Blaine County extends superintendent’s contract

GwenCarol Holmes
GwenCarol Holmes

The superintendent of the Blaine County School District will be under contract through 2019.

Trustees on Nov. 17 voted unanimously to give GwenCarol Holmes a three-year contract extension, which will go into effect July 1.

“The Board has full confidence in Dr. Holmes and looks forward to continuing down the path she began when she arrived.  We appreciate her leadership and vision for the children in our community,” board chairman Shawn Bennion said in a statement. “We have confidence in her ability to lead us toward a bright future for Blaine County students.”

Holmes was hired in April 2014, months after the Blaine County district parted ways with Lonnie Barber and awarded the former superintendent a $600,000 settlement.

Holmes was the highest paid superintendent in Idaho in 2014-15, receiving a $168,000 salary.

More reading: Click here to see how Holmes’ benefits compare to other superintendents in large school districts.