The Cooperstown Central School Board of Education did not choose a new nickname for the district at its Wednesday night meeting. However, it looks like the school will soon be calling itself the CCS Hawkeyes.
It is the name that received the most support by students, teachers and the public via surveys, and board members seem to be on board with it as long as there are no problems having two Hawkeyes in town.
Board of Education President David Borgstrom said he did not feel comfortable adopting the name before making sure there are no infringement issues or conflicts with the Cooperstown Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League team that goes by the same name.
“We would like to get a letter of understanding between the baseball club and the school,” he said.
Borgstrom added that he felt uncomfortable holding a vote without three board members present (Jean Schifano, Mary Leonard and Andrew Marietta came to the meeting late).
Superintendent C.J. Hebert agreed, and said he wanted to thank Hawkeyes’ owner and president, Tom Hickey, for his willingness to share the name.
“We certainly want to make sure that we are in no way, shape, or form are infringing on a local business and their right to own their own trademark property,” he said.
Hebert said before moving forward he believes the school does not necessarily need an “extremely formal agreement” but there should be a letter of understanding between the two entities.
He offered to reach out to Hickey.
A special meeting has been set for 6 p.m. Tuesday for board members to get together and make a final decision. There were only four people and a few media members in attendance, with no public comments about the topic.