BURLEY — The Cassia school board hired new administrators Tuesday for the 2017 – 2018 school year.

The decisions were made during a school board meeting.

All three new administrators will start their new positions on Aug. 1.

David Wagner

Oakley Jr./Sr. High School principal

Wagner will be at OHS from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday to meet teachers and after school from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to introduce himself to members of the community.

Wagner replaces Michael Corbett, who was reassigned to an assistant principal position shared between Dworshak and Mountain View elementary schools, according to a press release issued from the district. Last month a group of Oakley residents and students protested Corbett being reassigned.

He teaches math at Declo High School.

The school board made the final decision for hiring Wagner for the position after a committee of Oakley patrons conducted a screening and interview process for a pool of 23 candidates.

He grew up in Salmon and earned his bachelor’s degree at Idaho State University. He taught high school in Hagerman and Twin Falls before moving to Las Vegas where he taught for 20 years. He spent 11 years as an administrator.

He earned his master’s degree at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Wagner wants to work alongside teachers to provide the best educational opportunities and will serve as an advocate for student achievement and for district resources to help with those goals.

He has been married to his high school sweetheart for 40 years and has three children and nine grandchildren. Outside the classroom he likes to spend time fishing, hunting and playing golf.

Diana Gill

White Pine Elementary School vice principal

“This is an exciting time in education where people are willing to try new things and see if there is something better than what we have been doing,” Gill said.

Gill will replace retiring Ross Barson, who has been at White Pine for 12 years. She was hired from a pool of 39 applicants.

She has been with the district for 24 years and at Mountain View for 21 years.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University and her master’s degree from Western Governors University

She views her role as a way to be a positive influence in children’s lives.

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When she is not in the classroom she like to camp, hike, travel and read. She and her husband have two grown daughters.

Todd Shumway

Cassia High School principal

“Working with a child isn’t about the moment,” Shumway said, “it’s about helping the student see their own capacity and what they can accomplish.”

Shumway will replace retiring Laurie Heward. Heward has been with the district for 35 years.

Shumway was hired from a pool of 30 applicants.

An Idaho native, he has been in education for 22 years. He taught at Preston High School for 13 years and was the principal at Prairie and Melba high schools before he returned to purse a doctorate degree in educational research evaluations and assessments at Brigham Young University.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

He and his wife and their family of two high school age children will move to the area from Utah. The couple also has three grown children.

Shumway also enjoys hobby farming, 4H, FFA and raising animals. His wife is a librarian and they both enjoy reading.

He wants to make a difference in lives of students, today and in the future.


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