Gilbert retires as leader of Payette schools

Robin Gilbert started as the new superintendent for the Payette School District in December of 2017.

There’s a big opening at Payette School District, as Robin Gilbert has stepped down as superintendent as of August.

According to the minutes from the Payette School District Board of Directors meeting on Aug. 12, which The Argus Observer received through a public records request, Robin Gilbert was a part of the “personnel actions” in the meeting.

In the action, she was released from her contract and retired. Gilbert’s last day at Payette School District was on Aug. 30, Payette School Board Chairman Adam Rynearson said.

Gilbert was the superintendent of Payette School District for two school years, having started on July 1, 2017.

Rynearson said the board had no further comment on Gilbert or her retirement from the school district outside of what was said of her during her review from the school board in March.

“Gilbert received high praises for her significant work aimed at improving student achievement, aligning curriculum, effective communication, and collaborative team building,” the review states. “Each of the four goals has specific actions, measurements, and identified standards that align with the District’s Strategic Plan and individual school building goals.”

The review from the school board praised Gilbert and her willingness to work hard for Payette School District.

“Gilbert works long hours every day of the week, including weekends and shows an unrelenting dedication to the students, teachers and staff of Payette schools,” the release states. “The School Board is impressed and extremely appreciative of her hard work.”

The position of superintendent is currently listed on the Payette School District’s job postings page on their official website. During Monday’s meeting, Rynearson said the posting will stay up until noon on Thursday.

The board will be holding a special meeting on Friday afternoon.

During Monday’s meeting, the school board also scheduled a special meeting for later this month to approve the strategic plan and to discuss the next steps for potential upgrades at Westside Elementary School.

Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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