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Dustin Heath

Dustin Heath

RUPERT — The Minidoka County School District hired new principals for the coming school year for both middle schools.

Dustin Heath, the former principal of Mountain View Elementary School in Burley, was hired as the new principal at West Minico Middle School, the district said in a statement.

Heath was principal of the Burley school for four years. He will replace Tim Perrigot, who was principal of the school for six years. Perrigot accepted a position as the Wendell School District superintendent.

“Dustin’s enthusiasm and energy will be great for the students and staff at West Minico,” Superintendent Ken Cox said. “He has some big shoes to fill in continuing the work that Dr. Perrigot has done, but I am sure he is up to the task.”

Heath wants to continue the great things already happening at West Minico, like the innovative technology integration and competitive athletics program. He also wants to work with East Minico Middle School to share ideas for student success.

“Over the last few years, I have learned the importance of listening to my students, their parents and my employees,” Heath said. “When concerns arise, I believe strongly in involving all stakeholders in any final decisions.”

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Terry Merrill

Terry Merrill

Terry Merrill was hired as the new principal at East Minico. He was assistant principal at the school for three years. Merrill said he loves coming to work each day, and he cherishes the respectful and caring relationships he has developed with students and staff at the school.

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“…I like the challenges that help me to grow as a professional and as an individual,” he said. “I have always felt that East Minico is a great school, and each year it seems to get better.”

He has been a teacher or assistant principal at the school for his entire 31 years in education.

“Terry’s familiarity with the community, staff and parents will definitely be a benefit to him as he takes on this new leadership role,” Cox said. “He has a lot to offer as he continues the work of strengthening the school and moving it forward.”

He will replace Bryan McKinney, who will take a position as a K-6 principal in Aberdeen, Washington.

“I cannot say enough about how much I appreciate the work Mr. McKinney has done in working with the students and staff at East Minico,” Cox said. “There was some skepticism in bringing in an outsider years ago, but Bryan was able to work with the staff and students to make a good school even better.”

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