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Bonneville school board discusses key items for future of district

The Bonneville School District 93 board members held a special meeting and work session on Wednesday afternoon at Ucon Elementary School. The board met to continue their discussion on items such as a bond in March and the superintendent search.

The board looked at an outlook of three different proposals of what the bond could look like for 2019. Members talked about when is the right time to ask and for what.

Potential projects include a new elementary school, renovations to multiple schools and relocation of schools.

“Do you want to address the immediate only, or do you want to look ahead and say, “OK, if we’re to do this, address the immediate and the near-term future, would it be cheaper in the long run?'” said Guy Wangsgard, the chief financial and operations officer. “It is just looking at all those different options to determine what’s best for our district and the patrons.”

Another key item on the agenda was the continued discussion of the new superintendent search.

With the help of the Idaho School Board Association (ISBA), School District 93 will be putting out a brochure about the district in hopes of getting more candidates to apply nationwide.

Board members discussed what should go in that brochure, like the minimum salary of the prospective superintendent. The board agreed on a minimum of $140,000, which can still be negotiated.

“Few tweaks, few things we want to make some changes to so that it is ready to go, hopefully, Nov. 1,” said Wangsgard.

The survey questions for the public were also among Wednesday’s discussion. The board and the district want input from patrons on what qualities they would like from the new superintendent.

Lastly, the board discussed what the role is of the advisory committee, which they are still trying to figure out.

The advisory committee has already been picked out and contacted its including, city leaders, business leaders, past educators and past committee members. Board members helped select and recommend people on this committee.

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