Ybarra outlines transition approach

Superintendent-elect Sherri Ybarra mentioned her silence throughout the five weeks because her Election Day win has been deliberate.

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Superintendent-elect Sherri Ybarra at the State Department of Education offices on Wednesday.

Ybarra has kept a low profile considering that the election – declining several interview requests and normally avoiding public appearances.

She broke her silence during a lengthy interview with Idaho Training Information on Wednesday morning.

“I did so much talking throughout the campaign that now it’s time for me to pay attention to what the considerations are for moving forward,” Ybarra mentioned.

Given that getting elected, Ybarra has picked former Nampa interim superintendent Pete Koehler to serve as her interim chief deputy and assembled a staff of lawmakers and college officials to guide her transition to office.

She’s also devoted time for the duration of her “silent tour,” as she calls it, to meeting with lawmakers and training stakeholders. She attended the Legislature’s organizational session final week, the Idaho System Resource Advisory Council meeting this week, land board meetings and private confabs with groups such as the Idaho Schooling Association.

She strategies to attend a regional superintendents’ meeting subsequent week.

Her and quickly-to-be special assistant to the superintendent Tim Corder were each offered offices in the State Division of Education’s headquarters, in which Ybarra has accepted outgoing Superintendent Tom Luna’s provide to work with him on her transition.

Even even though she is functioning with Luna, Ybarra signaled changes will be forthcoming.

“My administration will search completely various,” Ybarra stated. “The possibility to put together in advance – any great leader would get advantage of that, but my administration will be really diverse and my vision is extremely diverse.”

Ybarra continues to operate as a federal applications director in the Mountain Home School District, but said she has been utilizing holiday time to permit her to target on gearing up for the new task. Ybarra has previously explained she took a depart of absence from the district for the duration of the campaign.

“It’s been far more time up right here (in Boise) and significantly less time transitioning out of Mountain Residence,” Ybarra said. “I’m receiving to know people appropriate now, and we’re in a partnership constructing phase.”

Ybarra declined to reveal specific policy and budgetary targets for the upcoming legislative session, saying “it just wouldn’t be appropriate to comment on any of that things just but.”

However, Ybarra emphasized that she has been carrying out her homework, and will be ready to existing a K-twelve public colleges spending budget proposal to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Jan. 28.

“Right now, I am nonetheless studying that, working with the governor’s workplace and JFAC,” she explained. “I will be ready for my presentation on the 28th.”

Right after she is sworn in, Ybarra will proceed to reside in Mountain Home and will make the about 45-mile commute to function in Boise. She described that option as a household decision and said she would catch a ride with her husband, a federal police officer operating with the Division of Veterans Affairs in Boise, in the event of inclement climate or icy roads.

Even though she has not revealed much more distinct staffing selections, Ybarra stated she will surround herself with colleagues who “believe in options for children and advanced possibilities.”

She also repeated one of her promises from the campaign stump speech.

“My vision for the State Department of Schooling is we are going to be a services organization going forward,” she mentioned.

Ybarra will be sworn in Jan. five for the duration of personal ceremonies. The 2015 legislative session kicks off Jan. 12.

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