RUPERT • Scott Rogers, nine-year superintendent of the Minidoka County School District, is resigning.

He will start work July 1 as superintendent of the Tooele County School District in Utah.

“We will miss Idaho and the wonderful people and communities,” he said, but the move will allow him to be closer to family in Utah.

The Minidoka School District has about 4,020 students in fewer than 10 schools. In his new position, Rogers will oversee nearly 14,000 students and 28 schools.

An open house to honor Rogers is planned for 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the school district’s service center, 310 10th St., in Rupert.

The Minidoka County school board met last week and again Thursday night to discuss hiring options. Chairman Brian Duncan said the board has decided to look for an interim one-year superintendent.

“The window of opportunity for a successful superintendent search has passed for this year,” he said.

Duncan said the board is looking at internal candidates, and a couple of district employees have expressed interest. The school board hasn’t started doing interviews yet.

In a statement, school board members lauded Rogers for leading the district “through tremendous change and very tough economic times.”

“While keeping the levy rate to patrons at historic lows, Dr. Rogers guided the district through building new elementary schools at Acequia and Heyburn, a multi-purpose building at Paul, as well as continued development on the 20-acre athletic complex at Minico,” according to the statement.

“His focus on academics and student achievement has transformed the district into a model for education in Idaho.”

Before moving to Minidoka County, Rogers was superintendent of the Butte County School District in Arco for three years.

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