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Statement on status of Indians nickname and logo

June 27, 2022

On June 21, the district received the New York State Supreme Court, Albany County’s decision rejecting the appeal to maintain its “Indians” nickname and imagery.

While the Board of Education has not determined how it will proceed on this legal matter, the district has begun the process to remove or cover the “Indians” nickname or imagery on our campus. The Commissioner of Education’s prior ruling, and the Court’s decision, bind the district to a July 1, 2022 removal deadline. The district is legally obligated to comply with that direction at this time and has no choice in the matter.

While we understand that many are upset with the decision, we cannot risk the ramifications this could have on our students if we do not act. The Board of Education is reviewing its options and will discuss this further at the July 7 Board meeting.