BURLEY — Cassia County School District Superintendent Gaylen Smyer will retire next year.

The district made the announcement April 24.

Smyer will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

The school board will begin searching for his replacement immediately and the trustees anticipate the search will take most of the upcoming school year. The board wants to hire the position by spring 2018 to ensure a smooth transition.

The Idaho School Boards Association will help the board find a replacement.

The search will involve faculty and community feedback.

Smyer began his teaching career in 1977 in the Cache School District at Sky View High School as an agriculture science instructor. He came to Cassia County in 1979 as the agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Burley High School.

He became the administrator in 1998 at Cassia Regional Technical Center and has been the superintendent of the district since July 2007.

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At his retirement he will have worked for 39 years in education in Idaho.

Smyer was born and raised in Declo and has lived there with his wife and three daughters.

Smyer has served in many local and state capacities over the years, most recently as the president of the Idaho School Superintendent’s Association. He also won the state’s superintendent of the year award in 2017.

The district encompasses 2,577 square miles and includes portions of Oneida County and Twin Falls County. There are 17 schools with a student enrollment of 5,567 students. It is the 13th largest district in the state.

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