Posts tagged: NIC trustees
Item: The right site: NIC continues forums on where to build professional technical program facility/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press
More Info: About 80 people from all walks of life attended North Idaho College's three-part forum on the expansion of its professional technical education program. Mark Browning, vice president of community relations and marketing, moderated the event and set the stage for what essentially became a community dialogue over the importance of where the facility is located, and how that will impact the students of those programs. Browning said the NIC Board of Trustees will eventually have to make a decision based primarily of the size of the facility, where it will be located and the skills that will be taught there.
Question: Where should North Idaho College locate an expanded professional education program — on the current campus in Coeur d'Alene or on the Rathdrum Prairie near the new KTEC?
The KCRR officially endorsed the following candidates for North Idaho College Board of Trustees:
Seat A, Paul Matthews
Seat B, Todd Banducci
Seat C, Ron Nilson
KCRR President Ron Lahr explained, “Our conservative Board of Directors looks for qualified conservative candidates who will be effective in office.” “The current NIC Board of Trustees have raised tax rates in Kootenai County by 107% since 2007. Kootenai County deserves a conservative change and these three candidates can provide it” Lahr said. Lahr also said “we believe that these highly qualified NIC Trustee Candidates will work to spend our tax money in a fiscally responsible way that really helps students as well as taxpayers.” Full news release here.
All 4 candidates for the North Idaho College Board of Trustees promised to support the development of the NIC education corridor. When the question was presented to him, Ron Nilson answered simply “yes” when asked if he supported the corridor. “I don’t have horns and a tail,” he said. “I support the education corridor. But I don’t support going forward without a plan.” When opponent Ken Howard explained that a plan has been in place for years for infrastructure and that it will continue to evolve with public input, Nilson responded that “there’s a difference between a well-defined plan and a concept.” Robert Ketchum, Nilson’s running mate, said the purchase of the education corridor is final. At this point, “no action could resist” the corridor. Incumbent Christie Wood said she’s committed to developing the corridor because NIC is landlocked and experiencing “tremendous growth.”
DFO: I attended the debate and posted this to ensure that every candidate is on the record supporting the Education Corridor. The property is too precious to the future of our community college and higher-education opportunities in the community to allow this specific question to go unanswered.
Christie Wood: The Education Corridor has been discussed and planned for purchase for over over 16 years in this community. It was a long process that now assures that this large piece of property with waterfront access is in the hands of the public, and will be utilized for education purposes. In the 1970’s our community and college leaders fought hard for the purchase of the NIC beach. Hard to believe it, but there were people who did not support that acquistion for the public. Some people wanted the land to go to developers. The NIC beach runs the entire length of the Dike road and is heavily utilized by local families for recreation. In the near future the Mill site will compliment the rest of the campus, and be open to the public to enjoy as well.
Question: Which ticket for North Idaho College Board of Trustees do you trust more to oversee the development of the Education Corridor: Wood-Howard or Nilson-Ketchum?
In case you were wondering who to support in the North Idaho College trustees’ races, you should consider the endorsement this morning by Mary Souza/OpenCDA. Mary’s smitten with the tag team of Ron Nilson, pictured, & Robert Ketchum. Ketchum is an “amazing professional” — Mary’s description, not mine — who’s running against incumbent Christie Wood. Nilson, according to Mary, “is a smart, practical, successful businessman who lives in the real world. He knows budgets, sales, hiring, firing and making a business grow. He is also a terrific mentor of young people” Nilson is running against Ken Howard, the Coeur d’Alene attorney who helped bankrupt the Aryan Nations, for the seat now held by Rolly Williams. Mary goes on to harangue Wood & Howard for not agreeing to participate in a debate that the Reagan Republicans are trying to put together. Do you blame ‘em? Mary also hearts Cliff Hayes for county clerk.
Question: How will Mary Souza’s endorsements affect you?
During a special meeting July 28, the North Idaho College Board of Trustees signed a statement proclaiming its support of the Kootenai Technical Education Campus (KTEC) joint technical high school project developed by the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Lakeland school districts.
The KTEC high school will complement NIC’s plans to build a professional-technical education facility on the property purchased on the Rathdrum Prairie near the KTEC high school site. Cda Press Full Story
Mike Patrick at the CDA Press reports: “The North Idaho College Board of Trustees will meet in executive session at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 in the Sherman Building President’s Conference Room. The purpose of the meeting falls under Idaho Code Section 67-2345(c), to discuss matters related to the acquisition of property not owned by a public agency.”
Okay, then. Feel free to opine.