Marsh Valley narrows superintendent search to five

ARIMO — The Marsh Valley School Board has narrowed its search for a new superintendent to five.

The candidates, vying to replace longtime superintendent Marvin Hansen, include current and former superintendents of other Idaho school districts, a teacher and Utah educators.

The search for Hansen’s replacement follows his demotion to an interim role after trustees disciplined him for ethical violations.

The candidates are:

  • Joel Wilson, superintendent in the Butte County School District since 2015. Prior to that, Wilson spent four years as the Preston superintendent.

    From Left: Wilson, Foote, Tucker, Anthony, Hales
  • Joey Foote, former superintendent of the Salmon School District who works as a teacher-placement coordinator at Utah Valley University.
  • Gary Tucker, principal at Utah-based Summit academy.
  • Ronald Anthony, former superintendent of the Buhl School District. He left Buhl in June after the Idaho Professional Standards Commission disciplined him for submitting inaccurate teacher data to the state.
  • Nichole Hales, a teacher at Irving Middle School in Pocatello. Hales did not respond to a request for her prior work in education.

Marsh Valley School Board chair Kevin Fonnesbeck did not respond to questions about the candidates or whether patrons will have a chance to meet them during the search process.

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