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Chairman Explains School Switch

Coeur d'Alene School Board Chairman Tom Hamilton addresses possible problems at Hayden Meadows:

Secondly, while I would say that most of the staff at Hayden Meadows are excellent at what they do and have been a blessing to my children personally, I stand by my wife’s description of a “poisonous element” at that school. That element is small, but the impact they have had on us as a family is significant. One member of the staff at HM is on record in the CDA Press referring to schools in our district that don’t have PYP as “mediocre” and parents such as my wife and I who oppose PYP as part of a “subculture” similar to the “KKK and the Aryan Nations”. Similar views and other more hurtful statements have been expressed to other people that we know, but since those are 3rd party to me, I won’t repeat them here. However, the quotes I reference above are in print and can easily be verified if one cares to look. More here.


Mrs. Hamilton’s Testimony

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Mrs. Hamilton’s testimony to CdA School Board

On Tuesday, Katie Hamilton, wife of Coeur d'Alene School Board Chairman Tom Hamilton, testified (hear audio above) that her family moved a child from Hayden Meadows to another school, as a result of problems with pro-PYP staff members. Mrs. Hamilton's allegations of possible harassment of a child by school staff members as a result of her husband's position against PYP is unsettling. If true. Maybe the matter should be reviewed by an independent source, to put the matter to rest. School children shouldn't be harassed as a result of a parent's stand on a controversial issue. Nor should the reputation of school staffers be damaged by a baseless accusation. What do you think?

Mrs. Hamilton Blasts School Staffers

I just listened to the public testimony of Katie Hamilton, wife of Coeur d'Alene School Board Chairman Tom Hamilton, from last night. During the testimony, she said that one of her two children had been slandered by the pro-PYP elements at Hayden Meadows School as a result of her husband's stand on the issue, prompting the Hamiltons to transfer a child to Dalton Elementary. She also called for administrators to address the “poisonous” pro-PYP staff members at Hayden Meadows School. As a private citizen, Katie Hamilton has a right to her opinion. Her husband certainly doesn't have to apologize for her statement at a public hearing attacking Hayden Meadows staff members, including one teacher whom Mrs. Hamilton said she'd had one or two run-ins with. However, her husband, as chairman of the Coeur d'Alene School Board, should let his constituents know if his wife's views of Hayden Meadows School and the staff reflect his.

Question: Should Chairman Tom Hamilton have recused himself from this vote, given his emotional involvement in this matter?

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