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San Jon AD wants standard Coyotes logo

SAN JON — San Jon Municipal Schools’ athletic director told the school board during its regular meeting Wednesday he wants a standardized Coyotes logo for its sports teams.

Bobby Kandel, who also is the volleyball coach, said he recently sorted through the school’s sports jerseys and found 10 different Coyotes designs for them.

None “stand out as San Jon,” he said.

Kandel said he wants to pursue a “distinctive” and standardized logo for San Jon’s teams, noting Dora and Tatum also use Coyotes as their mascot. Roy/Mosquero also uses Coyotes for its boys teams.

Kandel said with the district about to pursue building a new school, it seemed like “a good opportunity” to adopt a new logo that not only could be used on uniforms, but also on district letterhead and for marketing opportunities.

“It helps with pride, and it helps our culture,” he told the board.

Board President Frank Gibson asked Kandel to bring logo options to a future school board meeting for consideration.

In other board business:

— With little discussion, the board approved a third and final reading on a New Mexico School Boards Association policy advisory regarding nondiscrimination related to reproductive or gender-affirming health care and Human Rights Act protection for gender or gender identity.

Superintendent Alan Umholtz recommended approving the advisories.

“If you don’t approve, the state will make you do it,” he said.

The Tucumcari Public Schools board last month tabled action last month on a final reading of the advisories after hearing opposition from seven residents.

— Principal Sharla Rusk detailed the latest intervention data on San Jon elementary students.

She said pupils saw an 8% increase in reading proficiency from October to November. In math, Rusk said elementary students were improving closer to their respective grade levels.

The district implemented the program to counteract learning loss seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Umholtz said the district’s annual student-assisted production from the Missoula Children’s Theatre would be at 6 p.m. Friday, with a soup supper starting at 4 p.m.