NYSED Logo and Mascot Statement from FFCSD

FFCS Community,

As many of you know, there has been a conversation in the media, and our surrounding districts, related to Native American names and imagery as it pertains to school districts, including the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District. On December 14, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) released official guidance for those affected school districts under regulation part 123.  That guidance can be found here.  

We encourage everyone to review and understand what’s being proposed as a regulation by NYSED and to comment to the Commissioner on this regulation, if you feel so inclined.  As a district, we have commented on this regulation during the 60-day comment period, seeking clarification regarding specific sections within this regulation.  The District’s outreach can be viewed here.  This NYSED regulation, once in place, will ban all Native American mascot names and imagery.   There is a provision in the NYSED requirement that permits schools to consult with NYS recognized Native American Nations to seek approval for the continued use of their existing name and imagery.  FFCS has begun attempts to meet with Native American Leaders to discuss this regulation.  In addition, the Board of Education will be asking for clarification on an appeals process to retain the use of the “Braves” name.

We understand that for nearly 70 years, the “Braves” name has meant so much to our school community. To be a Fonda-Fultonville Brave is to exhibit strength and courage in the face of adversity and has brought our entire community together to overcome tragedy, crisis, and even a pandemic. The “Braves” name also allows us to be unified as we celebrate the success of our athletic, arts and academic programs.  As we move forward in this process, please understand that we will continue to be transparent in our effort to keep you updated on any information we receive on this regulation by the Board of Regents.

As a Board and district, we will work in a respectful manner to advocate for our district’s continued use of the “Braves” name, while taking into account the sensitive nature of this process. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. 


FFCSD Board of Education and 
Mr. Thomas Ciaccio
Superintendent of Schools