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Idaho School Administrators Share Lessons Learned Before New School Year Begins

Melinda Shelton

The new school year doesn't begin in Idaho for another few weeks, but hundreds of school administrators from across the Gem State will be hitting the books this week at the annual conference of the Idaho Association of School Administrators in Boise.

IASA Executive Director Rob Winslow and Associate Director Kristen Shreve visited with Morning Edition host George Prentice to talk about this year's conference, which includes an appearance from Governor Brad Little and a number of breakout sessions on such critical topics as cybersecurity, suicide prevention and dealing with tragedies.

Shreve told Boise State Public Radio that suicide is not only a growing concern among parents and students, but among educators and administrators as well.

“We’ve addressed suicide for the last several years. We’ve had some of our own people – administrators and principals mainly – who have taken their own lives. They concentrate a lot on the lives of their students but we talk to them about trying to help each other out. Their emotional mental health is just as important as it is taking care of their students in their schools.”

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