Barber’s Blaine contract worth $680,000

The total value of former Blaine County School District Superintendent Lonnie Barber’s contract was worth approximately $680,000 at the time he left the district last week.

Lonnie Barber
Lonnie Barber

On Friday, the Idaho Mountain Express reported Blaine County School District officials released some information this week on Barber’s contract.

At the time he left the district, Barber’s annual salary was $186,526. His deal included 33 months worth of salary for the remainder of the contract term, as well as his benefits package.

Benefits included health insurance, a $250,000 life insurance policy, paid leave and $21,000 in annual contributions to Barber’s Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho package, the newspaper reporter.

Barber was under contract through July 1, 2016 and details of his separation package have yet to be released.

On Sept. 27, Blaine County trustees voted unanimously to approve a separation agreement with Barber, which became effective immediately. Assistant Superintendent/ Director of Human Resources John Blackman was appointed interim superintendent, and trustees plan a nationwide search to identify Barber’s successor.

So far, Blaine trustees and officials have declined to say what led to Barber suddenly leaving the district when he had nearly three years remaining on his contract.