Friday, July 15, 2011

Guthrie elected school board chair

Newcomer Nurge named vice chairman

Express Staff Writer

Steve Guthrie Don Nurge

The Blaine County School District board of trustees has a completely different. The "old guard" is gone, replaced by trustees with two years' school board experience at most.

After being elected trustee two years ago, Steve Guthrie is now board chairman, appointed to the position by his fellow trustees at Tuesday's school board meeting. Don Nurge, who won his post by default when no one else filed for election earlier this year, was selected as vice chairman after being impaneled as a new trustee only a few minutes earlier.

Board votes for both appointments were unanimous, and there was no board discussion, giving the impression that the decisions had been made prior to the meeting.

Guthrie places Julie Dahlgren as board chair, and Nurge replaces Daniel Parke as vice chair. Neither Dahlgren nor Parke chose to run for re-election this year.

In addition to Dahlgren and Parke, now gone from the school board of two years ago are Alexandra Sundali, Kim Nilsen and Mary Beth Matthews.

In addition to Guthrie and Nurge, the board is now comprised of Trustees Paul Bates, Kathryn Graves and Shawn Bennion.

Bennion and Nurge took the oath of office as a first order of business for Tuesday's meeting.

Bennion, from Carey, defeated Bellevue resident Hallie Kelly Star in May to win the south county Zone 1 post previously held by Parke.

Nurge ran unopposed to take the Zone 5 post previously held by Dahlgren. Zone 5 encompasses the Sun Valley and east Ketchum areas.

Graves was appointed to her Zone 3 position in 2010 to replace Matthews after her resignation. Graves ran unopposed in May. Zone 3 encompasses the north Hailey area.

Guthrie and Bates won their posts in 2009.

Guthrie defeated Nilsen and attorney James Laski to win Zone 2, representing the south Hailey area.

Bates defeated Sundali to take over the Zone 4 post, representing west Ketchum and northern parts of the county.

"We're all very excited to begin building a new and productive relationship," Guthrie said after assuming his position as board chair.

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