Superintendent Tim McGonegal today said he plans to recommend that the school board reject a proposed agreement from Florida State University under which FSU would allow Southeast High School to use its Seminole logo for five years, then on a year-to-year basis.
"There is absolutely no threat that the public will be confused by the two marks," said school board attorney John Bowen at a news conference today. "One being a major university and one being a high school.
"That is the basis for rejecting the agreement," Bowen said.
FSU officials in August objected to Southeast's use of its Seminole logo, which bears a resemblance to the university's logo, albeit with a different color scheme. The company that manages FSU's logo said Southeast was breaking trademark law.
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After receiving pressure from alumni and others, FSU said it was willing to negotiate an agreement with the Manatee school district. But last month, Bowen said the negotiations were not leading to a suitable agreement.