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District 55 patrons express BPAC concerns

June 27, 2014

Morning News — Bob Hudson Susan Mann, program director of the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center, addresses the Blackfoot School Board on Wednesday.

Supporters of two employees whose contracts were not renewed packed Wednesday's Blackfoot School Board meeting.
A handful addressed the release of Merle Smith as girls' basketball coach at Blackfoot High School. A larger group addressed the release of Allen Tripp as manager of the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center and plans for the center's future.
"The BPAC has been doing a tremendous job," said superintendent Chad Struhs. "We want it to continue to grow."
Board chairman Dale Christiansen added," our intent is certainly not to go backward. A lot of people invested a lot of time and effort (in its creation)."
Susan Mann, the program director at BPAC, told the audience that she had been told the manager of the facility would be a certified teacher.
"Manager is a 7-day a week job," Mann said. "I implore the board to seriously reconsider a poorly-advised decision."
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