Many of our readers have expressed concern about the likelihood of a mascot name change at Cooperstown Central School.
We are not going to pick a side on this issue, as we have found great passion on both ends of the argument. More than a hundred people showed up at the district’s board of education meeting to have their voices heard — a gathering of that size does not happen often.
We feel the community is pretty evenly divided on this topic and we can hope it will be resolved civilly and not put people against one another. There are even competing pages on Facebook.
We would like to hit on another issue that many of our readers have brought up in result of the possible nickname change. Many want to know what sort of financial impacts may come along if a new mascot and name is decided on. People, especially district taxpayers, have a right to know, and this is why we got it “straight from the horse’s mouth” so to speak.
Superintendent C.J. Hebert said the Redskins name is on relatively few sport’s uniforms. However, he said the ones that do have the moniker will need to be replaced and or phased out. The athletic director is researching what the costs would be, he added.
So do we have a real answer? Not really. But at least it looks like the school may take its time and not hit everyone’s pocketbooks all at one.
As far as merchandise — Hebert said the district is not in the business of providing goods for profit. He said groups such as the Booster Club and Student Council come up with items to sell and may have to come up with new terms and designs for goods.
Alumni and students may want to keep their items with the Redskins name on it because it is possible the goods may become collectibles.