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Meyer, Rae named to Critchfield transition team

| November 20, 2022 1:00 AM

SANDPOINT — Members of the Superintendent-elect Debbie Critchfield’s transition committee have ties to the area.

Named to the committee are Dr. Becky Meyer, superintendent of the Lake Pend Oreille School District; and Teresa Rae, a trustee with the Boundary County School District in Bonners Ferry.

This committee will assist the Critchfield in staffing and organization of the State Department Education. In addition, committee members will be tasked with helping develop K-12 budget revision and funding priorities for next year, building policy around skills and career readiness in K-12, parental empowerment, and other priorities for the incoming SDE.

Chief of Staff-designate Greg Wilson and Chief Deputy Superintendent-designate Ryan Cantrell will lead Critchfield’s transition efforts and this committee through early January.

“This transition committee is a great representation of the many perspectives supporting K-12 education in Idaho, including parents, teachers, school leaders, legislators, business leaders, and other community leaders,” Critchfield said. “I am so pleased they are willing to serve in this effort to support Idaho kids and families as we build the Department prepared to support and sustain great schools.”

In addition to Meyer and Rae, members of the committee include: Spencer Barzee, Clifton, superintendent, West Side School District; Rep. Judy Boyle, Midvale, Idaho House of Representatives; Steve Copmann, Burley Junior High School principal; Bernadette Edwards, Mountain View School Board trustee; Portia Flynn, Meridian, former State Department of Education employee; Lori Frasure, West Ada School Board chair; Mike Garrett, Orofino Joint School District superintendent; parent Amy Henry, Nampa;

Mario Hernandez, Teton Toyota and Teton Volkswagen owner; parent Lara Herway, Idaho Falls; campaign consultant Tyler Hurst, Star; businessman Sen. Dave Lent, Idaho Falls, Idaho Senate; Cortney Liddiard, CEO, Ball Ventures; Kurt Liebich, Idaho State Board of Education president; math teacher Julie Nawrocki, Idaho Falls School District; Lori Otter, Star, Realtor and former First Lady of Idaho; Anne Ritter, Meridian Medical Arts Charter High School board member; Rob Sauer, Homedale School District superintendent; parent Stephanie Wagner, Idaho Falls; and Rep. Julie Yamamoto, Nampa, Idaho House and former educator.

Information: supelect.idaho.gov

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