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Koler, Quinn, Hazel Apply For Trustee

The Kootenai Board of County Commissioners has received six (6) applications for the vacant position in Trustee Zone 1, Coeur d’ Alene School District 271. The applicants are: Christa Hazel; Duncan Koler; J. Casey Morrisroe; James L. Purtee; Wanda Quinn; and Luke Sommer. The Board has also received approximately 65 questions from the public which will be reviewed by the Commissioners and the current sitting school board members for consideration as part of the interview process. Interviews will be conducted jointly by the Board of County Commissioners and the four trustees of District 271. The public is welcome to attend the interviews.
The interviews will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in the Kootenai County Administration Building, Meeting Rooms 1A/1B/Kootenai County Board of Commissioners news release.


Christa Applies For Trustee Vacancy

On her Facebook wall, Christa Hazel writes: “I submitted my name to the county commissioners to be considered for the Zone 1 school board trustee appointment process. If you have a moment, drop them an email on my behalf. Commissioners Nelson, Green and Tondee can be reached via . Message me if you have any questions. THANKS! Your support is appreciated.”

DFO: Kootenai County commissioners have set 5 p.m. today as deadline for applications for the Coeur d'Alene School Board vacancy caused by the court ouster of appointed Trustee Wanda Quinn. Huckleberries will have the names of those who apply shortly after 5 o'clock today.

CdA School Trustee Interviews Set

The Kootenai County Board of County Commissioners will conduct interviews for the vacant School District 271 trustee position.  The interviews will take place at the county administration building Room 1 at 5 p.m. The commission is accepting questions from the public for the candidates until 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. The board and incumbent trustees will decide which questions from the public will be asked. Send questions to Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 9000, Coeur d'Alene. Or deliver to them to the commissioners office at 451 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene. The public is welcome to attend the interviews.

Wanted: CdA Trustee Applications

On Friday, Kootenai County commissioners will begin accepting applications to fill the Coeur d'Alene School Board vacancy created earlier this year when a judge ruled that trustee Wanda Quinn had been appointed illegally to a board opening last year. The letters of interest will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, April 13. According to a news release from the commissioners office, a resume needs to be included with the letter of interest.  Applications will be accepted from all of the zones within District 271.  Preference will be given to applicants from within Zone 1.  Only Zone 1 residents will be able to stand for election in May 2013. More here.

Question: Should Wanda Quinn reapplied for the vacant trustee post?

Commish To Fill CdA Trustee Vacancy

Item: County commissioners to appoint Cd'A trustee/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: “Randy Adams has rendered his opinion that the vacancy was null and void at the time of the resignation in June of 2011. Therefore, the 120 days has gone past. It is now up to the county commissioners to fill the vacancy,” said school board chair, Sid Fredrickson, on Tuesday. Idaho Code 33-504 requires that a school board must declare a vacancy within 30 days when any trustee resigns.

Question: Which board would you rather see fill the vacancy — commissioners or school trustees?

CdA Board Declares Trustee Vacancy

Nearly three weeks after a district court judge ruled Wanda Quinn's appointment to the Coeur d'Alene School District Board of Trustees to be “null and void,” the four remaining trustees have officially declared a vacancy in the board's Zone 1 seat. At a special board meeting held Monday, trustees also elected to hire outside counsel, other than longtime school district attorney, Charles Dodson, to review and advise them on the process of selecting another appointee. “I think the conflict there is a little too close,” said Trustee Tom Hamilton (pictured), who made the motion to seek alternate representation. The vote was 3-1 in favor of removing Dodson from handling school board business that falls under Idaho Code 33-504, the section of state education law specifically related to school board vacancies. Diane Zipperer cast the lone dissenting vote/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think the Coeur d'Alene School Board will have an easy time finding a consensus candidate?

