Greenville: Council passes school study, sagging pants ordinance

GREENVILLE, AL (WSFA) - The City of Greenville will look at the possibility of forming its own school system.  That was just one item on the agenda at Monday's Greenville City Council meeting.

The council also approved an ordinance that bans saggy pants in the city.  Greenville joins Selma and Demopolis on the list of cities with ordinances against sagging pants.

"We just don't think it's appropriate to be walking up and down the streets of Greenville with your pants down the buttocks," said Greenville Mayor Dexter McClendon,.  "I feel like we need to send a message to let them know what we've got something on the books, this is not going to be an ordinance that we go out and over enforce or anything like that."

Violators would face an initial fine of $25.  Juveniles would face a maximum fine of $100.  For adults, the maximum fine would be $200.

The council also approved conducting a study on the feasibility of starting a city-run school system and breaking away from the Butler County system.  The study, which will be conducted by Construction Program Management of Birmingham, will cost the city $43,500.

It will analyze potential funding sources, demographics and curriculum.

"(This allows us) to able to do something to make sure our kids can do something, get out and find jobs, McClendon said.  "Other towns have done this and have been very successful, and that's something we want to take a look at."

The study is expected to be completed by December.  City leaders will make a decision about pursuing a new school system after the results of the study are released.

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