Two conservative patrons are challenging moderate incumbents on the Post Falls school board in May elections.
Elsewhere in North Idaho, patrons are showing mixed interest in open school board seats.
Don Morgan, an outspoken Post Falls parent, is challenging board chairman Kevin Schneidmiller for the three-year term in Zone 2.
“I see a distinct difference between the incumbent’s vision for the school district and mine,” Morgan said. “His is a gradual change and maintenance of the status quo. I want to see the district make big changes.”
Dissatisfied with the quality of education in the public schools, Morgan enrolled his own two children in Catholic schools.
Morgan is pushing a proposal to turn one of the three elementary schools into a military-style school, where students have a strict dress and discipline code, and basic academics are emphasized.
His plan is supported by Robert Hunt, a retired Naval officer, who is challenging Ed Adamchak for the one-year term in Zone 5.
Hunt’s interest is primarily driven by his opposition to outcome-based education, a philosophy of teaching that emphasizes that all children can achieve certain skills.
Hunt said he thinks it places too much importance on children’s selfesteem.
“Frankly, when they go get a job, no one cares how they feel,” Hunt said.
Adamchak was appointed last year. He has two children in the public schools.
“The superintendent (Dick Harris) has really brought this school district around,” Adamchak said.
Here are the candidates in other contested races in North Idaho:
Coeur d’Alene Zone 2 incumbent Vern Newby is being challenged by Larry Rook and Pamela Fink. In Zone 3, former school board member Tim Olson is challenging incumbent Eli Ross.
In Bonner County, Priest River residents Teresa Asbill and Todd Sudick have filed for the seat being vacated by trustee Cindy Cunningham. Sudick may not be eligible to run, however, because his wife is a teacher in the district.
In Kellogg, Susan Costa, who was appointed to the board, is being challenged by Ray Faraca, a retired school teacher.
St. Maries trustee Mark Reynolds is stepping down. Vying for his seat are Michael Stone and Tami Holdahl.
Plummer/Worley School District has two contested races. Incumbent Al Walters and Linda Chilson are running for Zone 2, while in Zone 6 incumbent Walter Floch is being challenged by Rick Foster, a saw mill supervisor.
In all other school board races, candidates are either running unopposed, or no one has filed to run for the open seat. Write-in candidates may enter until May 11.