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Faces of leaders at some schools changing

Sat., Aug. 2, 2008

Principals, teachers moving, shuffling, filling in for each other

It’s the principal shuffle.

One retires, one goes back to teaching and another moves to South Korea – setting off a series of staff changes throughout the entire district.

Lana Hamilton is moving from Fernan Elementary School, where she served as principal for five years, to replace retiring Lakes Middle School Vice Principal Steve Caires.

Hamilton will see some familiar faces – Fernan is a feeder school for Lakes.

She is a former speech pathologist, has served as assistant principal at Fernan Elementary and held positions at the district office in her 18-year career with Coeur d’Alene schools.

Coeur d’Alene High Assistant Principal Warren Olson will replace Hamilton as Fernan’s principal.

Olson has spent the past 32 years at Coeur d’Alene High, including a dozen years as a teacher and 11 years as a counselor.

His position is being filled by Troy Schueller, who has spent 11 years with the Kellogg School District. Schueller, a St. Maries native, was most recently principal of Kellogg High.

Sorensen Magnet School will have Jim Gray as its principal.

Gray has spent the past year as vice principal at Canfield Middle School. He was a music teacher for several years and spent the past four as assistant principal at Coeur d’Alene High.

Gray replaces David Miller, who is leaving Sorensen after five years to teach in South Korea.

Canfield’s new vice principal is Nick Lilyquist, who spent the past year splitting his time as Ramsey Elementary’s vice principal and a teacher at Woodland Middle School.

Atlas Elementary Vice Principal Sharon Hanson will be splitting her time between Atlas and Ramsey elementaries.

Kara Smith, teacher at Lake City High since 2000, will assume half of the duties being handled by Lake City Assistant Principal Jim Winger. Winger is returning part-time to teaching and coaching.

Reach reporter Taryn Hecker at (509) 927-2150 or by e-mail at


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