A message regarding NYSED’s mascot ruling

As dictated by the Board of Regents of the New York State Education Department, the Weedsport Central School District will officially be retiring its Native American mascot and related imagery as well as the “Warriors” nickname, in alignment with newly approved educational regulations.

While the high probability of such occurring has been evident over the past few months since the introduction of the regulations, school officials have taken a “wait-and-see” approach until a final determination had been made. Given the determination issued on April 18, 2023, the District will take the next steps towards complying with the new regulations.

“We will not hurry into any change process while being mindful of any deadlines established by the regulations. Now that the reality of the situation has set in, we will digest the broad strokes decision and seek to understand and apply any additional information and clarification from the NYS Education Department as the conversion is initiated,” said Superintendent of Schools Shaun A. O’Connor.

The District understands the deep emotional connection many alumni and current students have to the “Warriors” name and mascot. As we move forward with this process, we will be having thoughtful conversations with school community stakeholders (students, parents, alumni, faculty/staff, and residents), and be respectful to all opinions, ideas, and feelings.

As O’Connor explained, “We hope that we can use this opportunity to come together and move forward with a nickname and mascot that unites us and highlights our tight-knit community.”