More critters in the mix as mascot for new Hernando school
BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando School Board threw back the barracuda today.
The board last month had selected the toothy fish as the mascot for the yet-to-be-named high school on U.S. 19 north of Weeki Wachee set to open next fall. But at a workshop this afternoon, board member Sandra Nicholson said she was having second thoughts.
“I just don’t like it,” Nicholson said. A board with some mock-ups for ideas for the school logo stood nearby.
The board has already selected green as the school’s dominant color as a nod to the building’s environmentally friendly features.
Board member Pat Fagan suggested the Green Hornets. Board member John Sweeney offered Lions, Mustangs and Cougars.
The board asked facilities director Bo Bavota to come back with mock-ups from those four suggestions.
Bavota said he was getting pressure from the contractor to pick a mascot so it could be incorporated into the school's design features such as the gymnasium floor.
The board also agreed to a timeline that would have the new school’s principal hired by November and on the job by January. Staff members also asked each board member to pick a representative for a naming committee with the goal to have the school’s moniker selected by the end of the year.
The mascot should be considered in that process, said Dave Schoelles, the district’s curriculum supervisor, who is overseeing the naming process.
“Sometimes your name and mascot depend on one another in terms of the way they sound and the way they flow together,” Schoelles said.
Tony Marreo, Times Staff Writer