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Red, white and black: New school Phoenix gets its colors

SoVaNow.com / August 21, 2019
The Phoenix has gained its hues: red, black and white, the colors chosen for the new mascot of the new Mecklenburg County high and middle school.

On Monday night by a vote of 3-2, with four absences, trustees approved the school colors for the new high/middle school complex, which is set to open in the 2022 school year once construction wraps up at the U.S. 58-Wooden Bridge Road campus.

Previously the board approved the naming of the Mecklenburg County high and middle schools, and the mascot, the mythical Phoenix.

Trustees Dora Garner and Brent Richey voted against the proposed school colors, with Garner arguing that red should be eliminated because of its identification with gang colors. For his part, Richey said he felt the process was being rushed.

Richey said he would have preferred to hold off the vote until the School Board met in September, thus giving the public a chance to weigh in on the proposed color scheme.

Superintendent of Schools Paul Nichols, however, said that school division’s marketing consultants had suggested the board not create a new survey. The choice of Phoenix to become school mascot — replacing Barons, Dragons, Trojans and Cougars, the reigning Bluestone and Park View mascots — came after the public was invited to weigh in with their suggestions on multiple surveys.

School Board vice chairman Gavin Honeycutt and trustees Wanda Bailey and Rob Campbell voted in favor of the red, black and white color scheme. Honeycutt said the architects and marketing consultant hired to design the school logo and mascot had expressed an urgency about the need to make a decision, so they could move forward with design work related to the school construction project.

Honeycutt also explained the proposed hue of red is more orange-red, like fire, and not the blood red that is often displayed by members of the Bloods street gang.

Trustees Glenn Edwards, Kenny Johnson, Lindell Palmer and chairman Dale Sturdifen were absent.



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Mecklenburg County Schools is a failed system, someone should bulldoze the area and leave it. It will never be a successful school system.

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Theinformer, I can't agree with you. My child thrives and has had wonderful teachers. I taught in the county for a decade (and am a graduate of MCPS) and worked with wonderful, dedicated educators every day. I taught bright, capable students who excelled. I attended CES, BMS, and BHS. I went on to earn two Bachelor's and a Master's, and I credit part of those accomplishments to the foundation I received in MCPS. I can't understand your comment about bulldozing the whole system in Mecklenburg.... how disrespectful to the hardworking teachers and young people of our hometowns. Negativity will never yield a fruitful crop, but kindness and support will. Please volunteer in our schools. Come out to sporting events and cheer us on. Participate in special projects on our campuses. You will see firsthand how amazing MCPS really is. No disrespect has been meant in my rebuttal; please post with a name and not an avatar so perhaps an honest discourse could happen.

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Ms. Beck, the problem is not the school division. the problem is the school board and superintendent. they are terrible

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Ma'am, I never intend for any negativity to bear fruit. I am only informing. Have you ever been to another area and seen some of the other systems and how they outperform students in that area eleven times over? What you call thriving, I call reluctance to see the truth. I know about the area, more than you could understand. It's a failed area. It looks like a bomb went off there and a few of the people left have survived, BARELY! The school system is great eh? Did you know about students going on the roof of the buildings to use tobacco products, do drugs? Or students doing other unspeakable things when teachers weren't watching? The whole place will be forgotten. It's a tragedy that has already happened. Best of luck there. It's a --crap mine.


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