District 55 patrons express BPAC concerns

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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