Quoting Mark Twain and "the great philosopher Garth Brooks," Scott Crane announced his retirement as superintendent of schools at a meeting of the Blackfoot School District No. 55 board of trustees on Tuesday.
Crane has been superintendent of schools since 2007. He was assistant superintendent for 10 years before that. He has worked in the school district for 26 years.
"And I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry," Crane told the members of the board and others in attendance.
Focusing on the sailing theme which has been part of the district's mission statement, Crane quoted Twain, "…throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream and Discover."
Crane, who holds a doctorate of education, said he will pursue both educational and noneducational vocational opportunities in his desire to serve and grow.
"I have had the honor of serving the Blackfoot community in many administrative positions over the last 26 years," he said. "Kathy and I have enjoyed raising our children in Blackfoot and are the proud parents of Blackfoot High School graduates."
Crane said his retirement will become effective at the end of the school year.
Among Crane's options are continuing his career out-of-state. Officials from Newberg, Ore., were in Blackfoot interviewing people who know Crane's work. He is one of four finalists for their opening.
Of the process for replacing Crane, board chairman Scott Reese said, "we will use Dr. Crane as much as we can while he's still with us. In the interim the obvious choice will be to put (assistant superintendent) Chad Struhs in when Dr. Crane departs."
Reese said the board could appoint an interim superintendent or make related moves during an executive session when it meets at Fort Hall Elementary on Thursday. That meeting will begin at 6 p.m.
""We will take a really good look at what we have in house," Reese said of replacing Crane.