West Ada Board of Trustees schedules last-minute meeting to elect new board chairman, determine operational status

Posted at 8:37 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 23:45:12-04

The West Ada Board of Trustees scheduled a last-minute special meeting to elect a new board chairman and determine the district's operational status while in the red category.

“Tomorrow, the West Ada Board of Trustees have called a special meeting for Thursday at 3 p.m. On the agenda are two action items. One is to elect a new board chair and one is to determine the operating status while in red,” said Char Jackson, West Ada School District chief communication officer.

West Ada School District Chairman Ed Klopfenstein suddenly resigned during the board's hours-long meeting on Tuesday, citing concerns over his working relationship with the other trustees. While he stepped down from his position as board chair, Klopfenstein is still on the Board of Trustees.

“Well I only know what the action items are on the agenda," said Jackson. "So, I don’t have any you know insight into what they might decide into determining our operational status while in red, so we will have to wait and see if they bring forth a motion that will change anything and then as far as electing a board chair, Ed Klopfenstien stepped down as board chair last night, so they will need to elect a new one tomorrow.”

The board members also denied a motion for any major changes to the district's operational plans, instead passing a motion to create a workgroup to improve plan-making for remote teaching. Central District Health announced Tuesday an increase in COVID-19 cases moved Ada County into the 'red' category, or category three. CDH currently allows schools in the red category to operate in a hybrid learning model. West Ada School District has been phasing in elementary grade levels using a hybrid learning model on alternate days.

The board plans to convene for the special meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday at the District Service. According to Jackson, the meeting audio will be recorded and posted on the website after.