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W-B Area Seeks Input On New Mascot, Colors

September 19, 2018

Next school year marks the beginning of a new era in Wilkes-Barre Area School District sports.

No more Crusaders. No more Mohawks. No more Grenadiers.

The three high schools — Coughlin, Meyers and GAR — will have unified sports teams, new colors and a new mascot.

Superintendent Brian Costello decided to get some input on the new colors and mascot, so the school district is conducting a survey of students and employees.

Around 2,000 responses have come in so far, and the submission deadline is Friday, Costello said. Decisions on the mascot and colors could come next month, and students may help design new logos for the sports teams, Costello said.

The district plans to merge the three high schools into a new consolidated high school in Plains Twp. after the new school is built, perhaps in 2022.

But the school board in June decided to merge to sports teams at the high schools starting in 2019-20 due to declining student participation.

The district plans to close on a deal to buy an 80-acre site for the new high school in October after the township planning commission approves a subdivision plan. The land purchase from Pagnotti Enterprises will cost $4.25 million, and the construction cost is expected to exceed $100 million.

The final football game between GAR and Meyers on Oct. 27 is being billed as “The Backyard Brawl to End It All.” Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium. Advance tickets will go on sale to the public at both schools beginning Oct. 1 and concluding Oct. 12.

Contact the writer:

mbuffer@citizensvoice.com,

570-821-2073, @cvmikebuffer

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