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Bonneville School District 93 inches closer to decisions

Bonneville Joint School District 93 held a work session Wednesday afternoon. Board members discussed key items, such as a proposed bond and updates on the superintendent search.

The school board has decided not to move forward with the proposed bond in the March election.

Chairman Paul Jenkins said the board wants more input from the community. The board also hopes to see more community meetings in the future.

“We feel that March is just a little bit fast,” Jenkins said. “We want to have a little more information, both from the public and from the architects, so that we have better idea on the cost and the design.”

The bond would look at building a new elementary school, improve the special needs programs around the district and renovate Bonneville High School and Hillcrest High School.

The board took a tour of all three high schools earlier this month. Jenkins said that they specifically took a look at the schools’ science centers.

“We want to have the best possible learning situation and we need to improve particularly our science areas at both Bonneville and Hillcrest,” Jenkins said.

The school district also focused at the work session on updates on the superintendent search that is underway.

The board is asking for public input from patrons.

A special meeting will be held by the board of trustees for the community to come discuss the types of characteristics and traits they hope to find in a superintendent. Patrons may also suggest questions the board should ask candidates.

The special meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Thunder Ridge High School.

“We have to be able to find someone who has the capabilities, the education, the strength in finances and curriculum,” Jenkins said. “All of those areas which are (obligatory) for a good superintendent. We don’t want just a good superintendent, we want the best we could possibly find.”

The district’s search is being assisted by the Idaho School Board Association.

Current Superintendent Chuck Shackett is set to retire after the 2018-19 school year. Shackett has been part of Bonneville Joint School District 93 for 18 years.

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