Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 4/13/2022 - 6:00 PM
Category: Recognitions and Resolutions
Type: Action
Subject: 10.3 Review and Potential Approval of Resolution 21/22 (63), Adopting Recommendation by Ygnacio Valley High School Students to Retire the “Warrior” Mascot and Native American Imagery and Adopt the Mascot “Wolves” as Elected by the Students.
LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) Goal:
Goal 2: High quality, culturally proficient, and responsive staff will provide engaging instruction respectful of all students' backgrounds to ensure they are college and/or career ready.
Policy:
Enclosure
File Attachment:
MDUSD Resolution 21_22-63 Wolves.pdf
Ygnacio Valley Student Presentation New Mascot Wolves.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.”

Ygnacio Valley High School, through the Students for Social Justice Committee, is requesting approval of a mascot change at Ygnacio Valley 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 Ygnacio Valley community including students, alumni and staff. As a result of the discussions and multiple rounds of student voting, the Ygnacio Valley community has selected the mascot name Wolves to replace the name “Warriors;" the procedure, scope and results of which were presented to the Board on March 23, 2022.
Funding: District funding, site funding, community fundraising and potential grants offered by interested organizations.
Fiscal Impact TBD; costs of rebranding logos at school facilities and athletic uniforms, estimated to cost upwards of $70,000.
Recommendation: Move to adopt Resolution 21 22 (63) Recommendation by Ygnacio Valley High School Students to Retire the “Warrior” Mascot and Native American Imagery and Adopt the Mascot “Wolves” as Elected by the Students.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Cesar Alvarado - General Counsel
Signed By:
Jennifer Sachs - Chief, Educational Services
Signed By:
Samantha Allen - Director of Secondary Schools
Signed By:
Dr. Adam Clark - Superintendent
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Debra Mason Moved, Member Keisha Nzewi seconded to approve the Original motion 'Move to adopt Resolution 21 22 (63) Recommendation by Ygnacio Valley High School Students to Retire the “Warrior” Mascot and Native American Imagery and Adopt the Mascot “Wolves” as Elected by the Students.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 5 Nay: 0.
The motion CARRIED 5 - 0
   
Linda Mayo     Yes
Debra Mason     Yes
Cherise Khaund     Yes
Keisha Nzewi     Yes
Erin McFerrin     Yes