Mahopac creates committee to find new nickname for school

Sports teams in Mahopac won’t be nicknamed the Indians much longer.
Mahopac Central School Board held a meeting last night to devise a plan for changing the name.
The move comes after the State Education Department directed schools with Native American mascots to retire them by the end of the school year, or risk losing state funding.
Mahopac School Superintendent Christine Tona, says a committee to come up a new name will consist of alumni, students from the middle and high schools, athletes, school staff and faculty.
A presentation will be made to the Board of Education, and then, a choice between two names will be made.
Last November, the New York state Department of Education sent a letter to all New York schools ordering them to remove all Native American team names, mascots, or logos by the end of this school year. Those districts that refuse to comply could face an array of penalties, including the withholding of state aid and removal of school officers. The mandate also states that if schools want to keep their mascots, they must have expressed approval from a recognized Native American tribe.