A new middle school in west Fayetteville needs a mascot, and officials are asking the public for help with some suggestions.
The new school, named in honor of Superintendent John L Colbert, is currently under construction on Rupple Road, about a quarter of a mile north of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The $33 million project includes a 100,000-square-foot, two-story building for fifth and sixth graders, and is scheduled to open in August 2023.
Choosing a mascot is necessary now, officials said, in order to embed the imagery into the construction of the new school.
The district will take suggestions for one week before a subcommittee reviews the names and narrows the list to 3-5 options. After that, a school-based vote from Oct. 3-7 will determine the new mascot. A decision is expected to be announced later in October.
Mascot suggestions should not use human imagery or symbols associated with culture, nationality, race, or ethnicity, according to the district. School colors will be black and gold.
Mascots already in use across the district include Asbell Roadrunners, Butterfield Broncos, FHS Bulldogs, Happy Hollow Hawks, Holcomb Hornets, Holt Huskies, Leverett Lions, McNair Mustangs, Owl Creek Owls, Ramay Red Wolves, Root Rockets, Vandergriff Grizzlies, Washington Wildcats and Woodland Colts.