There will be some new administrative faces at some of Minidoka County’s schools when school starts this year. We will have three new principals at Heyburn Elementary, Minico High School, and East Minico Middle School, and two new assistant principals.
Heyburn Elementary Principal Sanie Baker retired this year after serving for two years at Heyburn and 26 years in the district. “Sanie has been an effective leader wherever she has served in the District!” said Dr. Ken Cox, Superintendent. Mrs. Baker will be replaced by Danelle Stutzman who has taught and served in Heyburn Elementary for the past 14 years. You can get a feel for her enthusiasm in the following statement: “I look forward to continuing to build relationships and connections with our students, staff and the community. My passion for teaching and being able to reach the lives of children has always been what motivates me to do what is best for kids no matter what.”
At Minico High School, Kimberley Kidd was appointed principal, after serving for three years as assistant principal. Mrs. Kidd said that “Being an educator was something I always wanted to do. I am starting my 28th year in education, all of which I have dedicated to the students of Minidoka County. The best feeling in the world is to see my past students as adults, happily greeting me with smiles and a hug, eager to share with me how they are doing. In the coming year I am looking most forward to going to work every day, being part of an amazing high school team, as well as committed to helping our students reach their greatest potential. I love my job at Minico and feel very fortunate to work with not only the students, but the staff and our community, we are very fortunate to live in such a wonderful area.”
Mrs. Kidd is replacing Josh Aston, who accepted a position in California, and had been part of the Minico leadership team for three years serving this past year as principal. “I would like to thank Mr. Aston for his years of service, he was a valuable part of our team when I was principal and did a great job this past year as principal.” said Suzette Miller former Minico principal, now serving as the Secondary Student Improvement Director for the District.
Terry Merrill, who served this past year as East Minico principal, was moved to Minico to fill Mrs. Kidd position as assistant principal. “I appreciate the work that Mr. Merrill has done at East this past year. His leadership helped the school grow and we are looking forward to utilizing his leadership skills and experience at Minico.” said Superintendent Cox.
Greg Durant, former school psychologist and middle school assistant principal this past year was hired as the new East Minico principal. When asked about what he expects this coming year he said, “I am honored and humbled to serve as principal of East Minico this school year. I recognize the great tradition of wonderful students, staff, and administration that have built East into what it is today.” West Minico principal, Dustin Heath commented on the assignment: “I look forward to working more closely with Greg, we already have a positive working relationship with him serving as assistant principal this past year.”
Mr. Durant’s assistant principal position will be filled by Isaac Moffett, who is new to the District coming from Parma, Idaho. When asked about taking on this new position he said “I am looking forward to assisting Mr. Durant and Mr. Heath in serving their staff as they prepare students for success in high school and life.”
In addition to the changes at Heyburn, Minico and East Minico, we also had Kelly Arritt, Mt. Harrison principal retire this year after serving in that capacity for three years and 25 years in the District. “Mr. Arritt has been a stabilizing force in the District for many years. Though he will definitely be missed, I am sure he is looking forward to retirement,” said Superintendent Cox.
Mr. Arritt’s position will be filled by Joseph Fairchild, who came to Mt. Harrison last year as a social studies teacher. When asked about stepping into this position Mr. Fairchild said ”We have a wonderful community of students, parents and staff at Mt. Harrison High School and I am excited to continue the great traditions that are established from the past. I look forward to bringing new ideas that 30 years of experience in education have brought me.“
The District also welcomes Brady Trenkle as our new Activities Director at Minico High School. He replaces Ty Shippen who took a position in Eastern Idaho closer to family. In reflecting on the many changes in administration in the District Superintendent Cox noted “We have an excellent team of administrators as we move into this school year. They are all dedicated to doing their best and helping our teachers and students do the same.”