The Blaine County School District board of trustees will hold a special meeting Thursday to make up a training session in constituent communication originally scheduled for last month. 

The topic has been a consistent complaint among district critics—and an occasional source of confusion among members of the school board. The trustees pushed to bring in staff from the Idaho School Boards Association to clarify what can and can’t be discussed outside of open meetings.  

But on Aug. 17, the meeting was canceled. Trustees Ryan Degn and Kevin Garrison couldn’t make the Saturday morning session, prompting the remaining board members to change the topic to a discussion on the role of trustees. Trustee Rob Clayton had heard it before, so he left—leaving Chairman Ellen Mandeville and Trustee Kelly Green without the quorum necessary to hold a meeting.  

This time, the instructor will come to Hailey on a weekday evening: 5:30 p.m. in the district office at 118 W. Bullion St. The meeting is open to the public.  

Thursday’s training marks the middle of a busy week for the trustees, who have three meetings scheduled in a seven-day span.  

They were scheduled to hold a special meeting for a closed executive session after press time Tuesday night. Next week, they’ll hold their regular September board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. in the Minnie Moore Room of the Community Campus. The agenda for that meeting will likely be published on the district’s website later this week.

Email the writer: mdee@mtexpress.com

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