District 55 board honors pair of employees

Blackfoot School District board members honored and awarded two district employees with a check for $500 at the board of trustees meeting Thursday evening.
Marsha Peterson, a second grade teacher at Groveland Elementary School, was recognized as the 2012-13 'Teacher-of-the-year." Interim district superintendent Chad Struhs said she has been with the district for 24 years and described her as "an excellent representation of the quality of teachers found in Blackfoot."
Teresa Martinsen has been with the district since 2003 and is currently the librarian at Mountain View Middle School. She was recognized as the district's 2012-13 'Employee of the year.' "She [Martinsen] does a phenomenal job," Struhs said.
Patron Joyce Bingham addressed the board during the public forum requesting copies of contracts in which the board issued payments for services throughout the year. She said in particular, a July payment in the amount of $105,428.00, appears to be out of the ordinary. According to Idaho Code 33-357, the board has three days to respond to the request.
Also addressing the board in the public forum was Nancy Murillo of Fort Hall who updated the board on the status of the new Fort Hall Charter School. She said that the tribes have provided 20 acres of land near the Shoshone-Bannock High School to build the school that is scheduled to open in 2013.
Struhs broached the subject of going paperless and 'all electronic' at future school board meetings, saying that board members would be provided with laptop computers and that it will cut down on time and paper usage.
Board of trustee members Jenny Hong and Scott Reese praised all district employees who helped implement the first year of online district registration.
"The online registration made a big difference," said Hong. "Registration went much smoother, the flow was great and there were fewer irritated parents."
Struhs urged all board members to register and attend the Idaho School Board Association (ISBA) convention in Boise Nov. 14-17 saying that deadline to sign up is today.
"It's in the budget for us to attend this conference," Struhs added. "I highly recommend that we all attend. It's critical that we get trained by our state leaders."
Because of the absence of one board member at the meeting, the discussion of the superintendent position and the state's star rating system for the schools, has been postponed until further notice.