Blaine County superintendent leaves district

The Blaine County School District and Superintendent Lonnie Barber have agreed to part ways, effective immediately.  The board voted unanimously on Friday, Sept. 27, to a separation agreement reflective of the superintendent’s contract.

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Lonnie Barber

Barber said, “Working with the staff of the Blaine County School District has been the highlight of my 24-year career in education. I wish the very best to everyone and know that you will all continue to provide an amazing education to the children of the Wood River Valley.”

The board appointed Assistant Superintendent and Director of Human Resources John Blackman as interim superintendent.  Board chairman Paul Bates said the board will begin a national search.

Barber was the superintendent of the Caldwell School District before taking over the district in the Sun Valley area.

Barber was the highest paid superintendent in Idaho, making $158,575 in 2011-12 school year according to State Department of Education data.