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Jamestown High School will adopt a new logo and mascot based on recommendations from a committee. The Jamestown Public School Board approved the measure at a reorganization meeting Thursday night.

The resolution also stated that any use of Native American images, including any “J” with feathers be abandoned and that all feathers be removed from buildings and playgrounds. Any uniforms or clothing with imagery will also be replaced as part of the plan.

The school district will hire a graphic designer and trademark lawyer to design a new logo and mascot for the high school.

School board member Joe Pawelski, who also sits on the JPS mascot committee, said the board will seek input from students, staff and the community on what the new logo and mascot should be like. to come up.

“Our district and the board of education are one that values ​​our diversity and the inclusiveness of all students. I am very pleased with the resolution of the board tonight to remove any reference to Native American imagery in the JHS logo or mascot ”, said Paul Abbott, chairman of the school board. “This process has been underway since 2014. We appreciate the volunteer hours the committee has spent researching the story, exploring the community’s feelings about the logo and mascot, and giving us the recommendations for making this precious decision for our neighborhood.

Nina Karbacka, Board Member, proposed to amend the resolution to include the name change. “Red Raider”.

“I am very much in favor of eliminating all Native American imagery, but I do not approve of the Red Raiders”, Karbacka said. “I think that while this name has not historically represented Native Americans, it has represented Native Americans for 50 years and is very closely associated with it. And I think our board and our school system have a strong sense of inclusion and respect for our students and this name doesn’t reflect that. “

The board rejected the amendment by a 5-1 vote, which maintains “Red Raider” Last name.

“When the mascot change was being discussed in 2014, we didn’t have the research or the history of the committee, so I was torn by the same idea. Red Raiders: do we keep that name? Is it based on Native American images or connotations? And I think the chairman of the committee, Ben Drake, presented evidence going back to the 1940s that helped me convince myself that the name is not related to Native American imagery, ” said Patrick Slagle, vice-chairman of the board.

The mascot committee will continue to meet and keep the school board and the community updated on the progress of the new high school logo and mascot.

“I would like to thank the members of the committee for their past and continued efforts on this issue”, said Dr Kevin Whitaker, district superintendent. “It was hard work. This is an important issue of respect, and we will continue to work for a fully inclusive and respectful environment in our schools. I look forward to involving our stakeholders in finding new imagery for our district. “

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