Hamilton: I Was Answering Honestly

Tom Hamilton re: possible application of Wanda Quinn for a trustee post in response to Christie Wood comment: “What DFO posted was taken from my (private) Facebook page and posted slightly out of context. That post was in response to a direct question asking me “what it would take to get Wanda back on the Board.” I answered that question as truthfully as I could and if you care to look, there was no political motivation in my statement or in my opinion of Wanda. Frankly, I don’t have the faintest idea what Wanda’s political persuasion may be and neither do I care. You must also keep in mind that any opinion I have of Wanda on the Board is based on my experience serving with her since last July as well as her answers to the interview questions (which I heard in person) when she was selected to the Board. Were Wanda to reapply all of those things would factor into any decision I made as well as my stated opinion that I feel she exercised very poor judgement in how she personally handled the controversy of her own appointment.

DFO: The post wasn't exactly private in that it has been posted on for more than a week.

Question: Tom brings up a good question. Should a public figure consider his Facebook page private?

Tom Not Likely To Back Wanda Pick

Coeur d'Alene School Board Trustee Tom Hamilton reacting on his Facebook page to possibility of former trustee Wanda Quinn being reappointed to School Board: “She is certainly welcome to put her hat back in the ring although I don’t have any idea if she intends to. I will be honest with you and tell you that while this was never about Wanda, it will be difficult for me to support her reappointment. I would never besmirch her character, but I do feel she showed very poor judgement in allowing this to go to court. Don’t forget that Terri and I asked no less than 3 times for an administrative solution to this issue. One of those was a motion at a Board meeting that Wanda refused to allow to come to the table. I said all along that I never wanted this to go to court, but I would see it through if I had to. Unfortunately, that is the path they chose…”

Question: Does this statement affect Tom's ability to stay neutral should Wanda apply for reappointment?

Press: Judge Right On Trustee Ruling

A superb trustee has been booted from the Coeur d'Alene School Board because two new board members objected to the manner in which she was appointed. Removing Wanda Quinn hurts in the short run, but this is the right call and the district's patrons will benefit in the long run. This newspaper ardently supported Quinn, one of the state's most respected education officials, to replace Edie (Brooks) McLachlan. Last May, McLachlan announced she was resigning from the board, but she stayed on long enough to help ensure Quinn took her place. As superb as Quinn is, the process used in her appointment was legally and ethically flawed - and the board's newly elected members, Tom Hamilton, left, and Terri Seymour, right, filed a complaint in district court last June to have it nullified. A district court judge this week agreed/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: What kind of candidate would you like to see fill the board vacancy?

CdA Trustees Don’t Declare Vacancy

Item: Coeur d'Alene trustees decline to declar a vacancy/Maureen Dolan, Press

More Info: After ratifying the district's 2011-12 budget, passed in July with Quinn making one of the majority affirmative votes, the trustees did not formally declare a vacancy on the board before adjourning. “I would say that at this time, it certainly is our option to declare a vacancy if we'd like to do so, and frankly, the board has the option at this point to proceed through with an appointment. There may be wisdom in that,” Hamilton said. “I would put forward that during the last election, there was a very close election. That's a possible solution, but I'm not sure that warrants discussion tonight or if prudence would dictate that we seek the advice of legal counsel on how to proceed.”

Also: Huckleberries hears the following witnessed the trustee meeting: Duncan Koler and his wife, Hamilton's attorney, Mary Jo Phinney, Jim Purtee, and Christa Hazel. At one point, Hamilton wondered aloud whether Purtee might be a good choice because he narrowly lost a trustee election 3 years ago.

Question: Should the board appoint Jim Purtee, who lost a close trustee election race three years ago? Or accept applications from everyone interested in the vacancy, including Wanda Quinn?

