MARION, Iowa (KWWL)- The Marion Independent School Board and community members got their first look at what could be the school's new logo and mascot Monday night.
Last month, the school board approved changing the mascot/nickname to the Wolves.
The district has been searching for a new nickname and mascot since the fall when it decided to drop its previous Indians nickname.
The school board did not approve a new design Monday evening, voting unanimously to purchase the draft and change it. School board members were presented with a packet of different designs, showcasing the school's red and gold color scheme in different ways.
"What would we purchased Monday night is the very first one on the front page," School Board member Shari Funck said. "We can set it into different options as we choose to as a district."
Marion High School activities director Mike Manderscheid, who led the committee to find a new logo and mascot, said the new logo would probably be similar to the draft, but the district has some legal aspects of working out.
"We probably looked at maybe a dozen other versions and the committee just felt it was not right, but given this one, they all felt good about it," Manderscheid said. "The committee was very, very open and very honest and saying, we want our kids to really embrace this, and like it and think it's absolutely cool."
So far, he said reaction to the new logo and mascot from students has been positive.
"We have some coaches and directors that are getting very anxious to get our logo on helmet stickers, uniforms and stuff like that," he said. "We have quite a few anxious people ready to get going on our logo."
In February, the school board approved changing the name to the "Mavericks." The decision to adopt Mavericks was overturned because the district learned the term's origin is from Samuel A. Maverick, an early 1800s Texas rancher and slave owner.
"It has very much been a learning process, but it's been a very good process," Manderscheid said. "Every time we had a committee member or committee meeting, it was always excitement building as to you know, are we there yet. I think now that we are there, I think the excitement has grown even that much more."
The new logo will keep the same color scheme. Several school board members expressed concerns that the draft logo did not look fierce enough.
"It is tough to use red and gold to make a wolf look like something that wants to scare you out of their territory. Red and gold are not the best colors for working with a wolf," Funck said. "There is not a lot of gold on that original just in the eyes. There are other ways that we can pull our school colors out and use it in various ways in other designs."
Once a new logo is approved, it will be plastered all over helmets, walls, floors, and signs. Manderscheid said it was important to the committee to find a logo the looks good in all the different ways it would be used.
"The tricky part is how to navigate all of that stuff because it's going to be in so many places," he said. "It's gonna be big and small."
Hills Bank has offered to donate t-shirts to the school with the new logo once it is approved. The school board is expected to make a final decision on the new logo in the coming weeks.