Blaine County Trustee Who Resigned In Wake of Underage Drinking Joins Board of Syringa Charter School

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The former chairman of the Blaine County School District Board of Trustees, who resigned from his post in January in the wake of allegations that he had allowed underage drinking at his house, has joined the board of directors of a new public charter school.

In his January resignation letter, Paul Bates acknowledged that the underage drinking had occurred in his home on New Year's Eve 2013, but he had gone to bed early. The incident triggered an emergency meeting of the Blaine County school board, where Bates didn't deny the allegations and submitted his resignation.

Meanwhile, Boise Weekly has been chronicling the plans for Syringa Mountain School, a publicly funded charter school inspired by the Waldorf education curriculum, de-emphasizing technology in earlier grades.

And now, this week's Idaho Mountain Express is reporting that Bates has agreed to join the Syringa board, telling the newspaper that he "might have something to contribute to their success."

The Mountain Express said that Bates joked that the Syringa board position "pays twice as much as the other school board job." Both board are voluntary with no salary.


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