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Lancaster alters plans for students’ mascot vote

There has been a change in plans for Lancaster students voting on a new mascot.

The high school students will vote next Wednesday, not Tuesday as originally planned, because of a conflict with state Regents examinations.

All other students will vote as scheduled on Tuesday.

“It was a miscommunication,” said Patricia M. Burgio, the district’s director of communications.

The much-anticipated vote is expected to draw about 4,500 students to pick from a field of seven finalist logos – the Alphas, Dragons, Jaguars, Knights, Legends, Lancaster Pride or Red Hawks.

“There was a long holiday weekend ... A school district needs to be run, in addition to this mascot communication process,” Burgio said in explaining the miscommunication that occurred Tuesday between the high school and district office.

Students at the middle school, William Street School and third-grade representatives from Lancaster’s four elementary schools will vote Tuesday and fill the ballots out by hand. Those ballots will be brought to the high school that same day and held in a safe controlled only by the student union leaders.

High school students will vote the next day, on Wednesday, between 7 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

All ballots then will be tabulated electronically Wednesday with ballot-scanning machines provided by the Erie County Board of Elections. Six machines were delivered to the high school this week.

The student voting results on a new mascot to replace the retired Redskins moniker will be announced after school on Wednesday in the high school cafeteria.

The School Board voted unanimously in March to retire the Redskins mascot.

The board plans to vote June 8 on the recommended new mascot.

Professional renderings of the seven final logos will be posted Monday on the district’s web site,