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Onteora battles over mascot change

Onteora battles over mascot change

What was intended to be an Onteora District Board Of Education reorganization meeting for the new fiscal School year, turned into a shouting free-for-all over the removal of the Indian Mascot. At the July 5 meeting at the Middle/High School cafeteria, following annual appointments, and assignments, including appointing Bobbi Schnell as Board President, and Kevin...
Indian mascot supporters, opposition clash at Onteora

Indian mascot supporters, opposition clash at Onteora

Despite calls for calm and respect from Onteora Central School District board of education president Bobbi Schnell, a tense, hostile mood settled over the June 21 meeting as supporters and debunkers of the recent 5-2 board approval to remove the Onteora Indian mascot and replace it with an eagle clashed verbally. Approximately 40 people came...
Onteora prepares for a new symbol

Onteora prepares for a new symbol

The Onteora Central School District issued a press release on June 11 officially announcing the Eagle as the new Middle/High school mascot, replacing the Indian Mascot. Additionally, because funding is under scrutiny from taxpayers, a statement from School Board President Bobbi Schnell, noted that out of 44 sports teams at the Boiceville site, only four...
Onteora mentees display the fruits of the labor

Onteora mentees display the fruits of the labor

Graphic Design, architecture, veterinary medicine, monster props, historical costumes, photography, and music, exemplifies just a small batch of what the Onteora Central School District Mentor Program offers. As parents, mentors and students gathered together in the Middle/High School auditorium on June 2, Director Kay Lustberg-Goldbeck explained what the program is about. “It’s a combination of...
Onteora Board votes to change the mascot

Onteora Board votes to change the mascot

The Onteora District Board of Education voted, by 5-2, to change the Middle/High school mascot name from Indians to Onteora Eagles. This did not go without a night of debate. However, the June 7 Board of Education meeting at Bennett Intermediate School, there were very few residents in attendance. Trustees Dale Allison and Valerie Storey...