Tuesday, October 1, 2013

'Difference in Philosophy' Triggers Departure of Blaine County School Superintendent

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Officials with the Blaine County School District are keeping tight-lipped about the departure of their school superintendent. The bottom line is: Ex-Superintendent Lonnie Barber is leaving with three years left on his contract and a mutual agreement was reached between Barber and the district so that he would leave sooner than later.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that a district spokeswoman said Barber's departure was due to a "difference in philosophy" between Barber and the District Board.

John Blackman, the district's assistant superintendent and director of human resources, has been named interim superintendent.

Two district trustees said that the terms of the separation would not be released to the public immediately because it could "possibly undermine settlement negotiations between the district and McKinstry Essention."

McKinstry is currently entangled in a lengthy legal battle with the district, with McKinstry claiming it performed $26 million dollars worth of construction while the district claims it only authorized work worth $18.6 million. Both parties have filed civil complaints against each other. The case is scheduled for a jury trial in April, 2014.

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