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Otter seeks applicants for State Board of Education opening

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is calling for applications for an opening on the State Board of Education due to the retirement of longtime member Milford Terrell of Boise. Otter’s taking applications through Monday, June 16; Terrell, who is stepping down June 30, has until February of 2017 in his term, so that’s the term the appointee would serve.

Meanwhile, Otter still hasn’t made a decision on another opening on the state board, the one created when he named member Ken Edmunds the director of the state Department of Labor in November. Sixteen people applied for that opening, and the governor is deciding among four finalists, all of whom he’s interviewed. “The governor’s always said about these things, he doesn’t believe in rushing them,” said Otter spokesman Jon Hanian. “He’d much rather take his time and make sure he’s got the right pick than meeting some artificial self-imposed deadline. But given where we are, I don’t think it’s going to be very much longer” ‘til that appointee is named.

The State Board of Education is charged by the Idaho Constitution with overseeing both higher education and the state’s K-12 public schools. It has eight members, including the state superintendent of schools. The seven members appointed by the governor, who serve five-year terms, are required by law to be selected “solely upon consideration of the ability of such appointees efficiently to serve the interests of the people, and education, without reference to locality, occupation, party affiliation or religion.” To be eligible, an applicant must have been a resident of the state for at least three years.

Click below for Otter’s announcement, including application information.

C.L. “Butch” Otter





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                           

May 28, 2014                                                                                                                            




(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter said today that he is accepting applications through Monday, June 16, for the position on the State Board of Education being vacated by Milford Terrell of Boise.

Terrell, president and owner of DeBest Plumbing & Mechanical in Boise, announced in April that he is stepping down from the Board of Education effective June 30. His third term on the Board expires in February 2017.

Information about the State Board of Education can be found at http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/, and applications can be submitted at http://gov.idaho.gov/admin/appointment.html




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