Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Meet Idaho's New 'Chief of Schools'

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Welcome to the Sherri Ybarra era.

Fresh from her surprise win to become Idaho's new Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ybarra is having a bit of trouble acknowledging exactly what position she has just claimed.

"I want to give a huge thank you to all of my supporters in Idaho for the most humbling experience of my career and life," wrote Ybarra in a prepared statement issued Wednesday morning. "I am honored and proud because they have entrusted me with the position of Chief of Schools and I will do everything I can to defend that trust."

Yes, you read that correctly. Ybarra called herself "Chief of Schools," and went to the trouble of capitalizing that out-of-the-blue title to make sure that we know how to address her from now on.

Ybarra defeated Democratic challenger Jana Jones by approximately 6,000 votes. For the record, the following counties preferred Ybarra over Jones in Tuesday's general election:

Adams (64.5 percent), Bear Lake (75.4 percent), Benewah (65 percent), Bingham (50.9 percent), Boise (61.5 percent), Bonner (60.6 percent), Boundary (67.7 percent), Butte (57.7 percent), Camas (60.2 percent), Canyon (55.9 percent), Caribou (66.4 percent), Cassia (57.2 percent), Clark (56.9 percent), Clearwater (58.9 percent), Custer (61.3 percent), Elmore (61.5 percent), Franklin (75 percent), Fremont (61.4 percent), Gem (65.4 percent), Gooding (53.4 percent), Idaho (69.5 percent), Jefferson (61.1 percent), Jerome (54.8 percent), Kootenai (62.5 percent), Lemhi (66  percent), Lewis (57.9 percent), Lincoln (50.8 percent), Madison (59.9 percent), Minidoka (55.2 percent), Oneida (71.7 percent), Owyhee (70.4 percent), Payette (62.8 percent), Twin Falls (50.6 percent), Valley (50.2) and Washington (63 percent).

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