DRIGGS, Idaho -- School officials in eastern Idaho have agreed that a high school will keep the Redskins nickname and mascot for at least another year.
Amid outcry from alumni, trustees of Teton School District 401 agreed this week to delay any more discussion of a name change until next spring, the Teton Valley News reported in a story published Thursday (http://bit.ly/14O3CuL ).
In June, Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme announced the high school in Driggs would remove all references to the Redskins name out of respect for Native Americans who find the moniker offensive.
The school board initially backed the change and made efforts this summer to remove Redskins banners and buy new uniforms in time for the 2014 school year. The idea also had the backing of the Shoshone-Bannock tribal leaders, who consider the name disrespectful.
But alumni, parents, former teachers and other supporters of the nickname mobilized by launching a Facebook page and online petition drive to battle to keep the name. Last month, the board hosted a public meeting attended by more than 170 residents. The majority of those who testified urged the board to keep the name in a nod to tradition and school pride.
"I'm still getting a lot of feedback from both sides," Woolstenhulme told the board earlier this week. "Let's focus on other things right now."
But Woolstenhulme did suggest the board appoint a broad committee to research and study the issue and submit a recommendation early next year. He said the committee should include staff, parents, alumni, athletic boosters and others.
The board did not take any action on the study committee proposal.