SDE names new communications director

Mary McFarland, a former Eagle City Council member and publisher of the Eagle Informer, will be the new communications chief for Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra.

Mary McFarland, courtesy of the State Department of Education.

According to a Thursday news release, McFarland was elected to Eagle City Council in 2011 and served a four year term,  owned the roofing company M Squared Specialty Roofing in Eagle and published community magazine the Eagle Informer between 2008 and 2018. Running as a Republican, she also launched an unsuccessful bid for Ada County Commissioner in 2020.

McFarland, an Idaho native, replaces former communications director Karlynn Laraway, who left for a job in the private sector last month. According to her LinkedIn account, Laraway is now a program manager at Cambium Assessment, which creates online testing for K-12 students. Prior to her job as communications director, Laraway ran the SDE’s assessment and accountability division.

McFarland grew up in Twin Falls and attended the University of Idaho.

About Sami Edge

Reporter Sami Edge, a University of Oregon graduate, joined Idaho Education News in 2019. She is a 2019 Education Writers Association fellow reporting on Latino student outcomes in Idaho. She also is a 2019 American Press Institute fellow. She can be reached at [email protected].

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