Jim Foudy, Superintendent
Jim Foudy joins the Blaine County School District with twenty-five years of service to Idaho Schools. Most recently, Mr. Foudy served the McCall-Donnelly School District as superintendent from 2015-2021. Prior to that, he served as an elementary school principal and is a former elementary school teacher. Mr. Foudy is a strong proponent of community and family engagement, with an emphasis on consensus-building and strategic initiatives. Mr. Foudy is a member of the American Association of School Administrators, the Idaho Association of School Administrators and the Idaho Superintendent Network. He is a Rotarian and recently served on the St. Luke’s Community Board for St. Luke’s McCall.
Adam Johnson, Assistant Superintendent
Adam Johnson comes to the Blaine County School District with 15 years of experience serving in public education in Idaho. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boise State University in History and Secondary Education; and a Master’s of Education in Education Leadership and an Education Specialist Degree in Education Leadership from the University of Idaho. Adam spent 9 years as a Social Studies teacher and department chair and has served on various policy committees, international delegations and has experience as a varsity football, basketball and golf coach. In 2013, he was awarded the Idaho Human Rights Teacher of the Year by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights. Adam entered into education administration in 2014 as a middle/high school building principal and was awarded the 2020 Idaho Principal of the Year by the Idaho Association of Secondary Administrators. In part of his role as Assistant Superintendent, Adam serves as the Director of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning as well as Data and Assessment Coordinator for the District.
Shawn Bennion, Director of Buildings and Grounds208-578-4202
Shawn Bennion moved to Blaine County in 2003 to become an electrician. Most recently, he worked for Sun Valley Company for 17 years. The last 7 were spent as the Maintenance Manager. He served on the BCSD Board of Trustees for 7 years, 4 of which as Chair. You will often see him supporting his children at their games. He enjoys smoking meat. Shawn is excited to be back with Blaine County Schools in his new role.
Kandy Blackburn, Human Resources Director208-578-5011Kandy grew up in the Wood River Valley and attended Boise State University. She is currently enrolled full time at Western Governors University studying Human Resource Management. In 2002, Kandy started working in the Finance Department at the district office but found her passion in Human Resources 9 years ago. She has two children: a daughter in her freshman year at BSU, and an 8th grade son attending Wood River Middle School. Outside of the office, Kandy enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves the great outdoors. Her favorites include: mountain biking, hiking, skiing and camping...and will also squeeze in international travel as much as possible!
Valerie Seamons, Finance Director208-578-5009Valerie grew up in Hailey and graduated from Wood River High School. She attended Idaho State University, earning her degree in Business Management and began a career in finance. 20 years ago, she joined the Blaine County School District Finance Department - taking on the role of Finance Director in July of 2022. Val and her husband, David, raised their two sons in the Wood River Valley. Now the empty nesters love spending time in the beautiful mountains of Idaho.
Kendy Walker, Director of Special Programs208-578-5006Kendy Walker is our Director of Special Programs. She has over 11 years of experience in the educational setting. She has a Master’s degree in Special Education, Educational Leadership, and Psychology. She realizes the need for a high-quality education to reach all children who may be faced with challenges in his or her learning with individualized instruction.Ms. Walker has always had a heart for special education students since having her son, 21 years ago. Diagnosed with Autism, ADHD as well as Anxiety Disorder, together they worked to navigate his educational journey always believing there was a path for him, it just may look different than other students.Ms. Walker is committed to ensuring all students are given the guidance and tools needed to succeed. Any student can learn and be successful if given the right tools to do so. She looks forward to working with everyone to navigate your child/children’s educational journey.
Paul Zimmerman, Director of Technology
Paul Zimmerman has been with Blaine County School District for nearly 10 years. During that time, he has spearheaded many innovative projects and worked with outside partners, such as Google and Nintendo, to bring new ideas to the district. He earned a Bachelor's of Science of Leadership from Bellevue University followed by a Master's Degree in Leadership. He is currently enrolled in a Human Capital Management PhD program. Paul was in the United States Air Force in the early 2000s and during his travels, he discovered Hailey, Idaho. He lives in Hailey with his wife of 15 years and two children, a 9th grader at Wood River High School and a 4th grader at Alturas Elementary. Outside of the office, Paul enjoys anything in the sunshine.