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February 18, 2010

(Boise). On a unanimous 7-0 vote, the Idaho State Board of Education approved a second reading to a revision in Board policy that will give campus administrators more flexibility in dealing with the ever changing financial shortfalls on Idaho’s public university and college campuses.

“We face financial crises like we’ve never seen in our lifetimes,” said Board Vice-President and Finance Committee Chairman Richard Westerberg. “We must give the people we’ve entrusted the day-to-day operation of our colleges/universities every available tool to effectively and efficiently manage these complex institutions.”

The Board, as part of its agenda, approved appointments to its sub-committee on secondary school restructuring. Members of the committee include: Board member Emma Atchley, a former school teacher and local school board member in Fremont County, Scott Crane, superintendent of the Blackfoot School District, Anne Ritter, member of the Meridian School Board, Gary Johnstone, Federal Programs Director in the Vallivue School District, Bill Parrett, Director of the Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies at Boise State University and Marybeth Flachbart, Deputy Superintendent, Idaho State Department of Education.

An Accountability Oversight Committee was also established. The AOC will be an essential part of the Board’s newly emphasized role in oversight of Idaho’s assessments rather than day to day operations. The committee will have two SBOE members, which will be appointed by the Board president. In addition, the Superintendent of Public Instruction will serve on the committee. Also appointed to the committee, at the recommendation by the Governor were: Christine Donnell, former superintendent of the Meridian Joint School District #2 and executive director of the Idaho Business Coalition for Excellence in Education, Senator John Goedde of Coeur d’Alene, Chairman of the Idaho Senate Education Committee, Sharon Parry of Idaho Falls, who has been a member of the Idaho Falls City Council and School District 91 and Jackie Thomason, Director of Accountability and Assessment, Meridian Joint School District #2. Donnell will serve as the chairman of the committee.

The next regularly scheduled meeting for the Idaho State Board of Education is set for Monday, April 5, 2010 in Boise. This meeting is tentatively scheduled for the auditorium in the West Wing on the Garden Level of the Idaho State Capitol Building, starting at 9:00am MST. The Board will set fees/tuition rates for the 2010/2011 academic year for each of the five public colleges/universities it oversees at this meeting.

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