West Ada board chair steps down; district hires Gov. Little’s former schooling aide

A well-known face in Idaho schooling circles will take over as spokesman for the state’s largest faculty district. In unrelated information, the identical district’s board chair is stepping down.

Each modifications surfaced throughout a busy board assembly on the West Ada Faculty District Monday evening:

Greg Wilson named spokesman

Gov. Brad Little’s former level individual on schooling points is the district’s new chief communications officer. Superintendent Derek Bub launched Greg Wilson and his new position to the board Monday evening, touting Wilson’s expertise, together with his time as senior schooling coverage advisor to the governor.

“He has a variety of expertise in Idaho schooling,” Bub advised the board.

Greg Wilson

Wilson replaces West Ada’s former chief communications officer Char Jackson. Wilson’s hiring comes simply months after he left Little’s workplace to affix a non-public, out-of-state agency that obtained a $3.5 million no-bid knowledge administration contract from the state across the time of his departure. Click on right here for a timeline of these occasions.

Wilson advised EdNews Monday that leaving the governor’s workplace felt proper on the time, however that he finally realized his “coronary heart was nonetheless in schooling.”

Wilson advised EdNews his wage would begin at $117,700. West Ada group liaison Niki Scheppers stated Wilson has not signed a contract with the district but and that she couldn’t verify his wage, although she ought to be capable of within the “subsequent few days.”

Wilson launched himself to the board. His spouse, a college psychologist, and two kids had been additionally in attendance Monday.

Coffelt steps down

Board chairman Rusty Coffelt is stepping down from the board, he introduced in a resignation letter Monday.

Coffelt, appointed to the board final yr, stated “household issues” will take him out of state and forestall him from ending his time period, which was set to run by way of January of 2024.

Rusty Coffelt

“I resign my place this night for no different motive than a have to concentrate on some private household issues that can require me to depart the State of Idaho,” Coffelt wrote within the letter, connected to the board’s Monday assembly agenda.

When Coffelt was elected board chair in January, he disclosed that he could need to vacate the position by late summer time of this yr to take care of his getting older mother and father, EdNews beforehand reported.

“With that stated, I’m prepared to satisfy the place of chairman. I feel I may be efficient in that position and proceed this mission this board has of offering the perfect schooling for our youngsters,” he stated on the time.

A rash of trustee resignations has left Coffelt’s 16-month tenure the second longest on the board, behind Rene Ozuna, who has been in workplace since 2016. Trustees Lori Frasure and Angie Redford had been sworn in January of this yr, and Lucas Baylon was appointed to the five-member board final month.

“I discover myself unhappy that I’m chopping quick the chance to work alongside such wonderful folks, but in addition stuffed with nice optimism for the way forward for this faculty district,” Coffelt wrote in his resignation letter.


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