SUGAR CITY — After months of viewing candidates and conducting interviews, the Sugar-Salem School Board has chosen a replacement for the outgoing superintendent Alan Dunn. The decision was made on Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Sugar-Salem School District Board meeting.
The new superintendent will be Chester Bradshaw, a resident of Rockland, Idaho. Bradshaw had served the small Idaho town as both the Rockland School District superintendent and principal of the district’s elementary, middle and high schools.
Kristin Galbraith, chair of the Sugar-Salem School Board, said she was happy to have someone like Bradshaw as the new head of the district.
“We were highly impressed with his integrity and desire to move forward in great ways in administration,” Galbraith said. “He’s coming to us from a smaller school district. He has worn many hats in the district he’s been in.”
Bradshaw has a wealth of knowledge regarding federal grants Galbraith said. She said the Sugar-Salem School Board sees that knowledge as a big need for the district’s students and faculty.
“He brings a lot of knowledge of federal programs, budgeting and financial responsibility,” Galbraith said. “He will be a great asset to our community and our school district.”
Doug McBride, who is also a member of the school board, said he is looking forward to having Bradshaw on as superintendent.
“He’s got wonderful credentials,” McBride said. “Because of his experience he has additional insights and skills.”
Before serving as superintendent of Rockland School District, Bradshaw was a teacher in the Bliss School District for 13 years. With a background of almost every level of leadership in public education, McBride said, Bradshaw is well-prepared to take on the role of superintendent in the Sugar-Salem School District.
“In June we’ll be getting prepped for him, and in July is when he takes over,” McBride said.
Galbraith said Bradshaw has big shoes to fill.
“We will absolutely miss Alan Dunn,” she said. “He has been a phenomenal leader in our district.”
Dunn said he knew the district would be in good hands with Bradshaw.
“Chester Bradshaw has a long history of having an outstanding reputation as a superintendent,” Dunn said. “I’ve known him, and I’m happy that the board has chosen him as the next superintendent in Sugar-Salem School District.”
Bradshaw is still fulfilling his duties as superintendent of Rockland School District. Watch for an additional article about Bradshaw in a February edition of the Standard Journal.