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Recall still possible

March 14, 2012

BLACKFOOT — After nearly two hours in executive session on Tuesday, members of the Blackfoot School District board of trustees returned to open session long enough for vice chairman Peter A. Lipovac to admit he did not have permission of the full board to attend an Indian education conference last year.
His attendance at that conference, without permission of the board, is at the crux of a recall petition which has been certified by Bingham County director of elections Marlene Jensen.
During the three minutes of open session, Lipovac said, “I wish to make a clarification in the matter of travel to the INEA conference, the majority (of the board) was aware, but that doesn’t imply all knew.”
The recall petition states the “documentation exists proving Mr. Lipovac violated Board Policy 839 by not obtaining pre-approval to attend an Indian Educational Conference held in New Mexico for which he later charged the district $1,075 upon his return.”
Second, the petition states Mr. Lipovac was actively involved in the development of Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy, a Charter School in Fort Hall, Idaho.
After Lipovac’s clarification, the board returned to executive session briefly, then announced in open session that it had dealt with a personnel matter and adjourned.
Bryce Lloyd, the attorney for the petitioners, said nothing has changed regarding the recall.
“All we’ve got to worry about is the voters,” Lloyd said. “The recall petition is done; it’s submitted. We’re just waiting on the elections office.”
Jensen said that Lipovac received his certified letter reporting the petition for his recall on Tuesday. He has five business days to respond to that letter to the school board.
Coincidentally the next scheduled school board meeting is March 20, next Tuesday.
Jensen said if Lipovac doesn’t resign at that meeting, the board can contact her office and ask that a recall election be scheduled.
The deadline for such an election to be scheduled on May 15 is this Friday. Since Lipovac has until past that date to respond to the board, the next date for the recall election is Aug. 28.
By Idaho law, Jensen explained, there are only four dates on which elections can be held — March13, May 15, Aug. 28 and Nov. 6.

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