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Josh Ashton

Josh Ashton

RUPERT — Minico High School will have a new principal for the 2018-2019 school year.

Josh Ashton has been hired as principal after serving as assistant principal at the school for three years.

“I love being a part of this community,” he said in a statement issued by the district. “I aspire to provide our young people with the best education possible and to motivate teachers to be the best.”

He will replace Suzette Miller who will move to the district service center to serve as the director of secondary student achievement.

She has been principal at the school for six years.

“My time at Minico High School has been both rewarding and challenging,” she said. “I am proud of what our team has accomplished these past six years. I will certainly miss working with these dedicated and talented individuals on a daily basis. I am looking forward to my next challenge and am thankful for the opportunity to continue to serve the students, staff and patrons of Minidoka County.”

Ashton taught at Oakley High School and for two years prior at MHS before becoming the assistant principal. He is also a major in the U.S. Army Reserve where he has been a commissioned officer for 13 years.

“I believe that my greatest strength as a principal is to bring people together in a common purpose,” he said.

He recently began building a new leadership team and has recommended Laurie Copmann as assistant principal.

Copmann has been the principal at Rupert Elementary School for 12 years but was the assistant principal at Minico for six years and has experience as a high school counselor.

She recognizes the need for teamwork in a building’s leadership.

“In my opinion the most effective way to make progress in any area is to build a strong team. In pursuing the change to MHS, I am looking forward to working closely with the staff, guiding the students to success, as well as building a collaborative community with parents, staff and students,” Copmann said. “I will miss the amazing team at Rupert Elementary School. I know the students, staff and parents will be in good hands with Mrs. Angela Davidson.”

MHS’s administrative leadership team will include Kimberley Kidd, assistant principal.

“There are a lot of great things going on at Minico and we want those things to continue to improve,” said Superintendent Ken Cox. “An effective leadership team is the foundation of an effective school and I believe that this team will be able to continue the progress that has been made at Minico under the leadership of Mrs. Miller.”


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