Following Truman High School’s homecoming dance last week, the integration of a “dance contract” is being deemed a success by parents and staff.

Following Truman High School’s homecoming dance last week, the integration of a “dance contract” is being deemed a success by parents and staff.


“The dance went very well,” Truman Principal Kristel Barr said. “We sold just under 700 tickets, and all Truman students who attended signed the contract. We did not have to remove a single student, and the dancing was completely appropriate.”


This was the first dance at which students were required to sign a contact before attending. The contract addresses what school officials call “inappropriate or dirty dancing.” Barr said there have been attempts in the last few years to improve the environment at school dances, but nothing has worked. She said the goal of the contract is to make it clear to students and parents what the expectations are as to appropriate behavior.


A signed contract is required from all students to attend any school dance, with the exception of prom. If a student is found to be in violation of the rules, he or she will be asked to leave. That student also will not be able to attend any other dance at Truman during the 2010-11 school year.


Joyce Stewart, a parent at Truman, said it was one of the best dances she has “ever seen.”


“I believe the students really cooperated fully,” she added. “I don’t believe there were any issues. The environment was a little different, but I think the kids that were there had a good time.”


Barr said although she thinks some students did not feel it was as fun as it has been in the past, the contract did what it was meant to do.


“I have had many students say it was a lot of fun and that it was our best dance ever,” she said. “From my point of view, it was definitely our best dance ever.”