Wanda Shouldn’t Reapply

A mutual friend asked today if I thought Wanda Quinn should reapply for a spot on the Coeur d'Alene School District Board of Trustees, now that she's been judicially booted to the curb by a 2nd District Judge. I told her Wanda shouldn't. It has nothing to do with her qualifications. I can think of no one in the school district more qualified than she is after multiple terms on the board, including time as chairwoman. I'd guess that , deep down, new Trustees Tom Hamilton and Terri Seymour, would admit that Wanda knows her stuff and probably should continue. But they would be in a bind if they decided to reappoint her, after their successful suit challenging the board's unorthdox appointment of Wanda to a vacancy last year. Also they'd have to explain to certain of their conservative supporters why they thought Wanda should continue. Ultimately, the ouster of Wanda could cause a 2-2 tie for months, which would lead to the Board of Commissioners appointed a new trustee. Wanda's too classy and has served this community too well to put herself through a three month ordeal. Wanda should resist temptation to reapply and accept the gratitude for her service from those not blinded by ideology — DFO.

Question: Do you think Wanda Quinn should reapply for the Coeur d'Alene School Board?

Mary Elated By Quinn Ruling

Predictably, Mary Souza is trumpeting the decision by a 2nd District judge that booted appointee Wanda Quinn from the Coeur d'Alene School Board. Mary, of course, views that as good triumphing over, ahem, evil: “And so the fight for honest, legal, responsible government goes on.  More and more people are getting involved and taking a stand.  WE, the people, are making a difference.  Let’s push through our defeats and celebrate our victories.  Every single person who is working for better government here is a star.  Thank you for your efforts! And cheers to Terri and Tom who, with their courage and resilience, have given us all new hope that the system can improve.” Mary is right that the huns are storming the gates, trashing public servants like Wanda Quinn, Sandi Bloem, and others who have done more to improve our community than they ever will. You can read Mary's latest spiel here.


OpenCDA Lauds Quinn Decision

Unsurprisingly, OpenCDA & Co. are celebrating the decision by 2nd District Judge Michael J. Griffin that voided the appointment of Wanda Quinn to the Coeur d'Alene School District Board of Trustees. Quoth Bill McCrory: “Judge Griffin’s decision took three pages.  It was elegant in its simplicity,  and Judge Griffin applied a concept that would likely be considered unique and innovative (maybe even 'anarchy') by our First District Court judges:  He read and followed Idaho law.” You can read the rest of Blustery Bill's all-out snark here.

Question: It seems to me that Mary/Bill & sympathizers believe in the justice system only when they agree with verdicts. But they seem to think a judge is on the take when a verdict is rendered with which they disagree. What do you think?

Judge Voids Quinn Appointment

A District Court Judge on Wednesday declared invalid an appointment of a Coeur d'Alene school board member in June, finding the board didn't comply with state law in its appointment process. Coeur d'Alene School District Board members Tom Hamilton (pictured) and Terri Seymour filed a complaint in District Court in Kootenai County questioning the validity of Wanda Quinn's appointment to the board. Quinn was appointed to replace former board chair Edie (Brooks) McLachlan. Hamilton told The Press on Wednesday that he and Seymour sought a judge's decision on the matter only after attempts at an administrative resolution failed/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Will remaining Coeur d'Alene School Board trustees reach a consensus on a replacement for Wanda Quinn who's half as qualified as she is?

Judge Voids Quinn Appointment

A judge in Kootenai County district court has declared the June 6 appointment of Wanda Quinn to the Coeur d'Alene School Board to be null and void. Trustees Tom Hamilton and Terri Seymour, who were elected in May and sworn into office on July 1, filed a complaint in district court in July. The complaint alleged that the process the board followed when former board chair Edie McLachlan resigned on May 19 was illegal. It further alleges that the appointment of Wanda Quinn to complete McLachlan's term is invalid/Coeur d'Alene Press.


Christa: IB Audience Misbehaved

Christa Hazel followed a report re: the IB (International Baccalaureate) meeting last night: “I am disappointed that there are so many community members not ashamed to be openly rude and it seemed to fall on one side.  Some people barked at the speakers when they couldn't hear or the speakers were too loud.  One older man interrupted a lady who was speaking about IB teachers like Mr. Ruskovich  and asked why Mr. Ruskovich sends his kids to Charter Academy.  Mr. Ruskovich, from the audience, re-directed the attention by stating, “Why don't you ask me that question, Sir.” As an audience member, it was difficult to hear all of the speakers because of the side conversations in the audience.  One man kept muttering “this is bull****” and kept raising his hand as though he wanted to question each speaker.” Full meeting report here. (Christa Hazel photo: Debbie Morris addressing Wanda Quinn.  Matt Handelmann, assistant Superintendent is seated next to Wanda.)

