Board Narrows Search For School Chief Three Finalists For Bonner County School District Superintendent Expected To Be Named This Week

Bonner County School District has narrowed its search for a superintendent and expects to name three finalists this week.

A committee of teachers, residents and administrators has sifted through 25 applications. Six of those names have been forwarded to the trustees for their review.

“We had a good group of applicants and the committee worked hard to narrow it down,” said acting Superintendent Leonard Parenteau. “I expect the board will name its final choices at the next meeting.”

Most of the applicants were from outside Idaho, but Parenteau said several people from within the district also applied.

Small committees of teachers, patrons and board members will have the task of going to the finalists’ schools and communities to conduct more extensive interviews. The finalists then will be brought to Sandpoint to be interviewed by the board.

The superintendent, who will make about $70,000 annually, should be appointed by May 9.

Parenteau has been acting superintendent since October when Superintendent Gary Barton resigned. Barton had been accused of unethical conduct by several teachers.

The teachers said Barton had telephoned them at their homes and threatened to hurt them and fire them because of stalled salary negotiations.

One of the teachers, Ray Miller, has filed a tort claim against the district and Barton for $1 million over the alleged harassment.

Parenteau agreed to take the job for one year when Barton resigned. Parenteau said he does not want the superintendent post and plans to retire at the end of this school year.

While the superintendent search continues, the district also is preparing for a trustee election in May.

Terms will expire in May for trustees Cindy Cunningham in the Priest River zone and Chairman Blaine Stevens in the Hope zone.

The deadline for filing candidacy forms is Friday. Stevens already has filed, but Cunningham has said she does not intend to run again.

Candidacy forms can be picked up at the district office on Pine Street. The petitions must be signed by five registered voters within the trustee zone before being filed with the clerk of the board.

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