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Canandaigua forms committee to solicit public opinion on ‘Braves’ change as state deadline looms

A committee has been formed to explore the issue of naming within the Canandaigua School District.

Twenty people will hear input from the community, stakeholders, and other sources to determine how the district should move forward.

Canandaigua forms committee to solicit public opinion on ‘Braves’ change as state deadline looms

The state has said that school districts must remove names related to Native American groups.

Canandaigua’s nickname has been the ‘Braves’ throughout its history.

Superintendent Jamie Farr said in a message to the community that he’s heard from state education officials, who said all names, logos, and mascots related to Native Americans must be changed.


Officials say a written agreement between a tribal group and district would be required to retain names that involve Native groups. Those agreements would need to be recognized by the state.

The state says the change is necessary by 2025.



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