During the meeting, board member Teresa Russo said she wanted to make a clarification. She said, “The students brought it to the board. That’s how it came up. Several students brought it up to the superintendent and to the board president, not the other way around.”
This is not the first time the school has considered a change.
State Education Commissioner Richard Mills sent a letter to school boards in April 2001, asking them to change Indian-related mascots and logos as soon as possible.
An ad hoc committee was formed by the Cooperstown Board of Education in response to the letter. A public meeting was held to gather public opinion about the continued use of the Redskins image, nickname and mascot.
During a student assembly address made on Jan. 24 by Borgstrom, he said that although the issue was discussed years ago without any action taken, he thinks culture has evolved and changed, and so must CCS.
“We cannot continue on a path of recognizing the importance of diversity education, and cultural sensitivity and continue to be called the Redskins,” he said.
A link to the full address can be found at the district’s website.