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Bubba: Hamilton Maturing Politically

Bubba32 (re: Purtee resigns from School Board for health reasons): I think the board will appoint Christa Hazel. Tom appreciates thoughtful, open dialogue, which Christa will provide. She is dedicated and well-versed in school board issues. It will also demonstrate that the board is committed to move beyond mere ideology and have a board that reflects its constituency. Over the course of his chairmanship Tom is politically maturing. He may be more open at this time to demonstrate that he is willing to work with people who do not see through his same lens, which will help the community reach a lasting compromise. I sense a growing quality of leadership in Tom Hamilton that is only just beginning to bud. For that reason, I will not cynically assume a RR will be appointed.

Question: What type of individual does the Coeur d'Alene School Board need to pick to fill the vacancy created by Purtee's resignation?

Purtee Resigns For Health Reasons

There is going to be an open seat on the Coeur d'Alene School District's Board of Trustees, again. Jim Purtee, who was appointed to the Zone 1 board position in April, submitted his written resignation Wednesday to board chair Tom Hamilton, giving an effective date of Nov. 15. “I have spent the last week undergoing lengthy medical examinations in Houston, Tex., at The Houston Medical Center,” Purtee wrote in the Oct. 31 letter. “The diagnoses confirm a personal and familial challenge in the coming years.” Purtee stated that the unnamed health issue will preclude his school trustee duties. “It is my priority at this stage in my life to place personal health and family above all else,” Purtee wrote/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: Here's the individuals who applied for the position before the county commissioners appointed Purtee: Casey Morrisroe, Duncan Koler, Luke Sommer, Christa Hazel and Wanda Quinn. (Hint: Luke Sommer is on the Reagan Republican Board of Directors, as is CSB Trustee Jim Hightower)

Question: Do you think anyone who doesn't subscribe to Hard Right political views has a chance to be appointed to the Coeur d'Alene School Board?

Purtee Resigns From School Board

School Board Trustee Jim Purtee submitted his resignation from the school board today citing a need to reduce his commitments and focus on current health issues, according to a news release circulated by Laura Rumpler for the Coeur d'Alene School District. Trustee Purtee notified Chairman Tom Hamilton that his resignation is effective Nov. 15. “I thanked Trustee Purtee for his service and want to honor his decision to step down due to health reasons,” stated Chair Hamilton.  “Being a school board member takes a large commitment of time and is stressful and Jim needs to dedicate his energy elsewhere.  I am aware of the health issues that Trustee Purtee is facing and can say that in the same circumstance, I would make the same decision.” More here.


Zipperer Quits CdA School Board

The Press has learned that Coeur d'Alene School Trustee Diane Zipperer has resigned from the board effective immediately. For the first time in months, the five-member board was full following Thursday's appointment of Jim Purtee to fill the long-vacant Zone 1 seat. The board had operated with four members since February when a district judge invalidated the appointment of Wanda Quinn. Following an interview process, the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners appointed Purtee, a Coeur d'Alene businessman, to join Tom Hamilton, Terri Seymour, Sid Fredrickson and Zipperer on the board. Following Idaho code, the commissioners were tasked with selecting a school trustee to appoint because the Zone 1 seat was vacant for more than 120 days/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: The resignation comes fast on the heels of the appointment of James Purtee to the Coeur d'Alene School Board by Kootenai County commissioners. How will this resignation affect the School Board?

County Picks Purtee For Trustee Spot

Item: Purtee named trustee: Commissioners fill vacancy on Cd'A School Board/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: After two hours of interviewing and an hour of discussion, all in front of a crowd of more than 100, the Kootenai County commissioners voted unanimously on Thursday evening to select James Purtee to fill the Zone 1 trustee seat on the Coeur d'Alene School District board. Emphasizing that any of the six applicants for the vacant seat were well qualified and could have served the district well, the commissioners noted that Purtee, owner of Jimmy's Down the Street restaurant in Coeur d'Alene, has shown repeated interest in seeking a board position and will bring decades of financial experience to the five-member board.

DFO: Commissioner Tondee raised a good point re: Purtee coming within 7 votes of winning a trustee spot in a race three years ago.

Question: How does this appointment affect the balance of power on the split Coeur d'Alene School Board?

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