Friday, February 4, 2011

Trustees to consider communications post

Monthly school board meeting set for Tuesday

Express Staff Writer

The Blaine County School District board of trustees will decide at its regular monthly meeting next Tuesday whether to hire Heather Crocker as the district's director of communications.

Crocker, currently executive director of the Blaine County Education Foundation, was selected last month for the job by a 14-member hiring committee. She was one of 22 applicants. The school board approved the hiring of a full-time communications director by a 3-2 vote at its November meeting.

Crocker's appointment is not listed as a specific item on the February meeting agenda. Instead, it's included in the "consent agenda" under an item subtitled "approval of personnel—exiting and entering."

Consent agenda items are rarely discussed in detail by the school board prior to a vote. Approval of the consent agenda is scheduled before two public comment periods listed on the agenda.

The school board opted to hire a new communications director as part of its new endeavor to increase communications and transparency.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the district office at 118 W. Bullion St. in Hailey.

It follows a board executive session scheduled to start at 5 p.m. According to the meeting agenda, the purpose of the executive session is to "consider the evaluation, dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, staff member or individual agent, or public school student."

Agenda items for the public portion of Tuesday's meeting include updates on the district's math and computer skills curriculums and a report from board Chair Julie Dahlgren on pending legislation concerning education in Idaho.

The board will also discuss hiring practices, a "future amendment" to the McKinstry engineering firm contract for geothermal development and approval of a "design/build" team for renovation of the auditorium at the district-owned Community Campus in Hailey.

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