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Pete Koehler: the new man in the Nampa School District’s whirlwind

Pete Koehler’s promotion was a sudden surprise — even to Koehler.

On the night of May 14, Thomas Michaelson resigned abruptly, and publicly, as the Nampa School District’s interim superintendent. The School Board moved into a closed executive session. Koehler — Nampa High School’s principal, who had added assistant superintendent’s duties in April, at Michaelson’ urging — told the board the it couldn’t afford to leave the top spot vacant for too long.

Board members listened. They offered Koehler the job, and he accepted. The board wrapped up a tumultuous meeting by announcing Koehler’s appointment.

Koehler NegotiationsALT
Pete Koehler, appointed Nampa’s interim superintendent on May 14, presides over a contract negotiating session Tuesday evening.

The job itself also has been a whirlwind. Three weeks into the job, Koehler is engaged in difficult contract negotiations, central to erasing a projected $3.5 million shortfall. He also realizes that the beleaguered district has a difficult job ahead, as it tries to regain community trust.

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Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News ( Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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