As Mapleton School District’s bond renovations near completion, December will see the resurfacing of the high school gym floor — and with it, the opportunity to update the face of its long-standing logo and mascot, "Salty the Sailor."
In deciding on a new design, the Mapleton School Board is soliciting input from students and the community, keeping in theme with their name.
“We’ll always be the Sailors,” said Mapleton School District Superintendent Jodi O’Mara. “The board is looking at what the students and community want as a logo to represent their school.”
Among guidelines for designs, the school board is requesting “all submissions exhibit equity to all potential team participants,” and that they include a description of how the design incorporates that equality.
Entries are to fit into one of four categories: a mascot, a letter, a symbol or any combination of the three.
Both drawings and descriptive submissions can be accepted electronically through the school’s website or in paper form at the high school office, or by being handed directly to a school board member.
To democratize the process, board members opted to include students in the decision-making. Once submissions are collected, the student body will vote for their favorites and the top two from each category (a total of eight) will be passed on to the school board for final selection.
The new logo will be displayed on the new high school gym floor and the school district website.
The school board’s emphasis on equality echoes a move in February by South Eugene High School to change its athletic team’s name from “Axemen” to “Axe” in a bid to broaden gender inclusivity — an action which initiated a swell of community commentary for and against the transition.
Mapleton’s vote for a new logo may not necessarily see the end of the nearly 70-year-old mascot, however.
“It’s just an opportunity to re-evaluate if we still want Salty to represent our Mapleton schools,” said O’Mara. “And maybe we do, but that’s a decision that the board will end up making.”
Submissions are due Thursday, Oct. 4, and final designs will be presented to the Mapleton School Board at their Oct. 10 meeting.
Online entries can be submitted under the “Gym Floor” tab at www.mapleton.k12.or.us.