Update: Reese Resigns, Group Still Seeks to Recall Hong

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Updated: 2/01/2013 12:00 pm
UPDATE: The Blackfoot School District says School Board Chairman R. Scott Reese has resigned from his position effective immediately.

Reese also issued the following statement about the separation agreement with former Superintendent Scott Crane:

"During my service at Blackfoot School District #55, I have always tried to make decisions that I felt were in the best interest of the students, teachers, and administration of the District.  While I understand there is room for disagreement, I stand behind my decision regarding the separation agreement with Scott Crane.  Unfortunately, this issue has become extremely personal and distasteful.

I am concerned the feelings caused by the past events may negatively affect the passage of the upcoming supplemental levy.  I do not wish the past to overshadow the school board's most important obligation - the education and well-being of our children.

It is to that end and with great sadness I resign my position as a school board member of the Blackfoot School District #55, effective immediately.  It's my hope that the supplemental levy will pass and that I might spare the District any additional expense of a recall election.

It has been an honor to serve the patrons of Blackfoot School District #55.  I have enjoyed my time working with the other board members.  It is through the willingness of good individuals like them that we are able to continue to improve the education of our children.  I will make no further public comments concerning the matter."

KPVI News Six reached out to the spokesperson for the "Concerned Citizens of District #55" for comment about how Reese's resignation would impact their recall petition.

Rick Bigler says they will continue to pursue a recall election against Jenny Hong but will halt their recall efforts against R. Scott Reese.

KPVI also reached out to Jenny Hong for comment but she was unavailable.

PREVIOUS STORY: The Blackfoot School District #55 Board Chairman who is now the subject of a recall petition has taken a position with Bingham County.

Bingham County Commissioner Ladd Carter and Sheriff Craig Rowland confirmed that R. Scott Reese would be hired by the county though his position has not been disclosed.  Sheriff Rowland said Reese would be introduced next week and his official titles would be unveiled.  Reese started his new job Friday.

Reese was unavailable to comment on what this new position means for his role as Chairman of the Blackfoot School Board.

Earlier this week, the “Concerned Citizens of District #55" started an effort to recall both Reese and fellow board member Jenny Hong. The group is concerned about the alleged handling of a six-figure payout to former Superintendent Scott Crane and says the actions of the school board have damaged trust in the community and making a change is necessary. The payout was agreed to in an executive session and was later deemed by the courts as inappropriate.
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