HAILEY — Blaine County School District assistant superintendent John Blackman will resign in late June and plans to take a new job in Montana.

The district made the announcement last week. Blackman — who has worked in Blaine County for a few decades — is moving to Kalispell, Mont., to become principal of Flathead High School.

“John is known and admired by generations of families in Blaine County, first as an art teacher and football coach, then as an administrator and finally as the assistant superintendent,” Superintendent GwenCarol Holmes said in a statement.

I am grateful to him for his public service to the children of Blaine County, whom he cares so deeply about. We should all be as committed to the success of the students of this district as he has been.”

Blackman was hired in 1984 as an art teacher and became Wood River High School assistant principal in 2001.

He was principal of Wood River High beginning in 2007 and was hired as assistant superintendent of the Blaine County School District in 2010.

Blackman also worked as interim superintendent for a year prior to Holmes being hired.

The school district has about 3,400 students in preschool-through-12th grades.