Process begins to select College of Eastern Idaho trustees

BOISE — The State Board of Education has announced the process for selecting trustees to govern the new College of Eastern Idaho — and Bonneville County officials have submitted most of the paperwork required at the local end.

On May 16, Bonneville County voters supported a plan to convert Eastern Idaho Technical College into a two-year community college. The county certified the election results Tuesday, the first step in the process of filling the five-member governing board.

Bonneville County officials divided the county into five trustee zones Wednesday and submitted their map to the State Board for approval, fulfilling the second procedural step.

“I just barely received the map from the county,” State Board spokesman Blake Youde said Wednesday afternoon. “We are now working it into the agenda for the June 15 meeting.”

If the State Board approves the trustee zones, the board will invite applicants to submit resumes and cover letters.

The State Board will select one trustee per zone by mid-July, Youde said. The inaugural trustees will serve until November 2018, when the college will hold its first trustee elections.

Idaho’s fourth community college hopes to open in August.

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