Rep. Marc Gibbs (R-Grace) introduced a proposal to members of the House Education Committee that would pave the way for some of Idaho’s smallest school districts and charter schools to hire the spouses of their board members. Gibbs told the House panel that at least two of the small districts in his legislative district have reported that they have had difficulty in hiring qualified applicants. This measure would provide a school board more options to fill certain positions. Under this proposal, a school district or charter school with fewer than 1,200 students could hire the spouse of a school board member if the board first advertised the position for 60 days. Committee members agreed to print the measure. This bill will now be slated for full committee hearing and the public will get an opportunity to weigh in.