Duval parents upset by long wait for paid school uniforms

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What would the start of a school year be without a little confusion and parental complaints?During the first few weeks the concerns are bus transportation problems or student assignments. But now more than 100 parents are concerned about their childrens' school uniforms. Uniforms that have been paid for in advance.

At Ribault Middle about six parents are still waiting on their children uniforms. Tiffany Swint is one of them.

"Right now children are getting in trouble for not having the proper uniforms," said Swint.

Joseph Stilwell Middle is the other school. About 100 parents there are still waiting on uniforms.

"The money has been debited from my account," said Amanda Jones. "I haven't received my merchandise."

Jones son attends Stilwell Middle.

"The uniform is part of his education," she says,"he is not in complete compliance with school policy."

The vendor for Stilwell is AG's Tees. The owner of the company, Adam Glover, said he understands the parents' concerns. He said there are multiple parts to the Stilwell uniforms and they were ordered in late July.

"I'm delivering orders on a daily basis," said Glover. "We are committed to the school and these parents to have all orders completed by the end of next week."

The vendor for Ribault Middle is O'mazing creations. The company owner said she relocated to Texas and that is part of the problem.

"During the move our equipment was damaged," said Ms. Watson.

She said she understands the parents frustration but is working on resolving all issues.

"I'm in the process of fulfilling the orders and they will be sent directly to the school," Watson said.

School district spokesperson Tia Ford said the schools are aware of the problems and they're working to resolve them.

"Students will not be penalized while they're waiting on their school uniforms," said Ford.


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