West Ada School District Superintendent Linda Clark announced today that she is resigning under pressure from new school district trustees, who she said demanded that she stay on until the day after the upcoming Nov. 3 levy election, then resign. “The board’s final offer literally made me ill,” Clark said in a statement. “While I strongly support passage of the levy to pay for our schools, I refuse to be dishonest with the community for a few thousand dollars.”
Idaho Education News has a full report here, including video; trustees told EdNews they didn’t ask Clark to resign. Trustee Russ Joki, who has openly clashed with Clark since taking office on July 1, told EdNews reporter Kevin Richert that Clark’s resignation caught him off guard, and called the timing “hurtful,” saying it could jeopardize passage of the levy.
West Ada is the state’s largest school district; Clark has been with the district for 37 years and has been superintendent for the past 11 years. Gov. Butch Otter this year appointed her to the state Board of Education, a post she said she plans to retain. Clark, 66, said she will retire; she cleaned out her office today and announced her resignation, effective immediately.