LANCASTER, NY- The Lancaster Board of Education will receive a 2015 Award of Excellence from the Western New York Educational Service Council for their decision to change the mascot for Lancaster High School.
Earlier this month, the board voted to no longer use the nickname "Redskins" for the high school. Opponents of the nickname said it was insulting towards Native Americans, and three school districts planed to boycott upcoming lacrosse games against Lancaster.
The WNYESC Award of Excellence is traditionally given out to individuals, but the organization believed it was important to recognize the entire board.
"The committee has decided to honor the entire Lancaster Board of Education for the courage and wisdom it displayed in determining that the current mascot was harmful to the Native American population. At a time in our society when few organizations actually stand up for what is right, the Lancaster Board of Education stood out in its resolve," Robert W. Christmann, WNYESC executive director said in a letter to the Lancaster School District.
The board has not announced a replacement nickname, but says superintendent Dr. Michael Vallely will work with students to create a new one.