TWIN FALLS – After more than 13 years as superintendent of the Twin Falls School District, Wiley Dobbs may soon have a building named in his honor.
Twin Falls school trustees heard a proposal Monday night to name its Main Avenue West office after Dobbs, who is retiring Sept. 1.
It’s a way to honor the leader of south-central Idaho’s largest school district, with about 9,300 students. Dobbs has deep connections to Twin Falls: It’s where he grew up and spent his career.
“I support the idea,” trustee Mary Barron said. “I like it.”
Trustees discussed naming options, including the “Wiley J. Dobbs Administration Building.”
After a brief presentation by trustee Bryan Matsuoka, trustees decided to put the item on its work session agenda July 26 to make a decision on naming the building.
Dobbs started as superintendent in 2003. He’s staying in the position until Sept. 1.
His contract overlaps with new superintendent Brady Dickinson — who took over July 1 — to help with the transition.
Dickinson told the board he could bring examples of bronze recognition plaques to a future meeting.
Board chairman Bernie Jansen said it would likely cost about $1,000 for a plaque, but naming the building would set a precedent, so all the board members need to be in agreement.
During their meeting, trustees also:
Swore in new trustee Todd Hubbard.
The civil engineer won the May election for the Zone 3 seat, which covers mostly northwest Twin Falls. He replaces Liyah Babayan, who served on the board since August 2014.
Appointed Jansen as board chairman and Matsuoka as vice chairman — a continuation of the roles they’ve already been filling.
The decisions were part of the annual board organizational meeting, held each summer.
Awarded $427,590.47 in food service bids.
The vendors will provide canned foods, frozen meats and products, non-food items and equipment starting Aug. 1 and continuing through Jan. 29.
The total amount is broken up among several vendors: $352,916.75 to Food Service of America, $26,305.66 to Nicholas and Co., $10,677.40 to Food Services of America, $17,475.25 to Gem State Paper & Supply, $3,178.35 to US Foods and $17,037.06 to Northwest Distribution & Storage.
It’s a $40,000 to $50,000 overall increase, federal programs director Bill Brulotte said. That factors in an additional school — South Hills Middle School — opening in August.
Heard a facilities update report.
Ryan Bowman, a former Buhl High School principal, started earlier this month as the school district’s new director of operations.
South Hills Middle School has been hit with a labor shortage with construction crews, Dickinson said, but remaining projects will be completed in time for students to arrive in mid-August.
“It’s a mad push right now,” he said.
There’s an issue with the lettering on the building with the school’s name, Dickinson said. It currently reads: South Hill Middle School.
He said he has been told the issue will be corrected and the school will be “properly labeled.”
A Magic Valley High School remodel is underway, which includes a larger cafeteria and a few more classrooms by relocating the school district’s food service storage area.
Dickinson said he’s a little concerned the new classrooms won’t be done by the time the new school year starts.
He said the district will come up with a contingency plan in case the work isn’t finished in time.
Heard a monthly financial report.
The district will have about $2.9 million in carryover funds. The amount has been built up significantly since the economic downturn, Dickinson said, but there’s still work to do.
Over the next several years, he said, the district will commit to improving carryover levels.
Approved a student handbook for Bridge Academy, an alternative middle school.
School trustees are required to approve a school’s handbook anytime substantial changes are made, Dickinson said.
Recognized Bob Seaman, who was named “Idaho Business Official of the Year” by the Idaho Association of School Business Officials.
Approved a job description for a new position, head warehouseman.
Recognized employees of the month from the school district office: Dobbs, administrative assistant Carol Warner, executive secretary to the superintendent/board clerk Michelle Lucas and maintenance employee Pat Laughlin.
Recognized guest teachers of the year, Eugene Voss and Jeri Henley.