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Board Picks Handelman Interim Supt

The Coeur d’Alene School Board tapped Matthew Handelman to be interim superintendent of the school district Friday, replacing 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 today 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/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

  • Coeur d'Alene SD news release here.

Question: From the quotes in the CSD news release, it sounds as though the trustees are already leaning toward Associate Supt. Handelman for the permanent job. What do you think?

Redux: Bauman Contract Renewed

The decision by Superintendent of Schools Hazel Bauman to seek work in western Washington comes as a surprise because the School Board gave her good grades earlier this year when they added a year to her contract. Here's the Coeur d'Alene Press story from Feb. 5, 2013:

School trustees in Coeur d'Alene gave Superintendent Hazel Bauman (pictured in school district photo) high marks Monday before voting unanimously to add another year to the district's top administrator's contract. The extension will keep Bauman in her position through June 30, 2016. “I would like to publicly say that one of the best things about this job has been working with you. I have enjoyed that and I look forward to continuing that relationship quite a bit,” said board chair Tom Hamilton. Trustee Ann Seddon thanked Bauman for being accessible to board members and for sharing her insight with them. Bauman thanked the board for their support and gave credit to the school district employees. … Bauman's annual pay remains $123,971, the same amount she has been receiving since 2009-10, when Bauman took a voluntary 5 percent pay cut decreasing her then $130,496 annual salary by $6,525/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Bauman Finalist For Washington Job

Originally posted at 8:05 p.m. Thursday

Coeur d'Alene Superintendent of Schools Hazel Bauman sent out a mass email to her staff at 6:36 this evening, saying she was a finalist for a job as superintendent of the Central Kitsap (Wash.) School District. Here's that email:

Good Evening Fellow Staff,

With a great deal of mixed emotions I am sending this message to you in regards to my candidacy for a position as Superintendent in the Central Kitsap  school district in western Washington.

I learned last night that I am a finalist and will be interviewed this weekend.

Because the interview and application process is public I wanted to let you know about this tonight. I respect and admire the work  you do everyday for children and hold you in the deepest of regards.

To say I will miss you and the community of Coeur d'Alene is an understatement of biblical proportions , however I am excited for a new opportunity to be closer to family and to  use my skills in a different way.


Question: Do you think the turmoil surrounding the Coeur d'Alene School District prompted Superintendent Bauman to look for work elsewhere?

Trustees Extend Bauman Contract

Hazel Bauman will continue leading the Coeur d'Alene School District for another three years. At Monday's school board meeting, trustees voted unanimously to extend Bauman's contract as superintendent for another year through June 30, 2015. The terms of Bauman's employment contract have not changed, nor has Bauman's salary increased. Her annual pay amount remains $123,971, the same amount she has been receiving since July 1, 2009. In March of that year, the board allowed Bauman to take a voluntary 5 percent pay cut decreasing her then $130,496 salary by $6,524.80/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Bauman must be doing something right to get the unanimous endorsement of the split Coeur d'Alene School Board trustees, right?

Bauman Sorry For Vik Fan Behavior

I am saddened that last Friday night's boys' basketball game between Coeur d'Alene High School and Post Fall High will be remembered for poor judgment by a spirited crowd of students and inadequate adult supervision. I am encouraged, though, by the thoughtful community dialogue of what constitutes good sportsmanship that has emerged over the past few days. CHS is a better school than Friday night's snapshot of behavior. As the Superintendent of the Coeur d'Alene School District I apologize to the players, students, parents and administrators of Post Falls High School. We did not create an atmosphere of respect and positive competition — period/Hazel Bauman, Coeur d'Alene Superintendent of Schools, via Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: What do you make of Superintendent Bauman's apology?

DanG Calls Bell, Bauman On Carpet

At OpenCDA.com, Dan Gookin seems to have caught the Coeur d'Alene School District trying to sway a Coeur d'Alene Press poll that asks: "What do you think of Coeur d'Alene School District asking voters for $12.9 million a year for two years to supplement its budget?" Gookin provides a copy of an e-mail that was reportedly circulated with the blessings of North Idaho College President Priscilla Bell and Coeur d'Alene Superintendent Hazel Bauman. Gookin writes: "This is really underhanded and shoddy. I am extremely disappointed, especially because I believed in Superintendent Bauman’s efforts at transparency. Schools are worthy of our support. SD271 has done a lot to cut their budget. I believe they can do more, so I will support the renewal of the $7.8M supplemental levy in March, but not the second option. I find that option fiscally irresponsible — especially given that SD271 has gone on a hiring spree for new administrators in the midst of a financial crisis. People are hurting and I don’t think SD271 gets it." More here.

Question: I'm regularly told that the unscientific polls run by newspapers — or even this blog site — are frivilous and not to be taken seriously. Yet, I know people occasionally try to manipulate polls that they are invested in. How seriously do you take newspaper polls?

CdA Schools To Break Tax Pledge

Item: Coeur d’Alene School District to go back on pledge to reduce dependence on property taxes/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press

Christa Hazel: The interesting thing about this levy is that it is a Maintenance and Operations Levy instead of a levy for improvements or new buildings/programs.  A failed M&O really will impact our schools.  This first looks like poor planning — barely two months ago voters approved a new facility/program that raised our taxes. The unforeseen global economic downturn didn’t just happen since August.  On the other had, an M&O Levy’s failure means teachers layoffs, less instructional time, less activities, etc.  So maybe it is strategic planning on the District’s part to have a Chicken Little type campaign for the larger amount in a March levy.

