CAL, H-D boards choose school name for whole grade sharing

The Hampton-Dumont and CAL Boards of Education on Wednesday chose the name by which the districts would be identified under the upcoming whole grade sharing agreement.

The boards mutually decided that, in terms of athletics and other extracurricular activities, the school will be referred to as Hampton-Dumont-CAL, with the mascot remaining the Bulldogs. This moniker would be used for sports broadcasts, programs and other materials and be recognized by the Iowa High School Athletic Association. H-D’s color scheme would be used.

The boards agreed to keep the mascot and school colors used by H-D to conserve costs. Superintendent Todd Lettow said rebranding the gymnasium, uniforms and buses to reflect a new mascot and/or colors would cost more than $200,000 according to estimates he received.

“The thing that I go back to, the reason we’re doing this, is financially-based for the most part,” he said.

Lettow added that should athletic teams get new uniforms down the road, they could be rebranded to include CAL.

Board members agreed that the use of the funds necessary to change colors and uniforms would be better spent on the students and educational needs.

Read the full story in the January 10 edition.