Gooding makes offer on superintendent’s job

Butte County Superintendent Spencer Larsen has accepted a job offer as Gooding School District superintendent — pending board approval on June 9.

“I’m looking forward to working at a bigger district,” said Larsen, who also served as principal in Butte County. “I can concentrate my focus on being a superintendent and not wearing so many hats.”

Gooding trustee Jim Brockman confirmed Larsen was offered the job but emphasized Larsen’s hiring is still pending board approval.

“I’m excited to be going to Gooding,” said Larsen. “My wife and I plan to move there.”

The Butte County superintendent’s position has been open for about a week and the board has received about 10 applications, said Larsen.

Spencer Larsen is the son of Gary Larsen, the longtime Nampa School District superintendent who resigned in 2012 amidst a financial crisis. Gary Larsen now works for BYU-Idaho.

Gooding has had its share of problems — and is hiring its fourth superintendent in a year. Superintendent Mary Larson abruptly resigned in February amidst conflict with staff and less than a year after she was hired. Ed Simons has been serving as the interim superintendent since Larson’s resignation. Heather Williams resigned as superintendent in January of 2014 but led the district until July 2014. Williams now directs the Idaho Leads Project, a professional development program housed under the College of Education at Boise State University, and she is a professor in BSU’s Educational Leadership program.

Spencer Larsen is scheduled to start his new job July 1, pending board approval.

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