July 17, 2013 —
Berry also reported that Ashland Independent was the only district in the surrounding area that addressed tattoos. The committee recommended that the sentence concerning tattoos be removed.
A motion was made to accept the changes but it failed on a 2-2 tie vote with Chris Patrick and Bryan Greenhill voting “no”.
“I’m sticking with the current policy with no (showing) tattoos,” Patrick said.
“Educators spend more time with my kids than I do,” Greenhill said. “I don’t want someone with an eagle on their neck to be my kid’s role model.”
Berry said the need to spell out what is and is not appropriate is “sad.”
“We live in a culture now that has tattoos and it’s not a big deal to most people anymore,” Berry said. “A supervisor can tell them to cover something that is deemed inappropriate.”
Kiser, who was reluctant to give his opinion on the matter, disagreed.
“Tattoos have nothing to do with education,” Kiser said. “The administrators have a lot to deal with already, things that affect the children and their education. This isn’t something we have time to police.”
After 30 minutes of discussion, the board voted 3-1 to allow visible tattoos that are no larger than a credit card. No visible neck or face tattoos are permitted. Patrick cast the dissenting vote.
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