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Mascot moves to final stage

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The final mascot vote is in, but it won’t be announced yet.

“The Board of Education tasked the student body with answering the [physical mascot] question,” Manhattan High principal Greg Hoyt said, “and they deserve the first opportunity to hear the results.”

As a result, the mascot chosen by the student body will not be announced until the USD 383 board meeting tomorrow night. At that meeting, the board will vote on whether the mascot follows the criteria it determined during the Sept. 6 board meeting. The physical mascot must be distinct from Native American history and culture, respectful and inclusive of all students, and can’t be a human.

If the board approves the mascot, the next step will be determining how the mascot will be implemented. However, no thought has been put to this step yet.

“I have no idea [what the implementation will look like],” Hoyt said, “I haven’t even thought about that. We’re just addressing one question at a time.”

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One Response to “Mascot moves to final stage”

  1. Milo E. Kelley on December 7th, 2017 10:43 pm

    I’m a concerned citizen in Manhattan. I am not a student. I would hope that the MentorEditors provides an editorial concerning the recommendation about a mascot to the school board. Selecting the second highest receiver of votes is not how a democracy works.

    The Principal had two democratic options. He could have taken the selection with the highest votes or he could have chosen to take another vote between the two highest vote getters. he chose an option disregarding the votes of those voting for the Buffalo and the no mascot.

    I would provide my letter to the Manhattan Mercury Editor if I had an email address to send it to. I also sent similar comments to each member of the school board.

    Milo E. Kelley
    2417 Rogers Blvd
    Manhattan, KS 66502
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Mascot moves to final stage