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Melba superintendent Andy Grover joins crowded GOP race for state schools chief

Andy Grover, superintendent of the Melba School District, announced his candidacy today for state superintendent of schools, joining an already crowded GOP primary race. Idaho Education News reports that Grover’s Statehouse announcement drew a crowd of nearly 100 that included Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde, Garden Valley Superintendent Randy Schrader and many others.

If elected, Grover said his priority would be to implement the 20 recommendations from the governor’s education improvement task force. “That will require serious leadership and I’m the person who can lead this effort,” he said; click here for the full Idaho EdNews report from reporter Jennifer Swindell. Already in the GOP race are middle school principal Randy Jensen of American Falls; school administrator Sherri Ybarra of Mountain Home, and teacher John Eynon of Cottonwood; Jana Jones of Idaho Falls, former chief deputy to then-state Supt. Marilyn Howard, is the only announced Democratic candidate thus far.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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