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Jerome school board identifies superintendent replacement
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Jerome school board identifies superintendent replacement

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New school in Jerome

Jerome School District Superintendent Dale Layne speaks to community members on the configuration of a potential new school. 

JEROME — The Jerome School District is a step closer to hiring a new superintendent.

During a meeting on Wednesday, the school board voted to offer a contract to Pat Charlton, who has worked as the superintendent of the Vallivue School District for the past 10 years. In November, Charlton announced his resignation from the district, effective June 30.

The Jerome school board made the decision to offer Charlton the job in an open session after interviewing Charlton in executive session, which is closed to the public. District Clerk Lorri Prescott said in an email that the board did not vote on the details of the contract, such as pay and length.

The district began its search for a superintendent after Dale Layne, who has filled the role since 2009, announced his retirement in February. Layne has been with the district for 30 years, and prior to becoming superintendent, served as the principal at Jefferson Elementary School.

In a letter to the board, Layne said he has mixed emotions about ending his tenure with the district.

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“It is difficult to leave a position that I enjoy and will miss working with our wonderful staff, administrators and school board,” the letter states.

The Buhl School District is also in the process of finalizing its hiring of a new superintendent. On March 15, the district’s school board voted in favor of offering a two-year contract with an annual salary of $110,000 to David Carson, who currently serves as the superintendent of the Hansen School District.

Wil Overgaard has served as the Buhl School District’s interim superintendent since July, after the board voted to part ways with former Superintendent Ron Anthony.

Prior to this vote, the Idaho Professional Standards Commission reprimanded Anthony for falsifying records in reports to the State Department of Education.

As the nation approaches the one-year mark since most public schools were shut because of the pandemic, the push is on to reopen them completely. Only about 40 percent of children K-12 are in classrooms 5 days a week now according to the reopening tracker Burbio. The pressure is on from parents and the Biden administration."The default position is that we should try to do everything we can to get the children back to school, safely for the children and safely for the teachers and other educational personnel," Dr. Anthony Fauci said.And the faculty? The head of the American Federation of Teachers weighed in on Sunday. "I just did a survey of my membership, and 85 percent have said that they would be comfortable being in school if they had the kind of testing, layered mitigation and vaccine prioritization," Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said. But Fauci said vaccines for teachers should not be a deal-stopper. "We're saying we're doing whatever we can to protect the safety of the children and the teachers. but it's not a requirement. It's a priority but it's not a requirement for the teachers to get back into school."President Biden has vowed to have most open by late April...the first 100 days of his administration. He wants additional dollars to help schools follow CDC school guidelines."Every school in the country doesn't have the funding and we need to, from the federal government, help address that." 

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