School Board Meeting 2.21.23

Thursday, March 16, 2023

The Mountain Home School District Board meeting kicked off by approving the consent agenda which included policy review, travel requests, and more. Following this approval, a representative of the Mountain Home Education Association spoke to the Board.

Superintendent Gilbert gave his report to the board and all those in attendance. He highlighted Idaho legislation that could have a large impact on the district such as a bill proposed by Representative Joe Alfieri (R) that would eliminate March and August election dates. He voiced his concern about the governor’s support for a transition from funding based on enrollment to active daily attendance. Gilbert noted that this would significantly impact the funds received by the MHSD.

Speaking on the somewhat contentious aftermath of the Mountain Home High School lockdown that took place, Mr. Gilbert stated that all law enforcement agencies involved are, “..addressing it internally” and stated that there was “Communication breakdown between the three agencies”. However, Mr. Gilbert likewise expressed that he felt optimistic that the events that took place “sparked important conversation.”

Following Superintendent Gilbert’s remarks, Vice-Chair Ralph Binion took a moment to further update the board on active Idaho legislation that could effect the MHSD. He included legislation that would set School Board members term lengths to two years, and would require School Board candidates to declare a political party.

The board then voted unanimously to approve all proposed policy revisions and open enrollment applications.

The meeting concluded after an executive session. The next school board meeting will take place on March 15, 2023.

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