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Boise School Board Has 'No Confidence' in ISBA Director

'Absent positive action to improve the situation, the Board will no longer remain members of this association'

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The Boise School District Board of Trustees is upset with Idaho School Boards Association Executive Director Karen Echeverria, and she knows why.

"I have a good idea what this is all about," Echeverria told Citydesk, but Echeverria didn't want to comment on the record until she spoke with her ISBA executive board.

The tangible evidence of the Boise School Board's ire, a two-page scathing indictment labeling Echeverria's actions as "deceptive" in garnering support for Proposition 1, one of three tiers of the so-called Luna Laws that asks voters to approve or reject legislation limiting negotiated agreements between teachers and local school boards.

The letter---which is still in draft form---points to the ISBA executive board voting to support Prop. 1, just weeks after ISBA President Dallas Clinger told Boise trustees that ISBA membership "was very split on all three measures."

"We're not complaining about the decision [the executive board] made. We're concerned about the lack of process involving membership," Boise School Board of Trustees President A.J. Balukoff said Oct. 22 at a special session of the trustees.

Balukoff cautioned that the document, as written, was still a draft and shouldn't be interpreted as the Boise School Board threatening to pull its membership from the ISBA--at least not yet.

"Absent positive action to improve the situation, the Boise School Board will no longer remain members of this association," reads the draft. "We do not take this action lightly."

The draft also says Echeverria attended a Boise School Board meeting in September to encourage the Boise board to renew its membership with ISBA. But Boise trustees said Echeverria failed to mention the ISBA's executive board's "yes" vote on Proposition 1, until after the Boise School Board had already put its membership renewal check in the mail.

Ultimately, the Boise School Board agreed to move forward with refining the letter to Echeverria, and Trustee Joan Boren suggested that the finished product be shared with other school board trustees throughout the state.

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