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During its July 13 School Board Meeting, Lake Washington School District Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, removed “Rebels” as the Juanita High School mascot. Dr. Matt Livingston, Director of Secondary Education and Juanita High School Principal, Kelly Clapp, will now begin the process outlined in Policy 6970 to select a new mascot.

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    Procedure Naming Facilities and Mascots 

    File: 6970P

    The following procedures are to be followed in naming schools and selecting school mascots:

    1. Principal meets with prospective or current students of the school to explain criteria and procedure.
    2. Students nominate school names and mascots that meet specific guidelines.
    3. Committee of parents, staff, and students (if secondary) pare list down to 6-8 names that meet approved guidelines. If proposed name for school is that of a person, approval from the person's family/estate is sought.
    4. Names/mascots are presented to the Superintendent for evaluation and review. 
    5. A ballot is developed based on the names/mascots approved by the Superintendent; each student shall receive one ballot. Ballots must be submitted by a specified due date in order to count.
    6. The naming committee counts ballots and determines winning name/mascot. If winning name is that of a person, the person's family/estate is contacted. The district must obtain written confirmation of permission to use a person's name.
    7. Name is presented to the Superintendent for approval.

    Adopted:
    09/01/19

    Revised:
    07/13/20