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The City of Pocatello applauds School District #25's decision to offer Dalene Bowden her job back.
I've heard, however, about death threats that have been made to School District #25 officials. I believe the citizens of Pocatello, Idaho, America and the world are better than that. Let's use this situation as something to learn from, and let's all move forward together.
=======================================================Mayor Blad met with Superintendent Howell this afternoon. The Superintendent assured the Mayor that the School District is working toward a solution.
We appreciate the District's willingness to meet with the Mayor even though we are completely separate entities with no jurisdictional oversight over each other. We all agree that it's the children in our community who are important.
Original Statement: We’d like to thank everyone who has taken an interest in Pocatello recently; we just wish it were under better circumstances. We’d like to remind everyone that the situation involving Dalene Bowden was handled by officials with Pocatello/Chubbuck School District #25 and no City elected officials or employees were involved in the decision making process. While we both operate in the same community, the district and City government are two separate entities in Pocatello.
Mayor Blad and the City feel this is an extremely unfortunate situation. Despite being separate jurisdictions, Mayor Blad is actively trying to get a meeting with the Superintendent of Pocatello/Chubbuck School District #25 to discuss how this situation has impacted our community as a whole.