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Blackfoot School District 55 has announced the names of 15 community members, selected by the board, put on the committee to help select a new superintendent. That person will replace Scott Crane, who resigned last spring.
School district trustees Mary Jo Marlow and Jenny Hong head the committee. They will conduct a series of public meetings in each of the five zones in the coming months, giving everyone an opportunity to have an input in the selection process.
"We want the community to be stakeholders in this process," Marlow said at a recent district work session. "We can pull from the good people in this community and let them help us with the screening process."
The committee is made up of educators, business people and ethnic leaders and consists of the following individuals: Nancy Murillo, Zone 1 representative; Stacey Bird, Zone 2; Pat Colman, Zone 3; Chuck Jensen, Zone 4; Carol Dansie, Zone 5; Wes Jensen, secondary administrator; Ryan Wilson, elementary administrator; Bobbie Steffensen, Blackfoot Education Association representative and classified employee; Holly Kartchner, secondary teacher; Joy Mickelsen, elementary teacher; David Rowsell, business representative; Gordon Wankier, business representative; Tino Batt, Shoshone Bannock Tribal Council representative; Virginia Townsend and Christina Alvarez, Hispanic community representatives.
Chairman Scott Reese said the board is a little behind in the selection process and that his goal is "to have a new superintendent hired by March 1, 2013 and ready to start with the district on July 1, 2013. The position will post nationwide in November and will remain open for at least 60 days. Interim superintend Chad Struhs will fill in the meantime, and has said he may consider making a bid for the job himself.
Details of the upcoming public meetings are to be announced.