DIETRICH • Gooding High School Principal Ben Hardcastle is leaving the district to take the superintendent job in Dietrich.
He’ll replace Neal Hollingshead, who is retiring after eight years.
“I’m really excited to go work in a close-knit community,” Hardcastle said Friday. “They have a great pattern and history of academic success.”
School trustees offered Hardcastle a two-year contract with an $80,000 annual salary.
“We’re really excited to have him join our team in Dietrich,” school board chairman Starr Olsen said. “He brings a lot of excitement.”
More than 10 people applied for the job and school officials interviewed five.
Hardcastle started his career as an eighth-grade U.S. history teacher at an inter-city school in Houston, Texas. He was voted “Teacher of the Year” at Hoffman Middle School during the 2009-10 school year.
In addition to teaching, he coached many sports, including football, track and soccer.
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Hardcastle said he enjoyed working with Gooding teachers and students.
“It will be hard to leave,” he said.
But it was a rough year in the Gooding School District. Hardcastle was placed on leave for two days in November after challenging then-Superintendent Mary Larson over a plagiarism issue with the employee handbook.
More than 90 percent of school employees voted in favor of a statement of “no confidence” in Larson. She resigned in February.
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