Prior Lake High School may soon purchase all its athletic uniforms from a single vendor, a move officials said will not only save time and money, but strengthen the school’s identity by giving teams a consistent image.
Currently, there are multiple uniform vendors and at least 18 different "Lakers" logos used for sports at Prior Lake, said Activities Director Russ Reetz at the Sept. 28 school board work session. The basketball logo, for instance, is shaped like a backboard and has a net at the bottom, while others feature the name of the sport written in various shades of blue and gold.
The school and its athletic programs have grown quickly, Reetz said.
“Part of [having one vendor] is to try to bring us all back in,” Reetz said.
Buying uniforms from one supplier will give the school a discount on uniforms plus some free items up front. The ordering process will also be easier, Reetz said.
If approved at the Oct. 12 school board meeting, the vendor contract would probably start this spring. Teams would get new uniforms every four years, Reetz said.
Minneapolis Public Schools already contracts with one uniform provider, and other nearby districts are considering doing so, he said.
The updated uniforms would be charcoal gray with accents in light blue.