Shrewsbury mascot study to be delayed while district works on budget issues  

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By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter

Shrewsbury High School’s current logo the Colonial.

Shrewsbury – A review of Shrewsbury High School’s mascot, the Colonial, will take place, officials said at the Feb. 24 school committee meeting. But that will be done after other urgent matters, such as the district’s budget woes and pandemic related issues, are addressed.

An ad hoc committee was convened earlier this year to review and recommend if the SHS should keep or drop “The Colonial” as their mascot. The school committee received a petition from SHS junior Louisa Scott asking that the name be dropped. (www.communityadvocate.com/2020/11/06/shrewsbury-high-school-student-petitions-for-school-mascot-name-change)

A counter petition was then submitted to the school committee from residents Peter and Ani Manolakos, who are opposed to changing the mascot. (www.communityadvocate.com/2020/11/20/shrewsbury-school-committee-receives-counter-petition-on-school-mascot-change)

The original timeline was to have a recommendation for the School Committee by March 21.

Because of the scope of work that they group needs to do, School Supt. Dr. Joseph Sawyer said that more time was needed although he didn’t know exactly how much more and would have a better idea after he reaches out to the group.

“It’s important work but we do have other urgent work that needs to take priority now relative to the variety issues we are facing with the pandemic and the budget,” he noted.