Interim superintendent has long history in education

Brian Kress, interim superintendent, has education running through his veins. "I grew up in a family of educators. Just about everyone in my family is in education," said Kress.
Staff Writer

BLACKFOOT — Brian Kress, the interim Superintendent of the Blackfoot School District, is a home-grown boy who was raised in Firth. Kress attended school in Firth until he went of to college at Idaho State University where he met his wife Randa. Kress' father coached at Firth High School and later became the principal at Firth High. Several of Kress' family members have worked in the education industry and it seemed only natural to Kress that he would go into education as well.
"I alway knew I would be a teacher," said Kress. "It runs in my blood."
Kress has been teaching in the Blackfoot School District for the last 15 years. He began as a science and math teacher at Blackfoot High School for the first five years of his career. He also served as business manager for the school district for four years, and also served as principal and assistant principal for five years in various schools in the district.
"I have had the opportunity to work with Bran at every level of his career," said Sharon Hoge, a teacher. "Brian is open to new ideas, willing to try anything, within reason, and not afraid to take a risk within reasonable boundaries."
Community presence is important to Kress, and he has often been seen at many community events. When the students of "We the People" returned from Washington D.C. Kress was there to help welcome them home.
"I want to have more of a community presence," said Kress. "I would like to create a partnership between teachers and patrons."
Kress is also serious about transparency in the school district and plans to be available to district employees and patrons.
Kress, and his wife, Randa, have four kids Alec 16, and Collin 14, will both attend Blackfoot High School in the fall of 2015; Devan 10 attends Stalker Elementary, and their youngest is, who is 2.