Wednesday, December 12, 2012

AP: Blackfoot School Officials Tried to Hide Superintendent's Payout

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

The Associated Press reports that officials with the Blackfoot School Board in eastern Idaho tried to hide a $210,000 payout to its former superintendent.

In response to a lawsuit filed by the Post Register and a former teacher, the Blackfoot School District unveiled its separation agreement, which detailed its sweetheart deal with then-superintendent Scott Crane, reached in April. The records indicate that the school board made two payments—each $105,428—for the remaining two years of his contract, but Crane retired days before the first payment was made.

The AP reports that Blackfoot School Board "tried to hide the document in Crane's personnel file," but 6th District Judge David Nye ruled that the agreement should be made public.

"When an entity is using public funds, they should disclose the use of the public funds," attorney Jared Harris told the AP. "The school board hid its disclosure in every way possible. That's not right."

Crane is now working for the Grand County School District in Moab, Utah. He's expected to receive the second of the two payout payments in July 2013.

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