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Early Trustee Decisions Worry Some

Illustration of Coeur d'Alene School Board (from left, Terri Seymour, Ann Seddon, Tom Hamilton and James Purtee) by Pacific Northwest Inlander.

In the Inlander, Daniel Walters reports on the Coeur d'Alene School Board: It took an election, three resignations and a lawsuit. But now, after a little more than a year, the Coeur d’Alene school board has all new members. And to some observers, the changes have brought about a notable ideological shift. Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Dan Gookin says there’s at least a perception of a shift rightward, while the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans praise the board’s new fiscal conservativism. Amid the controversy, the fledgling school board has a challenge: Pass a school bond while assuring Coeur d’Alene its focus is on education âeuro;” not politics. “The teachers remain concerned about what this board’s going to do. We need to allow some time to pass,” board president Tom Hamilton says. “We’re not crazy, we’re not radical, we’re not out to shut down public education.” “I’ll be blunt,” Hamilton says about his first year on the school board, “We’d appreciate being able to put a lot of it behind us.” More here.

Question (for Chairman Tom Hamilton): Who say you support the $32.7M bond to fix local elementaries & Canfield MS. But you wouldn't support it if the old board was still running things. Can you explain what you mean?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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