PRESTON, Iowa — A straw vote is planned this week to see what the communities of Preston, Miles and Sabula want to see for a mascot and school colors for the new Easton Valley Community School District.

Also board members determined where classes will be held beginning in August.

Easton Valley is the new district merging the Preston and East Central school districts.

The Preston Student Council and community members looked at numerous colors and mascots and narrowed the field to five.

They are Easton Valley Wildcats, EV Vipers, EV Panthers, EV Tigers and EV River Hawks. School colors could be blue and orange; purple and silver; orange and gray; black and green; and black and yellow.

Ballots will be available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Preston City Hall, Miles Town Hall and Sabula Town Hall.

Superintendent Robert Lagerblade said the straw poll is advisory. He said the Easton Valley board will make the final decision and does not have to agree with the community.

Board members will get the results of the vote at their March 28 meeting, where a decision could be made by the board.

Also, board members agreed to put high school students at the Preston High School building; grades 6-8 at the Preston elementary building; and pre-K through 5 classes at the Miles building.

Lagerblade suggested the district close the Sabula building. No decisions were made on the Sabula building, but no classes were designated for the building.

Board members said they wanted to talk with Sabula City Council members about the future of the building before making a final decision.

In the meantime, East Central Superintendent Neil Gray said the East Central board has received a couple of informal bids for the possible demolition and asbestos removal at the Sabula building. Gray said the board is continuing discussions it had last spring with the Sabula City Council about demolition of the building. Gray said no decisions have been made.

East Central owns the Sabula building until June 30 when Easton Valley takes over.