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Hearn Explains Why He Stepped Aside

Trustee Tom Hearn of the Coeur d'Alene School Board explains in this Facebook post why he didn't want to continue as chairman: "I had made a decision some months ago that I was not interested in being Chair again this next year, though maybe again sometime in the future. It made sense for lots of reasons that I won’t go into for me to be Chair last year as we transitioned to a new school board after a very contentious election. The decision of the community last year based on the very strong winning percentages of the new board members was for a change in the direction of the Board. I think I have helped lead that change but it is now time for Christa to lead the school board and she will do an excellent job and will be acceptable to some groups in the community that didn’t like me in the Chair position."Complete Facebook post here.

Question: I think this was a good move by former chairman Hearn. He had picked up baggage as a result of the controversy re: the district's look at the anti-discrimination policy. He deserves credit for getting the school board through a difficult year in which Hard Right critics were aching for a fight after the community rejected their ticket to continue control of the school board. Thoughts?

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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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