Questions of cost, timetable arise after HISD mascot policy change

By Khambrel Marshall - Meteorologist, 'Newsmakers' Host

HOUSTON - At HISD's board meeting Thursday night the decision was made that four HISD schools will have to change the names of their mascots because they are deemed offensive.

The Lamar High School Redskins, the Westbury High School Rebels, the Welch Middle School Warriors and the Hamilton Middle School Indians are the schools being asked to change their mascot names.

The question today was about how the processes will the place, what kind of timetable is in place to make those changes and how much all of this will cost?

The answers to those questions are still unclear but on Friday, the board released a statement about how the process is expected to begin.

It reads, "Following Thursday's board approval of the mascot policy change, our campus and district leaders are working together to develop guidelines, recommendations, and timelines to assist schools as they respectfully retire their mascot and transition to a new one during the 2014-2015 school year.

Schools will be working with their student body and community members during the mascot selection process. Each school will have unique needs in terms of retiring the existing mascot – we will be assessing the physical changes that may be required at each campus, while keeping communities informed every step of the way.

The district is assembling a team including representatives from the administration, athletics, finance, and communications, to work with the individual campuses."

HISD spokesperson, Denisse Cantu, says that because all of this is in the early stages, there is no timetable about when the changes will be made except that it should happen during the 2014-2015 school year and that so far no cost estimates are available.

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