Policy ensures change will require majority vote
There is no movement afoot to drop the Warrior nickname or American Indian mascot at Ozaukee High School, but the Northern Ozaukee School Board took action on a policy last week that ensures any such move will be done in public.
The board’s Policy Committee recommended the policy under the heading “District Branding, Colors and Mascots.”
Under the policy, any requests for changing such identifiers must be presented to the district superintendent and board.
When the proposed policy was introduced to the board in August, board member Tom Hoffmann asked that changes require a supermajority vote of the board.
Hoffmann reminded board members the debate over the Ozaukee High mascot in the mid-1990s was hotly contested.
In a follow-up letter to Ozaukee Press, he urged the board to remember the importance of the issue to the community.
“Wouldn’t it be wise to make it mandatory for all the board members to weigh in and vote on the issue and at least require a true five or six member approval for a change to happen?” Hoffmann asked in his letter.
The policy crafted by the committee, and unanimously approved by the board, states that changes in the school mascot and nickname require support of “a majority of the full membership” of the board.
The policy was adopted without any further discussion by the board.