Public announcement via email:
“September 30, 2013
“Blaine County School District Board of Trustees Announce Separation Agreement with Superintendent Dr. Lonnie Barber
The Blaine County School District and Superintendent Dr. Lonnie Barber have mutually agreed to a separation, effective Monday, September 30, 2013. The Board voted unanimously on Friday, September 27, 2013 to a separation agreement reflective of the Superintendent’s contract.
“‘We wish Dr. Barber the best in the future and we are grateful for his leadership over the past six years. We appreciate his work on the Strategic Plan and Board goals as well as his work toward a settlement with McKinstry,’ said Board Chair Paul Bates. ‘He has positioned the district for an exciting future, for which we are grateful.’
“Superintendent Dr. Barber said, ‘Working with the staff of the Blaine County School District has been the highlight of my 24 year career in education. I feel fortunate to not only have worked with one of the greatest staffs in any district but also to have my daughter attending one of the most outstanding school districts anywhere. I want to thank the entire staff of the Blaine County School District. I wish the very best to everyone and know that you will all continue to provide an amazing education to the children of the Wood River Valley.’
“Chairman Bates and the Board of Trustees are looking forward to the next step, which will include a national search for a new Superintendent.
“The Board expressed confidence in the experience and dedication of the district’s administrators, teachers and staff, stating, “We are confident that our district’s administrators, teachers and staff have the knowledge, experience and dedication to carry us through this transition. We have the utmost faith in the staff and district employees.”
“The Board appointed Assistant Superintendent and Director of Human Resources Dr. John Blackman as Interim Superintendent. Chairman Paul Bates concluded, ‘We are working toward the future as a team, fulfilling the mission of our district to become a world-class, student focused community of teaching and learning.'”
Dr. Lonnie Barber