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January 31, 2013

Students to vote on school nickname , narrowing to three choices

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The Crier reported in January 2002 that CCS was the only district left in the state still using Redskins as its nickname, according to a list compiled by the state Education Department.

Borgstrom said that although the issue was discussed years ago without any action taken, he thinks culture has evolved and changed, and so must CCS.

“I am convinced the time has come to make a change” he said. “We cannot continue on a path of recognizing the importance of diversity education, and cultural sensitivity and continue to be called the Redskins.”

This is a Board of Education responsibility that cannot be put aside, Borgstrom said, adding that he recognizes the importance of precedence, history and community ties, but in the context of today, they may have a different importance.

More details are to be discussed at the district’s next board meeting, which is scheduled for Feb. 6.

A link to Borgstroms’s full address can be found at the district’s website, cooperstowncs.org.

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