Boise, Idaho – The Republican candidate for State Schools Superintendent Andy Grover today announced a growing list of support from fellow Idaho school district superintendents in his quest for the state’s top education job.
Grover is the only candidate for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction with experience as a local school district superintendent. He is currently the Superintendent of the Melba School District, having begun there as a Principal.
“Public Education is Andy’s passion and his expertise,” said 2014 Idaho School Superintendent of the Year Chuck Shackett, “Having worked at all levels of education – in both rural and urban districts, in eastern and western Idaho – he has a deep understanding of programs and policy and how each affects local school districts and student achievement. He’s the most qualified candidate to be the next State Superintendent.” Shackett is the Bonneville School District #93 Superintendent.
“Andy Grover has not only a great intellect but the common sense to use it appropriately,” said Alan Dunn, Sugar-Salem School District Superintendent, “He has a tremendous work ethic and has my full support as Idaho’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction.”
“I’ve found Andy Grover to be an insightful, reflective leader,” added Wendy Moore, Genesee School District Superintendent, “I support Andy and am confident Idaho’s students will benefit from his leadership and vision.”
“I am very grateful for the outpouring of support from my fellow Superintendents,” said Grover, “I continue to receive messages of support from all corners of the state since I announced my candidacy for Superintendent of Public Instruction, but few things are as humbling as having the support of my peers.”
Grover is currently President of the Region III (Southwestern Idaho) chapter of the Idaho Association of School Administrators – a position elected by the Region’s School Superintendents. He is a native of Ririe, Idaho and had a career as a teacher and coach in the Bonneville School District prior to being hired as Principal of Melba High School. He then was elevated to Superintendent of the School District.
Below is the current list of Andy Grover’s growing list of supporters among Idaho’s School Superintendents:
Ed Schumacher, Cambridge School District
Glen Szymoniak, McCall-Donnelley School District
Jim Norton, Parma School District
Norm Stewart, Marsing School District
Randy Schrader, Garden Valley School District
Ryan Kirby, New Plymouth School District
Wendy Johnson, Kuna School District
Wil Overgaard, Weiser School District
Chuck Shackett, Bonneville School District
Alan Dunn, Sugar-Salem School District
Wendy Moore, Genesee School District
Eric Lords, Sho-Ban School District
Joel Wilson, Preston School District
Bryan Jolley, Shelley School District
Wayne Rush, Emmett School District
Rob Sauer, Homedale School District
Alan Felgenhauer, Culdesac School District
Pete Kohler, Nampa School District
About Andy Grover: Born and raised in Ririe, Andy is a 5th generation Idahoan. He has been the Melba School District Superintendent for four years, and balanced the Melba School District budget without a supplemental levy during these recent difficult financial times while at the same time leading the District to a 4-star rating. Andy was originally hired in Melba as the High School Principal and held that position for three years prior to becoming the District’s Superintendent. Andy was a teacher and coach in the Bonneville School District for eight years prior to taking the Melba Principal position. In addition to his experiences as an Idaho teacher, Principal and Superintendent, he is a former U.S. Marine. Andy’s wife of 20 years, Candice, is also a native Idahoan and is a high school Language Arts teacher. They have three daughters.
Andy earned a BA in Political Science from Boise State University, an MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, and an ED Specialist degree from the University of Idaho. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate at Northwest Nazarene University with a dissertation on School Safety.