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Dr. James Shank

Welcome to Cassia County School District. This is an exceptional school district located in beautiful south central Idaho encompassing most of Cassia county and parts of Twin Falls and Oneida counties with a geopgraphical area of 2,500 sq. miles. The Cassia school system serves over 5,600 students in 17 accredited schools located in six different communities. School district personnel work diligently to provide a comprehensive 21st century relevant education focused on individual growth and preparing students for successful post-high school opportunities.

Dr. Jim Shank serves as superintendent of schools. His educational background includes teaching as a special education teacher, principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, central office experience as a director of special education, federal programs and assessments, and previous superintendent experience in the states of Washington and Utah. Dr. Shank has also served as a board member for Snow College, a board member of the Advanced Regional Technical Education Coalition (ARTEC) and ARTEC-Industrial (ARTE I), Regional Professional Charter School, founded two online learning schools, and has worked extensively with at-risk youth programs. He received a Doctorate of Education Degree from Idaho State University, Masters of Education and Bachelor of Science Degrees from Brigham Young University.

Dr. Shank is married to Sallie Shank, who works as a technical analyst for Hospital Corporation of America. They have six children.  

Dr. Shank states, “high levels of learning for all students is the context from which I lead. Individualized growth is critical to achieving goals and personal fulfillment.” It is an honor to serve in the Cassia professional learning community and I look forward to working with you to advance your educational experience.