West Ada trustees name Steve Smylie to fill out 5-member board

Steve Smylie
Steve Smylie

Steve Smylie, a retired Boise School District teacher and a former Republican lawmaker, was appointed unanimously to the West Ada School Board on Thursday.

Trustees voted 3-0 for Smylie to fill the unexpired term of Carol Sayles, a trustee who was recalled in the May 17 election. Smylie said he expects to seek election in May 2017, when the term for that seat ends.

Trustee Rene Ozuna nominated Smylie out of a field of four candidates, saying the board needed someone with experience in K-12 teaching to replace Sayles, who is a teacher.

Smylie said balancing the district’s budget, which is facing a $4 million deficit for next school year, is a top priority. “The budget is not an either-or proposition,” he said.

Smylie’s appointment completes the seating of four board members to replace those who resigned or were recalled through a year of upheaval. The board now has its full five members: Ed Klopfenstein, Phil Neuhoff, Ozuna, Smylie and Mike Vuittonet.

Vuittonet is the only member who was on the board last year at this time.