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Former Blackfoot School District superintendent Scott Crane received nearly a quarter million dollars in the employment separation agreement signed between Crane and the school district.
The separation agreement was released on Monday.
Crane's separation agreement was signed April 20, 2012, four days before the trustees "approved the agreement as executed by Employee B-2012 and the Chairman of the Blackfoot School District Board of Trustees on behalf of the board," as stated in the board minutes of the April 24 meeting.
Blackfoot School District trustees admit that they violated Idaho opening meeting laws on March 13, 2012, and April 24, 2012. At a special meeting held Monday, the board passed a resolution acknowledging the open meeting violations, apologizing to the public and vowing to secure training and education on the Idaho Open Meeting Act through the Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney's Office or the Idaho Attorney General.
The violations were brought to the board's attention on Nov. 26, 2012, through a registered letter from the The Post Register in Idaho Falls, said board chairman Scott Reese.
Karili Garcia and her daughter-in-law Katie Garcia were among the first to begin the Eighth Annual Winter Walk on Saturday.
"We did it last year and it was so much fun," Karili said.
"We like to see the businesses and what they have to offer," Katie added.
Each December a group of downtown merchants open their doors and invite the community to enjoy a treat and learn about their businesses. Thirty-two participated this year, up from 28 who took part in 2011.
Papa S.'s Christmas shopping is done, with gifts wrapped and under the tree; however, he's not about to reveal what's inside the packages and ruin a surprise. The 7-year-old student at Stalker Elementary School in Blackfoot, was one of 50 children who spent Saturday morning with a local law enforcement officer shopping and wrapping gifts for their family members as part of Bingham County's Santa's Helpers Program.
Santa's Helpers, sponsored by the Bingham County Sheriff's Dept. and Blackfoot Police Dept., is a program for children in need to go Christmas shopping with an officer.
While Wake-Up Call has been in Blackfoot for 10 years, it's in its third location in the past three years.
That's because Keshone Schneider, who started there as a junior at Blackfoot High School, and her husband Darin have bought the business and have put it in the center of town. Its address is 790 West Bridge.
"My goal is to bring the store back to a good sit-down coffee shop," Keshone said. But there's more.
She noted that she will continue to sell purses and LA Idol women's jeans as the former owner did. And. she has added more clothing items.
The Blackfoot School District has three days to comply with District Judge David Nye's decision that the specifics of a contracted service must be made public.
The judge ruled in favor of Plaintiff Joyce Bingham and The Post Register and against Defendant/Respondent Blackfoot School District 55 on Friday.
Bingham, a former teacher in the district, was the first to publicly question the payout of $105,428 paid by Blackfoot School District for contracted services on July 2, 2012.
"I'm glad the law was followed," said Bingham. "I'm glad the judge read the law the way I did."
BLACKFOOT â€” Kenneth Finis Brown looks you in the eye and speaks of the sacrifices made by veterans to keep this country free.
"Patriotism is not dead," he said.
Brown has been working for veterans for the past 50 years.
Born in Peoria, Ill., in 1922, Brown is a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy as a gunner's mate from 1943-1945. He served on convoy duty.
Brown sailed the world, serving in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters as well as in the Mediterranean.
Attorneys for Dr. Scott Crane, the former superintendent of Blackfoot School District #55, have released a press release to clarify certain statements that were made in court and to the press by District 55 agents.
Oral hearings in the case of Joyce Bingham v. Blackfoot School District took place Friday, Nov. 30. One of the points of discussion regarded an affidavit filed by Blackfoot School District Interim Superintendent Chad Struhs.
The affidavit stated, "I contacted Dr. Crane and urged him to allow the District to release the requested agreement [but] Dr. Crane declined to do so."
Students at the Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center (BCCLC) brought in enough material in two and one-half months to save a tree. The celebration to recognize this achievement took place Thursday afternoon.
It's estimated it takes 1,000 pounds of recycled material to save one tree, said teacher Katrina Elliott. In 10 weeks, students at Blackfoot Charter School contributed over 1,000 pounds of material to recycle.
"We wanted to do a service project when we were studying about community," she said. Teachers Elliott and Amy Ogden headed up this project.