Blackfoot School Board reorganized

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees selected R. Scott Reese to serve as chairman during their meeting Thursday night.
Pete Lipovac was elected vice-chairman and Jenny Hong was elected to the position of clerk/treasurer.
Also at the meeting the board scheduled their meetings for the next year. Meetings will be the fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. with the exemption of November, December and May meetings, which will be on the third Thursday due to holidays and graduation. All meetings will be at the District Office, except for the April 26 meeting, which will be in Fort Hall.
Public notice of meetings will be posted in the District Office, at Blackfoot High School, Irving Kindergarten Center, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Business Office and online.
Superintendent Scott Crane outlined his philosophy and goals to the board and offered suggestions of goals to the board.
Those goals were to develop district evaluation procedures to align with new legislation, to enhance morale and to continue the review of the impact of reduced funding.
Among the suggestions, Crane said the district should consider consolidating the Blackfoot Sixth Grade School and Mountain View Middle School. He also said the districts in Bingham County will be conducting a district consolidation study to determine if consolidation would be cost effective.
The trustees spent a considerable amount of time discussing whether 7 1/2 hours of unused vacation pay for the superintendent and assistant superintendent should be paid out or be lost.
Lipovac made a motion to not grant the payment of unused vacation time and was supported by Hong.
"I will not support it in the future," Lipovac said. "Vacation times need to be used."
Hong asked whether now is the time to be paying out unused vacation.
"People have lost their jobs this year," Hong said. "I think it's the wrong time to ask for vacation pay."
Trustees Bryce Lloyd and Mary Jo Marlow said both Crane and Chad Struhs worked long hours on various projects and they deserve to have unused vacation paid.
"I know they were here because they were concerned about the district," Marlow said.
Hong questioned whether the school vacations—winter break, spring break and summer—are taken into consideration as time off or paid vacations. Lloyd said they both work at night and on weekends putting in extra hours.
The issue was tabled until their Aug. 25 meeting. Hong, Reese and Lipovac voted in favor of tabling the issue, with Marlow and Tolman casting dissenting votes.
Following the discussion, the board went into executive session to discuss personnel items. Several members of the BHS softball team and parents addressed the board during executive session. No action was taken following the executive session.