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Adam Johnson spoke during a school groundbreaking in Murtaugh in 2015.
   
Monday, April 19, 2021
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

School personnel will be flocking from Boise, Murtaugh and Middleton to fill key administrative positions in the Blaine County School District.

  • Adam Johnson, a principal in the Murtaugh School District, will serve as the next assistant superintendent for the district beginning with the 2021-22 school year. He will serve under the new superintendent James Foudy, who is currently the superintendent of the McCall-Donnelly School District.

    Johnson was the 2020 Idaho Principal of the Year and the 2013 Idaho Human Rights Educator of the Year. He holds bachelor’s degrees in history and secondary education from Boise State University and a master’s degree in education leadership and an education specialist degree in education leadership from the University of Idaho.

    Johnson said he was proud of the culture that he, his staff and students had built at Murtaugh Middle High School when he was honored as Principal of the Year. The rural school has 187 students in grades 6 through 12.

    “The first words that I would use to describe the culture at Murtaugh Middle-High School are kindness, tolerance, and family,” Johnson said. “Murtaugh is a melting pot where students of diverse backgrounds, socioeconomic status, religions, ethnicity, and values all can converge and unite as classmates, friends, and family.”

    In addition to Johnson:

  • Madeline Cunningham Muschamp will be the next vice principal at Wood River High School. She currently teaches high school world history at Middleton.
  • Kayla Burton, a Carey native, will return to her hometown to serve as principal of Carey School. She replaces John Peck, who is retiring.

    Burton currently teaches math, computer science and video at West Junior High in the Boise School District. She has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Boise State University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Idaho State University.

  • Cheryl Sanderson will be the next finance director for the district. She currently serves in the same role for the Middleton School District where she has reportedly earned a reputation as a highly effective financial administrator in support of the district’s operational goals.

“We are thrilled to welcome these talented and knowledgeable school and district administrators as we prepare for the upcoming school year,” said Fritz Peters, BCSD’s interim superintendent. “Each brings a wealth of experience and a strong background in working with students, staff, families and community members. We very much look forward to the positive impact they will have on our school district community.”

Peters has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2020-21 school year after nearly two decades as principal for the district. He became interim superintendent in November 2020 after serving as principal of Wood River Middle School since 2002.

“Fritz Peters had already established himself as a premier BCSD administrator during his time as WRMS principal, long before his extraordinary service as our interim superintendent--a role he assumed during perhaps the most challenging school year our district has ever experienced,” said Keith Roark, Blaine County School District Board of Trustees chair. “Taking over in the middle of a major pandemic and following ten years of declining respect for and confidence in the leadership of BCSD, Fritz has been relentless in his pursuit of improvement at every level of district operations.

“It would have been both easy and understandable had Fritz declined to take on the added responsibilities of interim superintendent so late in his career and simply retired at the end of this academic year as a middle school principal,” Roark added. “Although his tenure as superintendent is one of the shortest in district history, his contributions to restoring confidence and increasing student achievement cannot be overstated.”

Peters will be joined in retirement by Director of Technology Teresa McGoffin who has worked in the Blaine County School District for 26 years.

“Over a decade ago, I remember seeing Teresa shoveling snow outside a building on Croy Street that houses some infrastructure for our broadband connections,” said Peters. “It was 6:20 a.m. and she was ensuring we all had connectivity that morning after we had gotten three to four inches of snow. No hurdle got in her way to keep us from doing our work.”


 

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