Superintendent - Dr. Lonnie Barber
Dr. Lonnie Barber has served public education for
the past 22 years. He was hired in 2007 to train under Superintendent Dr. Lewis
as Assistant Superintendent and to
take over the superintendency when Dr. Lewis retired, which he
did in the summer of 2009. He comes to our School District from the Caldwell
School District, where he served as a teacher, principal and
superintendent. Dr. Barber graduated from Boise State University, where he also
earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. He received his Educational Specialist in Leadership from
the University of Idaho in 1997 and received his Ph.D. in
Education from the University of Idaho in 1999.
Assistant Superintendent - John Blackman
Blackman has served the patrons of the Blaine County School
District for the past 26 years. He was hired in 1984 as a
secondary Art teacher after receiving his BA from Montana State
University. In 1998 he received his Master’s Degree in
Educational Administration from the University of Idaho, and
became an Assistant Principal at Wood River High School in 2001.
In 2007 Mr. Blackman took the helm as the Principal of Wood
River High School and after receiving his Educational Specialist
Degree from the University of Idaho in 2010, he was hired in his
current role as the Assistant Superintendent for the Blaine
County School District.
Director of Curriculum - Dr. Kathleen Budge
Budge comes from Boise State University where she served as
Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction
and Foundational Studies. She earned her doctorate from the
University of Washington in Educational Leadership and Policy
Studies. She was the coordinator of the Leadership Development
Program, an innovative leadership preparation program. Dr.
Budge taught Leadership Foundations, Leading Teaching and
Learning, and Leading Systems. Her most recent research agenda
contributed to the theory and practice of school leadership and
leadership preparation with a specific emphasis on the
relationship of school leaders to the communities and
geographical places they serve, especially rural contexts.
Prior to her tenure at BSU, Dr. Budge spent twenty-six years as
a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and assistant
superintendent in PK-12 public schools.
Director of Student Services - Debi Gutknecht
Debi Gutknecht has been a member of the
Blaine County School District since 1997. She moved to Bellevue
after living in Las Vegas, Nevada for twenty-seven years, where
she was a special education teacher. In Blaine County, Debi
continued her work in that area with special emphasis in the
Reading Clinic at Hailey Elementary. She has also served as a
BCSD Summer School Principal and Cognitive Coach, and a
nation-wide presenter for Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes.
Debi received her undergraduate degree from the University of
Nevada, Las Vegas in Elementary Education and Special Education,
a Master’s Degree from Lesley College, and an Education
Specialist Degree from the University of Idaho.
Business Manager - Mike Chatterton
has been with our School District for twenty years. He
received his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Idaho State
University in 1983. He began his career as an accountant
with the Shoshone-Bannock tribe. In March of 1985 he
accepted the position of Accountant for the Pocatello School
District. Mike joined the Blaine County School District as
their Business Manager in November of 1987. Mike has
served on many community boards in his career, and was most
recently elected as President of the Idaho Association of School
Business Officials, a post he has held twice before since
joining the Association in 1985. He is on the Board of the
Education Foundation and served as their Treasurer from the
founding of the Foundation in 1993 until 1998.
Directory of Technology, Testing and Database
Management - Dr. Jerry Hutchins
Dr. Jerry Hutchins joined our School District
in 2001 with the mission to create a system to support data
driven decision making. He received his Ph.D. in 1977 from
Ohio State University. Dr. Hutchins has more than 25 years
of experience in conducting research, managing technology,
directing student testing programs, and university teaching.
He has done research, managed computers, and taught at the
University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.
At Transylvania University he managed computer labs and
conducted institutional research. Dr. Hutchins directed
the student testing program, conducted research, ran selection
systems for school magnet programs, and redrew school boundaries
to improve ethnic diversity for Fayette County Schools in
Lexington, Kentucky. He has also worked in private
enterprise, conducting research for Huntington Bankshares and
Director of Buildings and Grounds - Howard Royal
Royal began his work with the School District in October of 2006.
He brings 25 years of experience in the construction field to
his department. Howie worked as a field
electrician for 15 years, and he was a supervisor for 10 years. He
graduated from Carey High School and continues to reside in
Carey with his family.
Director of Transportation - Rex Squires
Rex has been involved with student transportation since 1985. As
Transportation Director since 1993, he draws upon past
experience as a bus driver, driver trainer, dispatcher, and
district liaison. Rex received recognition in 2000 as Idaho’s
first Certified Director of Pupil Transportation as determined
by the National Association of Pupil Transportation. He has
served the Idaho Association of Pupil Transportation as Board
Member, Vice President, and President. Rex graduated in 1990
with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boise State University.