Waterville Voters Pick New Mascot, Sports Team Name
After putting the question to voters on Tuesday, the replacement for one of many CNY school district's with Native American associated monikers and mascots seems to be decided.
Voters in the Waterville Central School District were given four replacement options this week for the longstanding 'Indians' school name and mascot. They decided on the future name, and also approved the district's budget for next year.
The moves follows a mandate from the state education department in an effort “to end the use of Native American mascots as soon as practical." District's across New York were formally made aware of the expected change last November. District's have until the end of the 2024-25 school year to fully phase out mascots, team names and logos considered discriminatory or offensive.
Options presented for Waterville's replacement were Huskies, Wildcats, Wolves and Eagles.
Of the 678 votes cast on Tuesday, 249 voters opted for Eagles, the district announced.
In the photo above, Adrian Peterson of the NFL's then-Washington Redskins celebrates with teammates after scoring. Since, the team has changed it's moniker to the Washington Commanders.
The change is expected to be formally adopted by the district at the Waterville Board of Education's June 13 meeting. While the name has been voted on, district officials say the school's future logo, look and mascot is being chosen by a committee of community members, students and staff. An exact date for their selection, and a an exact date of the changes, has not yet been determined.
Once called the Cleveland Indians, this MLB franchise is now called the Cleveland Guardians.
Waterville is one of many districts required to eliminate Native American-associated names, logos and mascots. Districts have until the end of this school year to commit to making the change by the 2024-25 deadline. Failure to do so could result in a loss a school officers or State Aid funding for schools.
Here are nearly two dozen more who fall under the state's requirement to replace existing names and imagery.
23 CNY School Mascots That Will Have to Change Name