Former Nampa Superintendent Recruited to be Ybarra's Interim Deputy

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Pete Koehler will be interim chief deputy at the idaho State Department of Education - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • Pete Koehler will be interim chief deputy at the idaho State Department of Education
When Boise Weekly sat down with Pete Koehler in November 2013, the then-interim superintendent of the Nampa School District said he was more than anxious to retire. He was Nampa's third school superintendent in seven months, but when he received a call asking him to help out the district, which was waist deep in red ink and had a string of resignations, he agreed to stay on to help right the ship.

Koehler ultimately retired earlier this year when David Peterson took over as Nampa's new full-time superintendent.

But now, Koehler has been asked by Sheriff Ybarra, the newly elected superintendent of public instruction, to be her interim chief deputy. In an interview with Idaho Education News (Ybarra has been very selective on who she grants interviews to), the superintendent-elect said she had recruited education and public officials from across Idaho to help her transition team. Some of the team members include Idaho State Sen. Shawn Keough, Idaho House Rep. Wendy Horman, and school superintendents from the Vallivue, Caldwell, Twin Falls, Post Falls, and Plummer-Worley school districts.