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While Blackfoot School District 55 trustee Jenny Hong's announcement on Monday to resign from the board may not have come as a big surprise, patrons still reacted strongly to the news.
Hong has been embroiled in the controversy regarding the district's $220,000 payout to former superintendent Scott Crane prompting recall efforts against her and former district chairman Scott Reese, who resigned last week.
Blackfoot School District trustee Jenny Hong announced her resignation from the Blackfoot School Board on Monday. Hong, along with the district's former chairman, Scott Reese, who resigned last week, were in the early stages of being recalled by a group called "Concerned Citizens of District 55" because of "actions and decisions made by the board in regard to the separation agreement between the district and former superintendent Scott Crane."
Last Friday, Blackfoot School Board Trustee Scott Reese resigned from his position on the board. His resignation created a vacancy.
To fill the vacancy, the board will follow the Idaho State Code and the Blackfoot School Board Policy, said Margaret Contor, District 55 administrative assistant.
â€śAt the next board meetingâ€”on Feb. 21--the trustees will take action on the letter of resignation,â€ť she said.
Idaho Code 33-504 and Blackfoot Board Policy 248 state: â€śA vacancy will be declared by the board â€¦ within thirty (30) days of when any trustee will â€¦ resign as trustee.â€ť
The possibility of building an overpass over the railroad tracks in Blackfoot will be addressed by Butler Engineering of Shelley at Tuesday's Blackfoot City Council Meeting. Talk of the city building an overpass (or an underpass) to help alleviate the train crossing problem has recently been revived by some concerned residents, many of whom are fed up with being delayed at the crossings by the stopped trains.
Jack the kangaroo had an early morning stop on Friday at the Animal Health Clinic, 231 E. Rich Ln., Blackfoot, where he was neutered.
Veterinarian Jason Moulton, D.V.M. said, "Because he is neutered, he won't become aggressive nor will he grow as tall [as a regular kangaroo]."
When full grown, Moulton estimates Jack will stand about five feet tall. A regular kangaroo can grow to seven and one-half feet tall.
Blackfoot School Board Chairman Scott Reese issued a statement announcing his resignation from the school board just days after startup petitions for his recall were turned into the Bingham County Clerk's office.
Reese, who represents Zone 3 in the Blackfoot School District, has been embroiled in controversy since it was revealed to the public in November that a $220,000 separation agreement was drawn up for former superintendent Scott Crane and that Idaho Open Meeting Laws were broken in the board's decision-making process.
Blackfoot School District is seeking an Idaho-licensed attorney or firm to serve as general legal counsel and is now accepting proposals for the job.
The district fired attorney Dale Storer in December in the midst of the "Scott Crane separation agreement" debacle and has been temporarily receiving legal counsel from Amy White, an attorney for the Idaho School Board Association.
Chad Struhs, interim superintendent for the district, issued a press release on Thursday describing the position.
Students at Mountain View Middle School (MVMS) received 30 brand new microscopes for science classes this week, thanks to a grant awarded to the school's Life Science teachers, Eileen Huestis and Alan Southern.
The teachers applied for the grant through the Summer of Innovation Program (part of the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium) right before the deadline on Jan. 10 and were thrilled to receive the grant money just four days later.
Community reaction to the news of recall efforts against Blackfoot School District trustees Scott Reese and Jenny Hong has been mixed, with some patrons showing strong support for the school board members.
Start-up recall petitions against the two were turned into the Bingham County Clerk's office late Monday by a local group, "Concerned Citizens of District 55" because of the board's actions regarding former superintendent Scott Crane's $220,000 separation agreement. Scott Bigler, organizer of the group contends that "the community has lost trust in the board."
It was a festive but emotional evening as volunteers, team participants and cancer survivors gathered at the Meridian Center in Blackfoot Thursday night for a Hawaiian Luau to kick off planning efforts for this year's Bingham County "Relay For Life." The event to be at Blackfoot High School June 14-15.