Question: Is it a good idea to break a promise re: property taxes in the current Fire Engine Red Kootenai County political environment?

Officials: Ignore Westboro Protesters

Do not confront them. That’s the best way to respond to protesters from Westboro Baptist Church, say human rights leader Tony Stewart and Coeur d’Alene School District Superintendent Hazel Bauman. “We abhor the message promulgated by this group,” Bauman wrote Tuesday, in an e-mail sent to some of her key staff members. “We will not engage with them and will do all we can to prevent our students from engaging with them as this is their ploy. We do not wish to play into their hands or even dignify this bigotry with a response”/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Do you agree with Tony Stewart & Hazel Bauman that the best way to deal with the Westboro Baptist Church protesters is to ignore them?

Hazel Orders KTEC Link Removed

Superintendent Hazel Bauman of Coeur d’Alene School District order a link to KTECHigh.org removed after she received this e-mail from patron Jacob Minter: “As you’re aware, the Coeur d’Alene School District’s main website contains a brochure about KTEC which provides a link to ktechigh.org as a source of ‘more information’ on the proposal.  Linking there is highly inappropriate on the District’s part given that this website is wildly biased in favor of KTEC and even contains an explicit plea to ‘[v]ote YES on the KTEC Levy, coming August 24th.’  The District’s responsibility should be to provide accurate, objective information to parents and voters so that they can make an informed decision at the ballot box. It should not be directing curious voters to sites biased one way or the other, especially sites explicitly instructing readers to ‘vote yes’ or ‘vote no.’”

Question: Did Hazel Bauman do the right thing by removing the link?

Task force dispels many IB criticisms

COEUR d’ALENE - The findings of a task force formed in the wake of public controversy regarding the Coeur d’Alene School District’s International Baccalaureate programs were presented Monday to trustees.

“The board distilled all of the input from various constituents within the last few months,” said Superintendent Hazel Bauman. What board members came up with was a series of questions that needed to be answered, Bauman said. Maureen Donlan, Cda Press Full Story.

Will these findings quiet the controversy over the IB program?

Is Tech-Ed Campus Truly Win-Win?

RE: Coeur d’Alene Press op-ed: Kootenai Technical Education Campus is win-win situation/Hazel Bauman, Jerry Keane, Mary Ann Ranells

Christa Hazel: It’s difficult for me to categorize KTEC as a “Win-Win” when 1) there are several schools in our district with no HVAC or 25% recycled fume air; 2) my school principal has warned there isn’t enough money for paper or to fix our copier so we may not have homework next year (seriously); 3) the Long Range Planning Committee for the dist…rict has identified 42 million dollars of listed projects that have been waiting for years to be addressed. While KTEC is a good idea, I don’t understand why NOW is the right time to move forward expanding programs when our existing buildings need improvement. And for that reason, I will be voting no on the Aug 24 levy. Whether you vote yes or no, please make a point to participate in the upcoming levy election.

Question: Do you view the Kootenai Technical Education Campus being pushed by the local school districts superintendents in the Press op-ed piece a win-win in these tough economic times, too?

HBO Poll: Lost Faith In Hazel, Trustees

  • Tuesday’s Poll: 98 of 133 respondents (74%) said they’d lost at least some faith in Superintendent Hazel Bauman and the Coeur d’Alene School Board after they pushed through an unpopular plan to allow school teachers to collaborate Monday mornings, pushing back the beginning of school. 23 of 133 respondents (17%) said they hadn’t lost faith in Bauman and the trustees. 12 of 133 (9%) were undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: Should human rights protections be extended to the gay and lesbian community in Idaho?

CdA High Students Stage Walkout

At 12:30 p.m. today, Coeur d’Alene High students began protesting what they felt was misrepresentation on the part of Superintendent Hazel Bauman and other administrators of the successful $7.8 million levy election April 21. The students walked out of their sixth period classes and gathered outside of Jordan Court by the general student parking lot. Students believe that Bauman promised not to cut district athletic budgets in exchange for help on the levy, which passed with 74% approval. Afterward, coaches, athletes and sports supporters say they felt betrayed when told that the budgets — about $250,000 for both local high schools, including $75,000 for activities — would be cut by 50%. On Thursday, the Coeur d’Alene Educators Association staged a protest outside the District office. The crowd, wearing red, chanted and were reportedly a group large enough to require traffic to detour elsewhere because they blocked off the street. The CEA claims the district made misrepresentations to members about the levy and future cuts. Teachers at th protest report that Superintendent Bauman came to the front steps of the district office but did not address the crowd.

Question: Do you think Superintendent Hazel Bauman is doing a good job?

CDA Cuts School Levy By $1M

Item: Cd’A levy could be $1M less: Superintendent asks trustees for lower amount at Monday meeting/Maureen Dolan, CDA Press

More Info: Superintendent Hazel Bauman recommended to trustees at a special board meeting Monday that the district set the levy amount at $7.8 million. Before making her recommendation, Bauman spent two weeks speaking with and polling nearly 300 people representing community groups — the chamber of commerce, the Rotary, the Parent-Teacher Association Alliance, Jobs Plus, the Excel Foundation and Concerned Businesses of North Idaho. Just 1 percent of those Bauman asked thought it would be a good idea to increase the levy amount while 68 percent were in favor of decreasing it, and 31 percent thought it should remain the same.

Question: Do you believe Superintendent Hazel Bauman’s inclusive approach to setting a levy amount guarantees its passage?