Lawmakers eyeing Ybarra’s transition

Superintendent-elect Sherri Ybarra may not be speaking publicly about her transition to office, but lawmakers say she has a hard task ahead of her.

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Sherri Ybarra

Ybarra, a federal applications director with the Mountain Home School District, beat Democratic challenger Jana Jones in last month’s election.

Shortly right after Ybarra is sworn in up coming month lawmakers will convene in Boise for the 2015 legislative session – setting off a approximately 90-day whirlwind time period of crafting the K-twelve education budget and debating education policy.

“I think she does have her operate reduce out for her,” Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Pingree, said. “There is a lot going on in training proper now to be capable to step into that job and get brought up to pace. I hope she employs a great deal of us here at Legislature who have been doing work on education concerns.”

Democratic Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking, a member of the Senate Schooling Committee and a former educator, agreed.

“She’s received a huge understanding curve — anyone would coming in,” Ward-Engelking said. “It’s just one particular of those factors where you hit the floor running.”

Ward-Engelking and VanOrden each said Ybarra’s expertise as an educator and college administrator should help put together her for the job ahead.


Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls

“Somebody just coming out of the classroom, or out of our regional colleges, will be capable to comprehend what is necessary at the State Department of Education,” VanOrden said. “Especially coming out of the discipline correct now, because there has been so considerably change in education above the final little even though, and on the horizon, a good deal of adjustments are coming.”

Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, explained she will view closely how Ybarra staffs her workplace and collaborates with education stakeholders and lawmakers.

“I hope she surrounds herself with great individuals – specialists who realize education like she does,” Horman explained. ”I’ve been about lengthy adequate to find out how beneficial collaboration is to locate typical ground for the advantage of our young children.”

Ybarra attended Thursday’s organizational session of the Legislature at the Statehouse, but declined an interview request from Idaho Training Information.

Idaho Ed News has requested an interview with Ybarra multiple instances each week considering that her Nov. 4 election, but her campaign and transition spokeswoman, Melinda Nothern, has not returned several mobile phone calls.

On Thursday, Ybarra referred an interview request back to Nothern.

Regardless of her reluctance to talk publicly, Ybarra has been getting ready for the job. She has assembled a transition team and has accepted outgoing Superintendent Tom Luna’s offer you to work with his staff to begin getting ready to consider office, State Division of Schooling spokesman Brady Moore confirmed.

Ybarra has also met with schooling stakeholders, including the Idaho Education Association teachers union.

“As far as the IEA is concerned, we talked with her about some of our issues and concerns and also welcomed her to her new workplace,” IEA President Penni Cyr said. “We allow her know we want perform with her as very best we can and appear forward to building a excellent relationship with the State Department of Schooling.”

On Thursday, former state Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Property, confirmed that he will perform a part in Ybarra’s administration. Corder, who was on Ybarra’s campaign staff, declined to say what position he will get and also declined an interview request.

Last month, Ybarra’s camp stated she would not reveal staffing selections early. Ybarra has also however to disclose – at least publicly – regardless of whether dozens of present Idaho State Division of Training staffers will carry on to be employed following she will take office in January.

“Sherri hasn’t employed a chief of personnel and will not be announcing new hires/positions till right after she is sworn into office in January,” Nothern wrote in a Nov. twenty electronic mail to Idaho Ed News.

On Thursday, retiring Secretary of State Ben Ysursa stated the state’s constitutional officers – which consist of Ybarra – will probably be sworn in during personal ceremonies Jan. five. Public occasions for elected officials are becoming planned for Jan. 9-eleven, Ysursa explained.

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