The Blaine County School District announced the hiring of a new human resources director last Thursday, almost five months after settling out of court with the previous head.

Brooke Marshall will start her new job Dec. 2, according to Superintendent GwenCarol Holmes. The board of trustees approved Holmes’ recommendation to hire Marshall, currently the support services director for the city of Klamath Falls, Ore., during its regular meeting on Oct. 13.

“Brooke Marshall focuses on learning what each employee’s responsibilities are and what they do in their daily work,” Holmes said in a statement. “Sh`e uses this information to support both employees and the system for continuous improvement.”

Marshall has spent 15 years in the public sector across Oregon and Montana, according to her LinkedIn profile, including time in school district and court administration. Prior to that, she earned both bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Oregon.

In her current role, Marshall heads up HR for the 160 employees of Klamath Falls, a city with a population about that of Blaine County. Beyond that, she also oversees city finances, technology, billing and municipal court, she said.

“This broad experience helps me to truly understand the needs of staff and what I can do to support them, and it will help in my role supporting staff in BCSD schools,” she said in a statement. “I am absolutely thrilled to become part of the BCSD family and bring together my passion for human resources and schools.”

Marshall was selected by a search committee that included Holmes, a trustee, a representative of the teachers’ union, and other staff and administrators, district Director of Communications Heather Crocker said.

On June 11, former Human Resources Director Shannon Maza

and the School District settled out of court for $125,000, breaking her contract three weeks early and quashing a pair of potential lawsuits against Holmes alleging bullying and slander, according to a separation agreement obtained by the Idaho Mountain Express at the time. Maza, whose contract was not renewed by the trustees in May, was scheduled to leave the district when her deal expired at the end of June.

Neither of Maza’s claims resulted in court filings.

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