BLOSSBURG - Two Liberty High School students who are part of a student committee appointed to give input to the board on "re-branding" school colors and mascots for a consolidated Liberty and North Penn High School, to be a reality in the fall, addressed the Southern Tioga School Board during its work session Tuesday.
Ryan Wetmire repeated what he had heard Tuesday morning, the first day school was back in session following the Easter holiday break, that "there is a chance rebranding could come to a halt."
Students have been discussing which colors and mascot they would choose and according to school transition facilitator Will Schlosser, have voted overwhelmingly for one choice, though that choice was not revealed during Tuesday's meeting.
But because of the rumor that the rebranding might not happen, and North Penn might remain the Panthers, with the colors remaining blue and white, Tyler Zeafla, also a member of the student committee, said the atmosphere at Liberty High School Tuesday morning, "was like somebody died because people heard this stuff."
The students were referring what they had heard took place during a long range planning committee meeting Thursday when one of the board members said there should be no final rebranding until a final consolidation of all three district schools - including Mansfield High School is complete, in "two to three years."
"The teachers and students agree we want something new. We don't want something that resembles either school. That way there is no confrontation between the schools. You'd have a whole new school pride, not that division," Zeafla said.
Zeafla added that there are "kids that are talking about cyberschooling if we don't have a whole new school."
Board President Ivan Erway said that no decision had been made yet on the re-branding, and encouraged Wetmire and the rest of the committee to continue to "give back to the board the feelings of the student body."
"Your statements concerning rebranding will be considered. No formal discussion was held. We are looking for the student input. If you tell us you want rebranding we will listen to you. It is not an effort being wasted," Erway said.
The board meets again at 6:30 p.m. Monday for its regular monthly meeting at Mansfield High School's library.