CdA school district chooses interim superintendent

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013

Replacement search will be held at the end of the year

The Coeur d’Alene School Board tapped Matthew Handelman to be interim superintendent of the school district Friday. He will replace outgoing Superintendent Hazel Bauman.

Handelman is the associate superintendent of Coeur d’Alene public schools. Bauman this week accepted an offer to become interim superintendent of the Central Kitsap School District in Western Washington.

The Coeur d’Alene board met Friday to accept Bauman’s resignation and release her from her contract effective July 1. Trustees voted unanimously to offer Handelman the interim job, and he will take the helm of the district for the year beginning July 1.

“I believe we have an extremely solid executive team in place, and Matthew Handelman is the right choice to lead us at this time,” board Chairman Tom Hamilton said.

Handelman was hired as associate superintendent in summer 2010. For the past two years, he also has served as the district’s elementary director and curriculum director. Previously, he was principal of Moran Prairie Elementary School in Spokane for nine years.

Before starting a search for a permanent superintendent, the school board plans to develop a strategic plan this summer that includes defining the mission, values and goals of the school district. That will give the board a good idea of what it wants in a new leader, Hamilton said.

The board anticipates starting a superintendent search in December or January.

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