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The Boise School Board deliberates before voting to name Steve Schmidt to fill a trustee opening on the board.

The Boise School Board has chosen local engineer Steve Schmidt to be its next member on a split vote, writes Idaho Education News reporter Blake Jones.  Schmidt beat out Full Swing Public Relations CEO Caitlin Copple Masingill and outgoing Capital City Development Corporation (Boise’s urban renewal agency) board chair Dana Zuckerman for the spot after sitting board members interviewed the three finalists.

“I think our board could probably use somebody who’s rational, level-headed — just can critically think through issues. And so, I thought ‘All right, I can help,’” Schmidt told the board.

All finalists received votes, and it was “close,” said Board Chair Dave Wagers.

Schmidt replaces Alicia Estey, chief of staff to Boise State University President Marlene Tromp. Estey recently resigned from the board, citing the increasing demands of her day job. You can read Jones' full story here at, or look for it in today's Idaho press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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