Fayette County schools choose less “female” logo

The new logo adopted by the Fayette school system is meant to depict a cauldron and flame. Courtesy Fayette County Public Schools.

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The new logo adopted by the Fayette school system is meant to depict a cauldron and flame. Courtesy Fayette County Public Schools.

A new logo and tagline will now represent Fayette County Public Schools following controversy about the design.

The Board of Education approved the new logo 5-0 on Monday after sending the previously proposed version back to the drawing board. The first redesigned logo featured a flame element that board member Barry Marchman and some members of the community described as resembling female genitalia.

“The empress has no clothes,” Marchman said at the board’s Feb. 4 work session, despite general support for the design from the other board members, all of whom are male.

However, Superintendent Joseph Barrow Jr. said he preferred that the logo vote be unanimous, and asked for the design to be tweaked. But an entirely new version was presented on Feb. 25, featuring multiple geometric shapes in shades of blue that are meant to depict a cauldron and flame.

The new tagline will be “Where Excellence and Creativity Merge.”