Blaine County critics plan ‘leadership crisis meetup’

Organizers are calling it a “leadership crisis meetup:” a chance for parents, students and teachers to speak up about problems in the Blaine County School District.

And an unusual bipartisan political coalition will be there Monday night — only to listen.

“This is a purple event,” organizers said in a meeting announcement. “Meaning it is nonpartisan. Leave the red-blue nonsense behind. We all have a keen interest in restoring joy, vitality, accountability — and great educational outcomes — to our beloved school district.”

Four elected officials have agreed to attend: Republican Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin; Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum; Rep. Muffy Davis, D-Ketchum; and Blaine County Commissioner Angenie McCleary, a Democrat.

The elected officials will not speak, organizers say. Instead, organizers want five to seven residents to speak, for five minutes apiece. Organizers want speakers to go into specifics “about the (district’s) leadership crisis and how it adversely affects the students, parents, teachers and citizens of the district.” Anyone interested in speaking is asked to email an outline in advance.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Wood River Inn, 603 N. Main St., Hailey. Seating is limited to about 40 people.

In April, two former students filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, saying the district violated their free speech rights. Earlier this month, the district’s human resources director filed a pair of tort claims, a precursor to possible civil suits, alleging that she was the target of a five-month “witch hunt.”

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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