Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/10/2023 - 6:00 PM
Category: Reports/Information
Type: Info
Subject: 12.1 Review and Presentation of Concord High School Proposed Mascot Change
LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) Goal:
Goal 1:
All students will receive a high quality education in a safe and welcoming environment with equitable and high expectations, access to technology, and instruction in the California State Standards that prepare them for college and career.
Enclosure Presentation Concord High School New Mascot 2023
File Attachment:
CHS Board Mascot Presentation (1).pdf
Summary: The State of California, as codified in Education Code Section 221.2 (The California Racial Mascots Act) finds and declares the following: “The use of racially derogatory or discriminatory school or athletic team names, mascots, or nicknames in California public schools is antithetical to the California school mission of providing an equal education to all… Many individuals and organizations interested and experienced in human relations, including the United States Commission on Civil Rights, have concluded that the use of Native American images and names in school sports is a barrier to equality and understanding, and that all residents of the United States would benefit from the discontinuance of their use. No individual or school has a cognizable interest in retaining a racially derogatory or discriminatory school or athletic team name, mascot, or nickname.” Concord High School, through the New Mascot Student Committee, is requesting the review and approval of a mascot change at Concord High School. The Student Body has conducted multiple petitions, town hall meetings, as well as conducted multiple rounds of student discussions and voting over several months, involving all stakeholders of the Concord High School community including students, alumni and staff. As a result of the discussions and multiple rounds of student voting, the Concord High School community has selected the mascot name "The Bears" to replace the name “Minutemen.”
Fiscal Impact TBD
Recommendation: For Information only.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Laura Juranek - Senior Administrative Assistant
Signed By:
Samantha Allen - Director of Secondary Schools
Signed By:
Jennifer Sachs - Chief, Educational Services
Signed By:
Cesar Alvarado - General Counsel
Signed By:
Dr. Adam Clark - Superintendent