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Committee to Consider Use of Redskins Logo, Mascot

On August 10, the Board of Education approved a list of names to serve on the new committee being asked to review the use of the Redskins logo and mascot.

“This list of proposed committee members represents a cross section of our district,” Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler said. “It includes student leaders, teachers, support personnel, administrators, parents, our Native American committee members, alumni and representatives from each of your board districts.”

Chief Communications Officer Chris Payne will serve as chairman of the committee. The committee will meet each month.

The expectation is that the committee will bring to the Board a recommendation concerning the use of the mascot by the December 14 board meeting.

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Committee Position    Appointed by      Member

School Administrator

Superintendent

Chris Payne (Chair of Committee)

School Administrator

Superintendent

Charlie Bushyhead

Fine Arts Staff Member

Superintendent

Danny Cole

Athletics Staff Member

Superintendent

Rudy Garcia

Patron

PTA Council

Leigh Roy

Patron

PTA Council

MacKensie Mathison

Patron

PTA Council

Alisha Carbaugh

Patron

PTA Council

Jamie Rogers

Elementary Teacher

UCTA

Kristie Blakley

Elementary Teacher

UCTA

Shelby Benson

Secondary Teacher

UCTA

Brian Berg

Secondary Teacher

UCTA

Becky Austin

Support Personnel

USPA

Angela D Davis

Support Personnel

USPA

Sarah Jeppesen

Indian Ed Parent

Indian Ed Comm Board  

Chad Best

Indian Ed Parent

Indian Ed Comm Board  

Michelle Taylor

Indian Ed HS Student

Indian Ed Comm Board  

Grant Greever

Indian Ed HS Student

Indian Ed Comm Board  

Brayden Best

Zone 1 Patron

Jeff Bennett

Margaret Hicks

Zone 2 Patron

Lisa Ford

Derek Rader

Zone 3 Patron

Heather McAdams

Brian Jennings

Zone 4 Patron

Stacey Roemerman

Terri Rector

Zone 5 Patron

Ken Kinnear

Brittany Young

Freshman Class Pres (Interim)

 

Haley Matson

Sophomore Class Pres

 

Grayson Tempest

Junior Class Pres

 

Darcy Lybarger

Senior Class Pres

 

Braxton Tempest

Alum

USEF

Byron Bighorse

Alum

USEF

Britany Hill

Alum

USEF

Peyton Morrison

Alum

USEF

Joey Reyes

 

 

 

Non-Voting Members

Board Member

BOE

Stacey Roemerman

Board Member

BOE

Ken Kinnear

Creek Tribal Member

Principal Chief

Second Chief Del Beaver

Cherokee Tribal Member

Principal Chief

Corey Bunch, Exe c. Dir. of Education

Union Seeks Feedback from Students, Alumni & Families Regarding the Redskins Mascot

Union Public Schools is actively seeking input from students, alumni, families and patrons living in the district as a special committee appointed by the Board of Education evaluates whether to keep the district’s “Redskins” mascot. On July 13, the Board approved Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler’s recommendation to appoint a 35-person committee to study the issue. 

 “So far, we have had two meetings via Zoom, and the discussion has been candid and very spirited, with people on both sides of the issue,” said Chris Payne, chairman of the committee and Chief Communications Officer for the district. “While all groups have representation on the committee, we wanted to provide a couple of ways for those who feel passionately about the mascot issue to provide feedback. We’ve created an email address at [email protected] where people can share their thoughts and opinions directly with the committee. We are also going to provide a website where videos or personal testimonials can be uploaded and safely shared without the need to meet in person. All videos will be viewed by the committee prior to making a final recommendation to the Board of Education.”

To share a video with the committee, please request a link to the secure website by emailing [email protected]. Videos should be limited to no more than 3 minutes in length. All video submissions should have a 5-second title screen that includes the person’s name, phone number, email address and their connection to Union Public Schools (or this information may be stated verbally at the beginning of the video). Video submissions will be collected through Friday, November 6.  The district reserves the right to use the names, images, quotes or testimonials shared in these videos on Union’s website at www.unionps.org or at public Board Meetings when discussing the mascot issue. 

“We have been having conversations internally for quite some time about the possibility of making a change,” said Superintendent Hartzler. “Many, both inside and outside our community, have had conflicting emotions over the years regarding Union’s mascot, and we strongly believe that now is the time to take up this issue once again.”

The committee is expected to make a final recommendation to the School Board no later than December 14. The group represents a cross-section of the district and includes student leaders, teachers, support personnel, administrators, parents, Native American committee members, alumni and representatives from each board district. For a complete listing of committee representatives, visit www.unionps.org/mascot

The Board last considered the mascot issue 17 years ago during the 2002-03 school year. At that time, the Board made the decision to retain the Union Redskins name. “However, it is important that we reconsider this name to see if it aligns with the district’s core values that we have today,” said Hartzler.

Union Public Schools has had the Redskins mascot since 1945. Previously, Union has been both the Hornets and the Cornhuskers.

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