BOISE, Idaho (KLIX) – Allison Westfall, director of community relations for the Nampa School District, will leave her post with the district to join the State Department of Education.

She will start in her new position on Monday, Feb. 13, said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra.

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“We're excited to have Allison join the team as Director of Communications working with Jeff Church and Kelly Everitt to support the department's goal to ensure the public and our stakeholders are well informed and can get the information they need quickly and easily,” Ybarra said in a prepared statement.

Ybarra consulted in November with Soholt Strategic Communications and asked it to conduct a communications review and make recommendations for areas to improve, the news release explains. She and department directors received a verbal report from the reviewers in January.

Ybarra said:

The findings confirmed what I've been hearing that communications is an area where we were under staffed and needs more attention including our website, social media, and serving internal and external stakeholders. I am asking the communication team to take the report and make improvements.

Westfall has many years under her belt working in the education field. Before joining the Nampa School District, where she’s worked for more than a decade, she worked as a public information officer for the State Department of Education and as a journalist for the Idaho Press-Tribune.