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D91 Board of Trustees moves forward in choosing new superintendent


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IDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Falls Board of Trustees held a special school board meeting Monday morning to discuss the next steps in the superintendent search process.

After more than an hour of discussion, the board voted to authorize the Idaho School Boards Association to reach out to James Shank and arrange a follow-up interview. Shank and Eric Pingrey were named finalists for the superintendent position and both visited the district last Monday.

The board selected Pingrey as D91’s new superintendent on Tuesday, but he withdrew his acceptance of D91’s offer on Friday and took a job with McCall-Donnelly School District 421 in western Idaho.

Shank is currently the superintendent of Cassia County Schools in Burley. Before that, he was superintendent at Coupeville School District in Coupeville, Washington, and superintendent at Juab School District in Nephi, Utah.

He was also the director of special education for the Coupeville School District, and a principal in the Idaho Falls and Aberdeen school districts. He has a bachelor’s degree in special education, a master’s degree in educational leadership and a doctoral degree in education leadership.

The school board contracted with ISBA to conduct its superintendent search after Supt. George Boland announced his plans to retire at the end of the school year.