The newest member of the Blaine County School District Board of Trustees says he had no idea that he was enrolling his son in a school that is not part of the district that he holds sway over.
This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that local attorney Richard Roberts was selected May 27 to fill a vacancy on the Blaine County school board, but at a special meeting held June 2, it was learned that Roberts was transferring his 8-year-old son from Hailey Elementary to the Syringa Mountain School, a private charter.
Making things more interesting will be the fact that Roberts' first trustee meeting—next Tuesday, June 10—will include a discussion of whether private Syringa students be allowed to use district buses for transportation to and from school.
Roberts insists that he was "blindsided" when he learned that Syringa was not part of the district, according to the Mountain Express.
"Now I know," he told the Mountain Express. "It was really frustrating. I did not want to be a distraction. My point is I'm here to help. I want to contribute my energy, my knowledge and my experience."