Putting to rest this color mess

Since there have been conflicting reports it should be noted again – Marshalltown High School is not changing its colors or logo.

To say that a conversation about the possibility of changing its colors and logo never happened would be wrong.

But the outcry from alumni as a result of that conversation being made public reinforced to the school district that the alumni like their colors and Bobcat logo as they are – and that’s apparently how they’ll stay.

I know it can be confusing since we ran a story on March 30 which focused on the possibility of them changing school colors and the logo.

Well, if you notice we never ran a correction in the days following that story, so we just went on information provided to us from an administrator within the district. Since then, the school district has denied any idea of a color change.

I know it can be confusing for some members of the public to understand, especially when the school district posts on its website that:

“All conversations around the colors and logo have been pertaining to choosing what is right for the Roundhouse project and what is consistent with the ‘Bobcat Brand’ we all know and love.”

Well, we know the conversation happened but we are going to pretend it didn’t as we move into the future, OK. It apparently didn’t happen with enough decision makers in the district to pretend it existed.

It’s apparent some leaders in the district weren’t on the same page on the matter when the information about the possible color change was made public through the March 30 story. A “divided front” is not what any of the school district leaders want, especially as they solicit donations from alumni for the Roundhouse project.

I guess we just move forward from here. Just know that the information we had about that color change was not pulled out of thin air by us.

Since we still have had emails lately about the uncertainty over the color change, I felt the need to write this to provide some clarity.

So we are now emphatically told by the school district that the colors and logo aren’t going anywhere. But I still stand by the information we went with in that original story on March 30. I can understand the public’s uncertainty on the matter when mixed messages are being delivered.

I hope this makes it a little less confusing for the public and we can move on to something else.

Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or apotter@timesrepublican.com