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

Devin was formerly a senior reporter and editor for Idaho Education News and now works for INL in communications.

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