Blaine County superintendent to step down

HAILEY — Blaine County School District’s embattled superintendent plans to step down when her contract ends at the end of next school year.

GwenCarol Holmes

GwenCarol Holmes announced her pending resignation as a postscript to an email to district staff Monday.

“P.S. So you hear it from me first, I have notified the Board of Trustees that I plan to step down as Superintendent of BCSD on June 30, 2021,” Holmes wrote.

The announcement follows a tumultuous summer for the district—and for Holmes, who surfaced as a defendant in a civil rights case filed by two former Blaine County students last April. In June, local critics gathered over a thousand signatures for an online petition seeking Holmes’ ouster for allegedly creating a culture of fear.

Holmes rounded out Monday’s announcement with praise for the district and a pledge to staff. “I promise you that for the next 14 months, I will be all in as we continue to work together to fulfill the promise to all our students.”

Holmes is Idaho’s highest paid superintendent, with a salary of $180,208.

Blaine County trustees hired Holmes as superintendent in 2014. She previously worked as chief academic officer of public schools in Alexandria, Va.

Devin Bodkin

Devin Bodkin

EdNews assistant editor and reporter Devin Bodkin is a former high school English teacher who specializes in stories about charter schools and educating students who live in poverty. He lives and works in East Idaho. Follow Devin on Twitter @dsbodkin. He can be reached by email at [email protected].

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