administration , parents and students, but any student
may appeal through the regular established channels. Charles LeMoine, a member of the
board elected but not certified, was present and indicated he would vote for the measure.
With this announcement the board caved in to the students demand. Following the vote
the room emptied to the normal complement often visitors.