Teton High School in Driggs, Idaho, may not be dropping its "Redskins" mascot and logo after all. The Idaho State Journal reports that superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme - who announced his decision last week, citing his desire to teach students a kind of respect that goes beyond "the heritage behind the mascot" - has now decided to seek input from the public and the Native American community.
According to the paper:
Woolstenhulme said the district is reaching out to the Shoshone-Bannock tribes at the Fort Hall Reservation "to gather their feedback on the issue. I had contacted the Sho-Ban High School previously to discuss this issue, but had not communicated directly with the tribal leadership," he said.
Woolstenhulme said he met with Teton School District board chairman Doug Petersen and devised a new plan for changing the mascot. â¦ Woolstenhulme said no funds will be spent at this time to change the mascot, and no signs or logos with the mascot will be removed.
Rough estimates of $100,000 to replace athletic uniforms and to replace signs would come out of existing budgets, "not funds that could go towards staff salaries or positions," he said.
Members of the public are invited to a school board meeting on July 8.