SKOWHEGAN – The fiery debate over the Skowhegan Area High School’s mascot continued at Thursday night’s board of school directors meeting.
“I’m very disappointed,” Cecil Gray, a resident of Skowhegan, said. “The board seems pretty stonewalled to getting rid of this mascot.”
An item on the agenda for Thursday night’s school directors’ meeting listed discussion about the Skowhegan Area High School’s Indian mascot.
“I used to go to a school that had a Native American mascot and I believe that no culture should ever be used as a mascot,” said Michelle Bernard, who is part Native American said.
Not only do some people find the mascot to be inappropriate and offensive, they’re concerned about what this disagreement will cost the school.
“They’ve already spent almost $20,000 on this out of the budget,” Gray added. “If they get a lawsuit, $15,000 deducted for each one of those. One of those will probably come up.”
Some people at the meeting mentioned dropping the subject entirely, but others who want the mascot replaced disagree.
However, both sides agreed the board of school directors is taking too much time to make a decision.
“You heard them tonight. They say we can’t even get our budget done because of this. It’s ridiculous.”
The board of directors voted to discuss this issue without public comment next Thursday night at 7 p.m.