At right, Marcus Scheibe with his (L-R) stepdaughter, Rashel, and wife, Karla.
GRANGEVILLE A familiar face is taking the helm at Mountain View School District 244.
The board voted July 27 to hire Marcus Scheibe as the new district superintendent.
“I had said, if there was one place I would want to go to, it would be here,” Scheibe said. “I had no idea the district was even hiring until I just came across it by chance.”
Scheibe was superintendent at Cambridge last year. Prior to that, he had been living and working in Guatemala. His wife currently lives there, but she and his stepdaughter will soon move to Idaho as well.
Scheibe will replace Kent Stokes, whose medical issues forced him out of the superintendent position recently. The position pays in the $90,000 range.
Board chair Mike Dominguez said the district had six to eight applications for the position and interviewed two applicants, Scheibe being one.
“We feel like Marc knows our district and the financial needs within it,” Dominguez said. “We are definitely excited to have him on board.”
Scheibe was born in Lewiston and grew up in Clarkston and Spokane. He graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and later obtained his master’s of education and specialized administrative degree from the University of Idaho.
Scheibe served as Clearwater Valley schools principal from 2000-2008, then went on to work for Salmon River Joint School District 244 as the superintendent from 2008-2012. From there he served in the Kamiah school district as a principal.
Scheibe took a break from education, he said, and ended up on a visit to Guatemala.
“I had been on a Nazarene Work and Witness team trip to Guatemala in 1984,” he said. It was at that time he met Karla and her family.
“Who would have thought, all these years later, we would end up married?” he smiled. The couple were wed three years ago and Scheibe became a stepfather to now-18-year old Rashel. Karla has an associates degree in office administration work and is bilingual.
A year ago, he moved to Cambridge to work – a town he had started his career in.
“It’s full circle – now I am back in Idaho County,” he laughed. “I really was not looking for another job. There were a lot of superintendent vacancies in Idaho this year. But when I saw Mountain View was open, well, this really is the one place I knew I wanted to be.”
Scheibe feels the job is a “good fit” and said he is “excited to be here.”
Knowing the biggest challenge facing the district is funding, Scheibe is open to finding ways to solve that crisis.
“I don’t have all the answers, and I know it’s going to take some doing,” he said. “I want to be available to help figure things out. After all, we just lost a $1 million in revenue with the loss of SRS funds.”
He also said he plans to make consistent efforts to be in all the schools.
“I feel like it’s my duty to know what’s going on and be involved – but I am not a micromanager,” he said. “I don’t want my being in the schools to be any surprise like ‘what’s happening?’ I just want it to be, ‘Oh, hey Mr. Scheibe.’”
He said the prior administration did a good job in maintaining the school’s buildings.
“First impressions are important – especially to people who may relocate,” he said. “It also shows pride in what we have. You don’t have to have brand new to keep it nice.”
When he isn’t working, Scheibe said he and his family enjoy running and biking. He also enjoys sports and has spent time coaching throughout the years.
“Things happen for a reason, and for whatever reason, the pieces to the puzzle fit together perfectly and I believe I am meant to be here,” he said. “And I look forward to the future.”