School Board Keeps Mascot Despite Controversy

07.09.13 | Abby Lutcher

Interim superintendent Charles Clemens acknowledged that students and families were upset by how the board initially started discussions on changing the mascot. The board says they were only considering a change and seeking input. They hadn't decided anything before Monday’s meeting. They say they are keeping the redskins mascot and Clemens says now it's time to focus on the big picture. “Education is always more important.  It’s the thing we're here for, so now we can move on and get ready for the next school year.” More than fifty people showed up at a board meeting in June to protest the possible name change. School officials say they got a call requesting the change from the State Education Department -- Bureau of Native American Affairs.