The self-proclaimed "Three Amigas" -- Wanda Quinn, Nancy Sue Wallace and Sue Thilo -- have made quite an impact on the Coeur d'Alene scene. Nancy Sue helped Lake City embrace public art during her tenure as a CdA council woman. Sue Thilo served on the North Idaho College Board of Trustees before being selected to replace Jim Hammond on the Idaho Board of Education. And Wanda has served this community as the long-time chairwoman of the Coeur d'Alene School Board.
She's been a guiding hand for the amazing construction phase the school district has experienced in the past 12 years, including the opening or significant upgrades of both high schools, the alternative high school and a handful of elementaries. During that same time, the board has hired high-caliber superintendents and stayed away from the controversies that bedeviled previous boards, including the Impressions textbook flap that divided the community. It's a shame that Wanda will leave office with the bitter taste of the recent $40M levy defeat in her mouth. But others will complete the task of finishing the building projects. She's earned a breather. And the community's heart-felt thanks -- as have the other amigas.