Massena school installing signs touting championship teams, athletes on roads leading into town
Monday, August 20, 2018 - 5:34 pm

By ANDY GARDNER

MASSENA -- New signs touting Massena Central varsity champion teams and athletes will be installed on three roadways leading into town, the Board of Education decided at their Thursday meeting.

The signs will pay tribute to boys and girls hockey, baseball and cross country teams, as well as high jump, discus and wrestling athletes.One of the three new signs will look something like this once installed. The other two will be more horizontal.

They will be placed near the high school football practice field on state Route 37, near Jefferson Elementary on state Route 37 and on Andrews Street coming into the village.

The district won’t have to contribute anything toward the signs. Leftover funds from a commemoration to former athletic director and educator Martha Slack will pick up the tab, current Athletic Director Gavin Regan said.

"Martha is proposing we erect these signs so the community and others coming in the community can see them,” Regan told the board.

Superintendent Pat Brady said the signs will have the block M logo.

“Martha, her position, the group's position is the M is more representative of all of the years of Massena sports,” Brady said. "The M is a bit of a neutral factor that's been around pretty much since the beginning of the district.”

"She felt pretty passionately about that. We're putting in the new logo this year ... she mentioned the M was in the 1940s. Massena's first logo was the M,” Regan said.

They have not yet been made, but officials said they hope to have them in place by the first home football game of the season on Aug. 31.

The signs will only have championship teams going back to 1981, because that’s when official state championships began, the AD said.

"In the boy's hockey state championships ... before (1981) we have championships that were sportswriters’ championships not recognized by New York state," according to Regan.