Holmes signs extension in Blaine County

Blaine County Superintendent GwenCarol Holmes will stay on through 2021.

Trustees voted to give Holmes a three-year contract extension, effective July 1.

“Under Dr. Holmes’ leadership the district has improved graduation rates, balanced revenues and expenditures, and is addressing the achievement gap relentlessly,” board chairman Shawn Bennion said in a statement issued Thursday. “We look forward to the next three years under Dr. Holmes’ leadership in positioning Blaine County School District toward becoming the highest performing district in the state of Idaho.”

From 2012-13 through 2015-16, Blaine County was forced to dip into budget reserves to balance the books, and now, the district is trying to hold the line on spending. On Thursday, Bennion praised Holmes for agreeing to a pay freeze.

In 2018-19, Holmes will again make $173,880, a sum that makes her Idaho’s highest-paid superintendent in 2017-18.

Holmes has been Blaine County’s superintendent since 2014.

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