The Hurley School Board is moving forward with changing its mascot
Written by Jesse Baroka on February 19, 2019
HURLEY – The Hurley School Board is moving forward with changing the name of its mascot. At last night’s school board meeting the board acknowledged mistakes were made in the process, but voted again yesterday to proceed with plans to change the name. School Board President Joe Simonich explained the process began with a desire for a discussion about the mascot, but when those efforts failed, the board felt it was best to put the matter on the ballot. Citing the “rhetoric” on social media around the decision, Simonich said he felt the board was forced to retire the mascot rather than seek a vote. He said the decision to not put the matter to public vote was legal and not intended to circumvent the public will. District Administrator Chris Patritto laid out his vision for the process of moving forward in selecting a new mascot. He said he plans to create a rebranding team featuring students and other stakeholders. The team will design a survey for the community to provide feedback, And the students will play a key role in the decision making process. A new mascot would be chosen by the end of the school year.