Question: I noticed this same phenomenon during the final meeting on proposed McEuen Field changes — older adult people in the audience acting like 2-year-olds when they didn't agree with something being said. Why are people in this town so disrespectful in public settings when they disagree with something?

Quinn remains on board, for now

COEUR d'ALENE - Wanda Quinn will remain in her position on the Coeur d'Alene School District Board of Trustees, for now.

In district court Tuesday, Judge Benjamin Simpson denied a pre-trial motion that would have barred the school board from all further action while board chair Quinn remains on the board.

Attorneys representing the district's newest elected trustees, Tom Hamilton and Terri Seymour, filed the request for a preliminary injunction as part of a lawsuit filed in July. The suit questions the validity of Quinn's appointment to the board in June. Read more. Maureen Donlan, Cda Press

Any predictions as to the outcome of this lawsuit?

Press: Wanda Quinn Pick Gets A+

Although critics say the deal was rigged from the get-go - and we have been outspoken critics of the tendency for school board trustees to retire/resign and then appoint their replacements, rather than let voters decide - we can't argue with the selection of Quinn. While Quinn is the most likely of the finalists to represent a continuation of recent board policies and programs - support for superb but controversial offerings like International Baccalaureate classes, as well as giving qualified teachers a strong voice in determining what novels should be read in high school - she also is the one candidate who clearly is most qualified to jump right in at such a crucial time in public education/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that the Coeur d'Alene Press endorsed the appointment of Wanda Quinn to the Coeur d'Alene School Board?

Poll: Hucks Nation Tabs Quinn, Too

  • Monday Poll: Hucks Nation agreed with the Coeur d'Alene School Board's unanimous appointment of former chairwoman Wanda Quinn to fill the spot of resigning Chairwoman Edie Brooks. Quinn received 51 of 103 votes (49.51%) from Hucks Nation, followed by Christa Hazel with 35 of 103 (33.98%). Conservative Jim Purtee got 13 votes (12.62%) while Tony Norris & Carole Springer tied w/2 votes (1.94%) each.
  • Twitter Scandal: 84 of 147 respondents (57.14%) put U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter scandal in the same league as former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's toe-tapping scandal. 43 of 147 respondents (29.25%) consider Craig's scandal worse. 19 of 147 (12.93%) consider Weiner's scandal worse. 1 respondent was undecided.
  • Better/Worse Off: 33 of 94 (35.11%) say they expect to be worse off by the time the 2012 presidential election is held. The same number expect to be doing about the same. 28 of 94 (29.79%) expect to be better off in November 2012.
  • Today's Question: Do a married person's online flirtations — including explicit ones — count as infidelity?

School Board Picks Wanda Quinn 5-0

After a round-robin interview with all five candidates seeking appointment to the seat being vacated by Chairwoman Edie Brooks, the Coeur d'Alene School Board unanimously picked former chairwoman Wanda Quinn, pictured, a long-time former trustee. Few will be surprised by the move. Trustees-elect Tom Hamilton (who was present during the interviews) and Terri Seymour had lobbied the board not to make the selection until they became members July 1. The candidates — Quinn, Christa Hazel, Tony Norris, Jim Purtee, and Carole Stringer — answered 11 questions during the forum and a 12th question in writing re: how they would handle parents' inquiries. Afterward, the trustees voted for their choice by secret ballot. The result was read by the board secretary. Brooks then made her resignation effective immediately. Quinn will take her seat when the board meets tonight. No public input was allowed. Dan Gookin and Duncan Koler's wife were also present at the meeting. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce)

Question: Do you approve of the method & decision used by Coeur d'Alene School Board to select the replacement for resigning Chairwoman Edie Brooks?

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