Students attending Hay Branch Elementary school next year will have more fashion options as they get ready for school.

The Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously during a meeting Tuesday to get rid of the standardized dress code at school, effective this fall.

The new dress code is a result of parent input, said Joseph Welch, executive director for student services.

Killeen ISD schools that adopt standard dress must complete an evaluation at least once every three years in which the district surveys parents about their views on students wearing uniforms. “Hay Branch Elementary School sent out the survey out to parents Feb. 26 and gave the parents until March 7 to return the survey,” Welch said.

The school sent out 582 Hay Branch surveys; 578 of them were completed, Welch said. Of the parents surveyed, 82 percent opposed standardized dress, compared to 37 percent of parents who supported it.

Other action

The board voted unanimously to raise breakfast and lunch prices by 25 cents per meal for the 2014-2015 school year. The increase will affect about 40 percent of students in the district because about 60 percent of students are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch plan, whose rates will remain the same.

The board also approved an increase to the teacher pay scale. For the upcoming school year, the annual salary for new teachers will start at $43,500. An additional $1,175 is added for teachers with a master’s degree and $1,755 is added for teachers with a doctorate degree. The pay scale increases between $300 and $400 for each year of experience, with teachers who have been at the district for 20 years having an annual salary of $51,000.

Contact Sarah Rafique at or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at SarahRafique.

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