Saturday, November 1, 2014

Was Boise School Board Trustee Resignation Politically Motivated?

Posted By on Sat, Nov 1, 2014 at 11:11 AM

With fellow school board members accusing her of a late-hour election stunt—presumably casting a shadow over Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff—Boise School District Trustee Joan Boren unleashed a stunner late Friday in her resignation from the board.

"I am no longer willing to be a part of a board that surrenders its responsibilities to provide oversight and governance on behalf of citizens and taxpayers," wrote Boren, who was eleced to a six-year term to the board in 2010.

Jennifer Swindell of IdahoEd News broke the story Oct. 31 that got a lot of people talking, beginning with current and former school board members. Rory Jones, who served with Boren for more than two years, guessed that Boren's resignation "was timed around Tuesday's general election," according to IdahoEd News.

"Although it's not very smart since the debates are over," said Jones. "Of all the people I have served with, she understood the board the least."

In particular, Boren said the board had done a poor job engaging with outside sources before making important decisions. She also criticized the board for "discouraging and muting" differing opinions of board members. 

Balukoff, who stepped down from his post as board president to focus on his challenge to Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, had no immediate comment. He remains a trustee on the board.

As of this morning, Boren's bio was still listed as a trustee on the board's website.

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