The South Burlington School Board voted to retire the “Rebel” name Wednesday night, in a meeting at Rick Marcotte Central School.
It will take effect in August.
A Local 22 & Local 44 photographer heard cheers from the crowd as the decision came in.
In a news release, the school board says the process for retiring the identifier and choosing a new mascot will appear on a future agenda.
The following was included in a news release from Superintendent David Young:
Noting that “this is the best decision – the right decision – for our schools,” Young referenced the factors that informed his recommendation. Those included the many stories from students, staff, families, and community he had listened to over the past year; additional training his staff had received on implicit bias; changing local, national, and world events; and the fact that the “current Rebel identifier is interfering with all students’ ability to feel safe and included in our schools.”
Acknowledging that “some students who have traveled through our system have recognized themselves as ‘Rebels’” and that “it is a part of our school district’s history and therefore should not be ignored or erased,” Young named as one of his recommended next steps “a thoughtful way to retire the Rebel identifier.”