From Walker High to Jasper High

Posted 6/22/16

Walker High School will soon become Jasper High School.

That is the news that the Daily Mountain Eagle newsroom broke Monday evening.

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From Walker High to Jasper High

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Walker High School will soon become Jasper High School.

That is the news that the Daily Mountain Eagle newsroom broke Monday evening.

A number of people have spoken out concerning the name change, with a majority seemingly against it. The Eagle shares some of their concerns.

The high cost of athletic and band uniforms was a main issue for some parents. Walker Athletics Director Jonathan Jordan said replacing uniforms would cost around $100,000. It is unclear if he included band uniforms in that number. If band uniforms are not included, that number could grow to well over $150,000.

Who will pay for the new uniforms?

Many parents have worked hard in recent years to raise funds to make sure their children are outfitted with new jerseys and uniforms to allow them to look just as good as any other school in the state. A name change could mean more fundraising work for parents in the future unless the board is willing to foot the bill for new gear.

Another concern from parents, alumni and current students that has been mentioned on the Daily Mountain Eagle Facebook page often over the last 24 hours is that area residents were not given a say-so in this decision.

The sudden change that was approved at the Monday school board meeting seems to have been done in a high-handed manner that avoided any semblance of community involvement. In what has been perceived by many as a rushed vote, led to a quick outcry on social media.

A petition to keep the name from being changed has also been making its way through the cybersphere and already has more than 1,000 signatures on it.

The Eagle would have liked to see the school board speak about the subject and answer questions concerning the name change before voting on it, but we do feel members of the board are doing what they feel is best for the system as a whole.

If questions were answered before a vote, the backlash on the issue may not have been quite as severe.

The Eagle does support our area schools and we urge residents to not let a difference of opinion over the name or how the decision was made to keep them from supporting our schools and our students.

— Daily Mountain Eagle