The original bill that required the removal of Native American mascots mentioned that schools could secure funding through the state’s BEST program, but the way that funding is prioritized under that program makes actually securing the funding hard. As a result, Governor Polis has mentioned establishing other methods of funding besides the BEST grants, but he’s yet to announce what those will look like. MCSD will still be applying for a BEST grant in the meantime.
For changing both Centennial Middle School’s and Montrose High School’s mascots, the cost estimates are currently around $900,000. Still, the district is moving forward and hopes to find new mascot names even as the financial details get sorted out.