West Ada board chairman resigns; district hires Little’s former education aide as spokesperson
A familiar face in Idaho education circles will take over as spokesperson for the state’s largest school district.
During this time, the chairman of the board of directors of the same district retires.
Both changes surfaced at a West Ada School District board meeting on Monday night:
Greg Wilson named spokesperson
Gov. Brad Little’s former point of contact on education issues is the district’s new director of communications. Superintendent Derek Bub introduced Greg Wilson and his new role on the board Monday night, touting Wilson’s experience, including his time as a senior education policy adviser to the governor.
“He has a broad background in Idaho education,” Bub told the board.
Wilson replaces former West Ada communications director Char Jackson. Wilson’s hiring comes just months after leaving Little’s office to join a private out-of-state firm that received a $3.5 million untendered data management contract from the State at the time of his departure. Click here for a timeline of these events.
Wilson told EdNews on Monday that leaving the governor’s office felt right at the time, but he eventually realized his “heart was still in education.”
Wilson told EdNews his salary will start at $117,700. West Ada Community Liaison Niki Scheppers said Wilson has yet to sign a contract with the district and cannot confirm her salary, although she should be able to do so in the “next few days”.
Wilson presented himself to the council. His wife, a school psychologist, and his two children aged 3 and 7 were also present on Monday.
Board chairman Rusty Coffelt is leaving the board, he announced in a resignation letter Monday.
Coffelt, appointed to the board last year, said “family matters” would take him out of state and prevent him from completing his term, which was due to end in January 2024.
“I am resigning my position tonight for no other reason than a need to focus on certain personal family matters which will require me to leave the State of Idaho,” Coffelt wrote in the letter, attached to the Monday board meeting agenda.
When Coffelt was elected chairman of the board in January, he revealed he may have to step down by the end of summer this year to care for his aging parents, EdNews previously reported. .
“Having said that, I am ready to fill the position of president. I believe I can be effective in this role and continue this council’s mission to provide the best education for our children,” he said at the time. .
A wave of director resignations made Coffelt’s 16-month term the second-longest on the board, behind Rene Ozuna, who has served since 2016. Directors Lori Frasure and Angie Redford were sworn in in January of this year, and Lucas Baylon was named the five-member board last month.
“I find myself sad to cut short the opportunity to work alongside such incredible people, but also filled with great optimism for the future of this school district,” Coffelt wrote in his resignation letter.
The council is due to meet at 6 p.m. Monday and accept the resignation of the retired fire chief, which will be effective at the end of the meeting.
The Idaho statesman first signaled the resignation.
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