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Hamilton: City Didn’t Ask For Time

Responding to Coeur d'Alene Press story reporting that Central Bark, the dog park in the Northshire subdivision area (Atlas & Nez Perce), is for sale along with adjacent Coeur d'Alene School District property, School Board Chairman Tom Hamilton commented:”

It should be noted that Superintendent Bauman, myself and Trustee Seddon all attended and spoke at the City Council meeting where Person Field was discussed. A number of representatives from the city were also there and although it was noted several times that the Northshire property was also be disposed of by the district, no one from the city spoke of any interest in that property. Mr. Wardell is exactly correct in his statement that had the City Council asked for time to consider Northshire (as they did with Person Field) the Board more than likely would have seen fit to honor that request.

Question: Should the School Board back off & give the city of Coeur d'Alene time to also purchase the 1.8 acres that contains the Central Bark dog park?

Christa: More CSB Notice Wanted

Christa Hazel: My issue with the Person Field topic Monday night has to do with public notice. The agenda stated that the presentation by Mr. Wardell would cover disposal of real property WITHOUT naming which properties. In the future, I would hope the board would have the foresight to detail this on the agenda. Kudos to Trustee Seddon for speaking to this lack of notice and kudos to Trustee Hamilton for allowing public comment based on the revelation regarding these two properties.

Question: I suspect the new School Board learned a lesson from the Person Field blowback re: notice on important issues. Tom?

Wardell: Many Plusses For CSD Bond

In a guest opinion for the Coeur d'Alene Press, Finance Director Wendell Wardell of the Coeur d'Alene School District discusses the $32.7M bond election set for Aug. 28: “A school construction bond acts like a home mortgage for the school district. It has a principal and interest payment and, in this case, repayment is spread over 13 years. Another funding mechanism used to support buildings is a School Plant Facility (SPFL) which is a simple levy over a similar time frame. Of the two ways, the School Bond we are proposing is the most homeowner and community friendly. For the community, it's about jobs and putting an economic infusion of $32.7 million dollars into circulation relatively quickly. For the homeowner, the cost is spread over 13 years. The district seeks to lock in (within the bond market) the current $.42 per $1,000 of assessed property value. We can maintain this current tax rate because both the Lake City High School Bond and KTEC School Plant Facilities Levy are expiring this year.” More here.

Question: Why are/aren't you supporting the $32.7M school bond?

School District Picks Top Pencil Pusher

The Coeur d’Alene School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Wendell Wardell as the district’s Chief Operating Officer.  Wardell’s first day with the district will be May 31. Wendell Wardell brings over forty years of financial and executive-level management experience to his new position.  “We are thrilled to have found a person who has the depth and breadth of experience in both the private and public sector to bring a fresh set of eyes to the finance and operations of the district,” stated Hazel Bauman, Superintendent. Wardell has served as the Business and Finance Manager of the Community Library Network in North Idaho for the past twelve years.  Prior professional experience includes President/CEO of Bromar Arizona and Montana, a food brokerage company, and service in the United States Air Force/Laura Rumpler, Coeur d'Alene School District. More here.

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