Council superintendent resigns amid investigation

The Council School Board unanimously accepted the resignation of superintendent Clete Edmunson at a board meeting Monday night. The move comes amid pending litigation and a school board investigation, according to draft meeting minutes obtained by EdNews.

Trustees voted after a 10-minute executive session.

The board also voted to hire a third-party investigator to look into matters related to a tort claim filed with the school district. The nature of the tort claim is, as of now, unclear. EdNews filed a public records request with the Council School Board to obtain the tort claim.

Edmunson has led Council since 2018. He was born and raised on the family farm in Council and graduated from the high school in 1984.

He made the move to Council after resigning as principal of New Plymouth High School amid a district investigation, and weeks of heated school politics. That investigation never resolved — Edmunson’s resignation came with a separation agreement that stopped it.

Edmunson also served in the Idaho Legislature from 2003-2008, and later became a special adviser to then-Gov. Butch Otter.

The topic of the ongoing investigation in Council is unclear. Check back for updates.

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Sadie Dittenber

Sadie Dittenber

Reporter Sadie Dittenber focuses on K-12 policy and politics. She is a College of Idaho graduate, born and raised in the Treasure Valley. You can follow Sadie on Twitter @sadiedittenber and send her news tips at [email protected].

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