The many changes in governing positions have ushered in a new leadership era for Blaine County School District. Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Steve Guthrie, was voted out May 2013. Vice-Chair, Don Nurge, resigned soon thereafter. Former Superintendent, Lonnie Barber, signed a Separation Agreement in September 2013—the Trustees sited “differences in leadership style.” Guthrie’s successor as Chairman, Paul Bates, resigned last week because minors had been drinking alcohol in his home on New Year’s Eve.
Our current Board of Trustees demonstrated decisive action when responding to the recent social hosting event at former Chairman Paul Bates’ home. Continue reading
How does the new Common Core testing compare/contrast to the previously used ISAT testing? Below are two links to sample each type of test. I have not yet tried them myself, but wanted to make them available to BlaineParents readers. I’ll be trying my hand at them later today.
There have been some comments in the Mt. Express and here regarding the public comment portion of the BCSD January meeting. For those interested, the webcast has been posted to the BlaineSchools.org website. The time in the meeting of the comments are as follows:
I attended tonight’s BCSD Board of Trustees meeting. Following are the comments I made regarding Paul Bates’ resignation. Board Public Statement Policy requires that speakers not refer to people by name, hence my referring to Paul Bates as “the former Chairman of the Board” in this statement.
BCSD announced this morning that an online survey in both English and Spanish is available to the community.
Ongoing news regarding the BCSD Superintendent search can be found here.
Kudos to the Trustees and to the District for making the search for a new superintendent both nationwide and participatory for the entire community.