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Hamilton: Shame On Sorensen Chair

On his Facebook page, Coeur d'Alene School Board Chairman Tom Hamilton chastizes Sorensen Magnet School fund-raising Chairman Adam Graves for criticizing trustees in an Coeur d'Alene Press op-ed piece:

Mr. Graves, had you wished the Board to be in attendance, the most certain way to accomplish that would have been to formally invite the Board as you did with several District Administrators. Knowing that formal invitations (likely printed by your firm) were mailed to several District Administrators, the Board is left to assume that your failure to extend the same invitation to the Trustees could only be an act of omission, deliberate or otherwise. Could it be that an opportunity to slander the Board was your intent all along? If so, shame on you for creating a blight out of what should be viewed as a great success for Sorensen. If the lack of a formal invitation to the Board was indeed merely an oversight, then shame on you for publically chastising the Board for what was in fact, your failure as Chairman for the fundraiser. More here.

Question: Izzit just me, or would Chairman Hamilton and appointed Trustee Brent Regan have been better served simply by saying: “Oops. Sorry for missing the fund-raiser. Congratulations on your success”?

Graves’ Op-Ed Miffs Trustee Regan

An op-ed column by Adam Graves in the Coeur d'Alene Press has gotten under the skin of appointed Coeur d'Alene School Board Trustee Brent Regan. In it, Graves wonders why none of the School Board members attended the annual Sorensen Magnet School auction that raised $85,000:

Adam Graves: What was disheartening to myself and to other parents, teachers and attendees that I spoke to at the auction is that not a single current school board member came to show their support and see what a special thing they have in their district. Not one. They seemed to have no problem clearing their schedules to attend the Republican Fundraiser Lincoln Dinner only weeks earlier. This seems to paint a picture of where their priorities lie, and it is apparently not with the children or the success of our schools. Coeur d'Alene Press op-ed & comments section here.

Brent Regan response in comments section: I investigated the circumstances that Mr. Graves complains about. As it turns out, some members of the administration did receive invitations to the Sorensen event by mail. However, Board members did not receive invitations. As chairman of the event, it was Mr. Graves' responsibility to invite public officials. At best, his indignation is the direct result of his own incompetence. Also: Regan has a lengthier response on his Facebook page.

Question: Perhaps the School Board members should spend as much time at important school functions as they do mugging for the various Republican luncheons and dinners in town?

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