People will be asked again next week about their choice of name and school mascot for Minot’s new high school after two school board members were judged as the best name choice Minot North High School “jaded” or “a kind of vanilla.”
Some 51.5% of the nearly 4,000 people who voted in the last poll chose Minot North High School as their first name choice. North Star High School was in second place with 34% of the vote and Great Northern High School in third place with 14.4% of the vote.
About 67.6% of voters liked Falcons as the mascot for the new school to be built in northwest Minot on the site of the former Cognizant property. Another 32.4% of voters liked Missiles.
Board member Miranda Schuler suggested that people be polled again and asked to choose between the Falcons or two new suggestions, the Sentinels or the Jets. Several people suggested the Sentinels or the Jets because of their association with Minot Air Force Base, Schuler said. The Falcons are also the mascot of Memorial Middle School. Board member Mike Gessner, a retired teacher, noted that he has fond memories of his time as a beginning teacher at Memorial.
Schuler said the missiles should be taken off the table. Some people have expressed concern that the name might be fodder for teasing or worry because it is the name of a weapon.
Schuler and board chairman Jim Rostad said Minot North High School appears to lack originality for the first new high school in 120 years.
“I think it’s a bit jaded” Schuler said. “(But) if that’s what the majority of people want, that’s what I want to give them.”
Rostad said that Minot North is a bit “vanilla” and he would like to see a name with a bit more flavor.
The board agreed to review a list of suggestions made in the last survey and submit their responses to Vollmer by next Monday. Vollmer will then compile another online survey.
Board member Bonny Berryman, also a retired teacher, told Vollmer that students who will actually attend the new high school should be encouraged to vote and come up with more suggestions. There doesn’t seem to be enough input from prospective high school students, she said.
Vollmer said he thought it was difficult for some of these students to accept that they would not become magicians and would attend the Minot High School-Magic City campus.
No decision was made on the new name or mascot on Thursday. The next board meeting will take place on June 9.
Minot voters approved a bond issue last fall that will fund the new 9-12 high school in northwest Minot as well as the renovation of Magic City Campus into a 9-12 high school and Central Campus as a 9-12 high school. as the third college in the city. School attendance limits are also being worked on.
Erik Ramstad College Deputy Principal Laura McCann will be the college’s new Principal Principal next year. The school board unanimously approved his hire at Thursday’s regular board meeting. She will replace principal Bryn Iverson, who has been hired as the new assistant superintendent of elementary schools for Minot Pubic Schools. Iverson replaces Tracey Lawson, who will retire at the end of this school year.