A message from LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie:
I am pleased to announce that the LCS Board of Education has approved a recommendation regarding the future mascot of Lapeer Community Schools and the new Lapeer High School. I was proud to pass along the recommendation of the mascot committee, comprised of 60 students from East and West (alongside staff members from both schools), to the Board for its consideration at a special meeting held this evening.
I am excited to announce that, starting in 2014-15, we will be the Lapeer Lightning.
In spite of all the time that went into this recommendation, I can honestly say that the process was a major step in our overall transition. Students from East and West came together with new ideas, a sense of the bigger picture and a willingness to be persuaded by those who disagreed; they made our district proud.
I asked these students to engage their friends, family members and neighbors in a discussion about the future of the District and how it should be represented — to pay homage to the past or to forge a new identity for the future. These students spoke with more than 4,000 people over the course of a month and the vast majority, they reported, wanted something new, something unique and fresh.
Lightning symbolizes many things, even more profound than speed and power. It symbolizes illumination, creative energy, innovation and transformation — all characteristics of a dynamic organization.
We are pleased with the outcome of our process and excited to be the only high school in Michigan to have this awesome mascot.