Students vote on new mascot in Mahopac: Mavericks, Mustangs or Wolfpac
Students in Mahopac voted Tuesday on a new name to replace their current “Indians” mascot.
Their choice was between the Mavericks, the Mustangs or the Wolfpac (with no k).
Superintendent Christine Tona told News 12 the results of the student-vote are going to be announced at this Thursday's school board meeting. The board is going to officially adopt the new mascot at their June 20 meeting and begin the transition.
Last month, the state Board of Regents voted unanimously on a final version of their mascot rules, deciding that any public school with a Native American mascot must commit in writing by the end of this year to change it.
Districts across the state have until June 2025 to make the changes. Schools that don't comply may not receive state aid.
Some residents like Frank Scuderi were a bit sore at the Education Department's decision, which said stereotypical Native American symbols can be a barrier to a safe learning environment.
“They're changing too many things. History, you know? Leave the stuff alone," said Scuderi.
Senior Daniel Paleo said many students are going to miss being the Indians – but are glad the mascot battle is finally ending.
At a recent news conference, school administrators said this yearslong transition is going to cost the district about $500,000. They're supporting legislation that would require the state to reimburse districts all costs related to their mascot transitions. They will be paying for logo design, uniform design and changes to their facilities.