Blaine picks superintendent finalists

Dr. GwenCarol Holmes
GwenCarol Holmes
Dr. Richard Canfield
Richard Canfield

The Blaine County School District has named two finalists for its vacant superintendent’s position, and patrons will have a chance to meet them Tuesday.

The finalists are GwenCarol Holmes, chief academic officer of Alexandria Public Schools in Alexandria, Va.; and Richard Canfield, superintendent for Sandwich Public Schools in Cape Cod, Mass. (Here’s more about both of the finalists, from a district news release and from  Julie Wootton of the Twin Falls Times-News.)

The school district will hold a public forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the distance learning lab at Wood River High School in Hailey. The school board hopes to hire a new superintendent by the end of next week.

The post has been vacant since September, when superintendent Lonnie Barber and the district parted ways over what the district called “differences in leadership style and approach.” Barber left with nearly three years left on his contract, and was awarded a $600,000 settlement.

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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