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Blackfoot School District 55 trustee Mary Jo Marlow and clerk/treasurer Jenny Hong have been named as co-chairs for a newly formed search committee to find a new superintendent to replace Scott Crane, who resigned last spring. This decision was announced at the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday evening.
The committee, made up educators, ethnic leaders and business people, will consist of 17 members divided up to represent each of the zones. Marlow and Hong will conduct a series of public meetings (with the designated committee members) within the next few months, to get the public's input on the hiring of the new superintendent. The meeting information and names of the committee members will be announced soon.
Chairman Scott Reese said, "My goal is to have a new superintendent hired by March 1, 2013 and ready to start here at the district on July 1, 2013."
Blackfoot Education Association (BEA) co-president Sarah Condon addressed the board on behalf of the BEA and teachers in the district urging voters to vote "no" on Education Props 1, 2 and 3 on Election Day, Nov. 6.
The district's interim superintendent Chad Struhs said he was pleased to report that the district's enrollment for the 2012-13 school year is only down two students, so far, compared to last year.
Struhs also mentioned that he is still looking into ways to make the school board meetings "paperless." Struhs brought up the "paperless" idea over the summer, saying "board members can view their information on laptop computers and it would help cut down on paper usage."
Since board trustees will be attending the Idaho School Board Association convention in Boise, Nov. 14-16, during the time when the regular November school board meeting should be held, Struhs announced that they will proceed with having the meeting in Boise; however, he stressed that no official decisions will be made at the out-of-town meeting. Rescheduling the November meeting in Blackfoot would conflict with the Thanksgiving holiday.
There was no mention in the meeting about the district being sued by former Blackfoot High School teacher Joyce Bingham, seeking to exercise her right to examine and copy public records; specifically, contracted services for a July 2012 payout by the district for $105,428.