Blackfoot School District admits payment cover-up


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering classifying the Greater Sage Grouse as an endangered species.

The Blackfoot School District reached a settlement with its former superintendent in the amount of nearly $211,000, according to an Associated Press story in the Idaho Statesman, but tried to hide it by filing the agreement in his personnel file, which is private under state law.

However, a Blackfoot teacher, the Idaho Falls Post-Register and the Idaho Freedom Foundation filed requests to gain access to any settlement and that request was approved by a district judge,  forcing the school district to release its settlement.

The district has made one payment to the former superintendent with another scheduled for July 2013.

Read the full AP story here.

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