The Iron County Board of Education voted Tuesday to change Cedar High School's controversial Redmen mascot.

CEDAR CITY — The Iron County Board of Education voted Tuesday to change Cedar High School's controversial Redmen mascot.

The change was approved with a 3-2 vote to "respectfully retire" the mascot at the end of this school year, according to a news release from the school district. School board officials said the change followed the recommendation of a community committee that reviewed the mascot.

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"This has been a challenging yet crucial process to evaluate an issue that the school district has been looking at for decades. Each board member spent a great deal of time reviewing the recommendations made by the committee and conducting our own research and follow up with groups and individuals," Iron County School Board President Stephen Allen said in the release.

"In the end, the board was split, which shouldn't be surprising since the community has been split on this issue. An important consideration for the board was the safety and well-being of every student," Allen added.

The school board will form a "transition team" made up of school alumni, students, faculty, tribal and community members, according to the release. That team will be involved in choosing a new name.

The school has used the Redmen mascot since the early 1940s.