Ybarra names special education director

Superintendent-elect Sherri Ybarra continued to fill key positions on her administration team Wednesday, hiring a special education director.

Ybarra hired Charlotte Silva, whose 30-year career in education most recently includes service as the Boise Independent School District’s special education supervisor.

“The hiring of Dr. Silva demonstrates the commitment this administration and I will make to all of Idaho students,” Ybarra in a news release. “Students who enter Idaho’s education system with special needs face unique and difficult challenges every day. I believe Dr. Silva is an education professional whose experience will make a considerable contribution for all our special needs students. We are excited to have her join the administration.”

Ybarra is set to be sworn in on Jan. 5, succeeding outgoing Superintendent Tom Luna. In the meantime, Silva will work on transitioning to office with current Special Education Director Bonnie Gallant.

Silva has worked as a counseling teacher, university professor and special education supervisor at the district level.

Earlier this month, Ybarra announced that former Nampa interim superintendent Pete Koehler will serve as her interim chief deputy. Former Mountain Home Republican Sen. Tim Corder will take on the role of special assistant to the superintendent – a full-time position.

Perhaps tellingly, none of Ybarra’s three hires has worked in Luna’s administration.

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