Council votes to keep signs honoring '94 football title

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - The city council in this northeast Ohio community voted Thursday night to keep signs at the city limits honoring Chardon High School's 1994 state football champions.
Truman Parkinson, a retired physicist, had lobbied to remove the signs as outdated and favoring athletic achievement over current academic merit in this community of 5,100 about 25 miles east of Cleveland.
"It's unfortunate," Parkinson said. "Current kids deserve the same kind of recognition now that the kids in 1994 got then."
In place of the signs honoring the football title, Parkinson had suggested erecting signs promoting Chardon as the home of the middle school state champion Science Olympiad team.
He proposed leaving signs up for two or three years, or possibly honoring different accomplishments at each of the six entrances to the city.
The council agreed to develop a comprehensive policy on the issue.
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