CEDAR CITY (ABC4 News) The Iron County School Board sealed the fate of the Cedar High School mascot Tuesday night.
After weeks of discussion and a vote of 3 to 2, the school board voted to “respectfully retire” the Cedar High School “Redmen” mascot at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
The vote follows a recommendation made by a 24-person community committee tasked with reviewing the mascot, which voted 17-7 in favor of changing it.
“An important consideration for the board was the safety and wellbeing of every student. In keeping with the Iron County School District’s mission statement, it is essential that Cedar High School has a mascot and symbol that is inclusive and honoring of all,” said Iron County School Board President Stephen Allen.
School board officials said one of the themes that emerged from the ongoing community discussions on the matter was the importance of tradition and keeping a connection to the Native American culture.
The district and local tribes are now working to establish educational partnerships so the community and student body can find meaningful ways to learn about and honor their Native American heritage.
Now that the issue has been voted on by the school board, Allen urged community members to come together.
“We know that many will be disappointed with the board’s decision, but we sincerely hope that the Cedar City community will embrace the potential for positive change and unite to put the best interests of students first.”