Idaho newspaper questions Gelbrich about travel

Juneau School District Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich returned to Juneau Tuesday after interviewing for the superintendent job in Nampa, Idaho. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)

Juneau School District Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich returned to Juneau Tuesday after interviewing for the superintendent job in Nampa, Idaho. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)

Juneau School District Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich could know by the end of the week if he’ll be moving to Idaho.

Gelbrich is one of two finalists for superintendent of the Nampa School District, located about 20 miles southwest of Boise. He interviewed with the Nampa Board of Trustees on Monday. The board is scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss the candidates, according to the Idaho Press-Tribune. A decision could come as soon as Thursday and at the latest by the end of the month.

Gelbrich was back in Juneau Tuesday night for a special meeting of the Board of Education. While the Press-Tribune raised questions about his frequent travel to Oregon from Juneau, Gelbrich says that was not a concern of Nampa school officials.

“There were no questions on the part of the board in terms of commitment or any of that,” Gelbrich said. “But someone from here [Juneau] called someone from there [Nampa] and shared erroneously that I fly out of here every weekend and that I’m not here, which is not true. It’s been a persistent rumor and I’m not sure why.”

Gelbrich said he felt good about the interview, but said the Nampa board has a tough choice to make.

In January he was passed up for the superintendent’s job in Kalispell, Montana. He says the reason for his job search is a desire to live closer to family. His wife Ruth continues to live in Oregon.

“I’ve looked at a couple of different communities down there that, like Juneau, have great livability, great support for kids, and Nampa is one of those places,” he said.

Gelbrich has been Juneau superintendent since 2009. He is in the midst of a three-year contract that expires in June 2016. The Juneau school board Tuesday night went into executive session to discuss Gelbrich’s annual evaluation.

He currently makes $155,000 a year. The previous superintendent in Nampa made $140,000 a year, according to the Press-Tribune. The new superintendent’s salary will depend on experience.