JEROME — Jerome High School vice principal and girls basketball coach Jeremy Munroe was recently named the school’s athletic director, replacing Kaly Gillette-Shippen.

Last week, Gillette-Shippen started her new position as vice principal for Mountain View and Dworshak elementary schools in Burley. She left Jerome to be closer to her home in Heyburn and to have more time to raise her three children, she told the Times-News on Wednesday.

“I’ve loved working at Jerome,” she said. “I’m confident things are going to go in a great direction with Jeremy Munroe.”

Gillette-Shippen was one of three co-vice principals at Jerome before she was hired by the Cassia County School District. Munroe and Melissa Rice are the other two.

Munroe, a Filer native, has worked as a teacher and coach at Jerome since 2010. Last year was his first as a vice principal, a position he plans to keep on top of his athletic director and girls basketball coach duties.

“This will be my eighth year in education, and I think all eight years I’ve had some sort of change,” Munroe said Wednesday. “Keeps me on my toes.”

Gillette-Shippen was born in Burley, grew up in Paul and attended Minico High School. Her husband, Ty Shippen, is the athletic director and head boys basketball coach at Minico.

“Planning to dig in and be here,” Gillette-Shippen said. “It’s home.”

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Munroe has wanted to be an athletic director for much of his career. He enjoys working with kids, and thinks sports complement academics well.

Like Gillette-Shippen in Burley, Munroe doesn’t plan to leave Jerome anytime soon.

“Jerome’s been good to me,” he said. “Kaly really set a precedent here with pride, built some things back up, and I hope to continue that.”

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