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High school logo may get update after more than half a century

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Nov 08 2012 11:07:20 PM CST
CATASAUQUA, Pa. -

A Lehigh County school district logo believed to be more than a half-century old may soon be getting a makeover.

Catasauqua Area School Board members got their first glimpse of nine possible new designs of the district logo at a workshop meeting Thursday night at the Lehigh Career Technical Institute.

Catasauqua High School principal Dave Ascani showed off the designs of the nine finalists, which were mounted on poster boards. They were selected by Ascani and high school art teacher Barb Resto from about
15 entries put together by roughly 25 art students since the beginning of the school year, he said. The names of the designers were left off so as not to influence board members, he added.

Board members seemed pleased with what they saw and decided to poll the public before making any decision about changing the logo, which likely was created in 1961. Community members can check out the proposed new designs during business hours at the central administration building, next to the Sheckler Elementary School at 201 North 14th St., Catasauqua.

After the meeting, Ascani said he and Supt. Robert Spengler discussed doing something with the logo last school year, "but we never got it going." They decided to take up the idea again this year, and Resto got the ball rolling.

"Each year, students in our [high school] art classes design a logo for a subject of their choice," Ascani said. This year, they were asked to redesign the district logo.

Ascani said he and Spengler thought some change was in order in part because the building depicted in the current logo is no longer the high school, but is now used as the middle school. The logo also has a lit torch and the year 1868, when the district was founded.

The proposed updated logos keep some version of the torch but do away with the building completely.

The board will have the final say on the fate of the logo, and that's fine with Ascani. "I did what I had to do," he said. Now it's in their hands. If they prefer the existing logo, that's OK, too."