BAMBERG, Germany — Schweinfurt High School is scheduled to open its doors on Aug. 29. There’s just one problem – the new school needs a mascot and school colors.

Looking to raise some school spirit, school officials are calling on community members for help. A survey, which will run through Aug. 8, is asking for ideas for a mascot and school colors.

The survey also asks how the colors or mascot would be appropriate and meaningful to the school and community. All community members can complete the survey.

The results of the survey will be tallied, and students will cast their votes during the first week of school. Parents will also have the opportunity to vote at the school’s first open house on Sept. 13, according to a U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt press release.

School officials say plans for the fall sports program are on schedule, and students also will be able to sign up for the Army Junior ROTC program.

Cadets coming from the Bamberg and Mannheim programs will be able to retain their current ranks, school liaison Beth Potter wrote in an email. There are no tryouts, unless a cadet is interested in being part of the competitive rifle and drill teams.

Facilities for training the cadets, including ranges and equipment storage, are being finished at this time, Potter wrote.

The new high school is preparing for more than 170 students to attend classes starting in August, in the former Schweinfurt middle school, which is being renovated.

The former elementary school at Askren Manor also will be renovated and turned into an elementary/middle school, according to a DODDS-Europe press release.

The Defense Department approved funding for the school in an effort to cut down on commute times for students, who have been attending high school in Bamberg — some 37 miles away — for the past few years.

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