|Posted by keshiaclukey on May 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM|
Nation to help Cooperstown schools pay for new uniforms
BY KESHIA CLUKEY
See article at uticaod.com.
COOPERSTOWN- Starting July 1, the Cooperstown Central School District will be sporting its new nickname: the CCS Hawkeyes.
But change can be costly. The former Redskins will need new athletic uniforms.
Today the district will receive $10,000 from the Oneida Indian Nation at its 7 p.m. school board meeting, to help offset the cost.
"I believe this will cover the vast majority of the change in our uniforms," said district Superintendent C.J. Hebert. "This will go a long way toward making this change palatable to folks in a difficult fiscal environment."
The only other changes the district would need to make would be to a scorers table, he said.
In March, the school board voted to retire the district's former nickname, and on April 23, it unanimously approved the new name.
The schools orange and black colors and district emblem will remain, as will its logo, a Native American hunter and his dog - a tribute to the novels of James Fenimore Cooper.
"I think there's a realization that that was a fairly ubiquitous symbol and its relationship to the mascot nickname, there's really no direct correlation to them," Hebert said.
"The board and I are certainly appreciative of all those individuals who went out of their way to voice their opinion and to provide historical context for the name change," Hebert said. "At this juncture we're really looking forward to the presentation from (Nation Representative Ray Halbritter) and moving forward and looking toward next year."