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School Board Agenda Lacking Again?

The Coeur d'Alene School Board has another nebulous real estate transaction listed on their agenda for its monthly meeting in November, which begins at 5 p.m. Monday at the Midtown Center Meeting Room, 1505 N5th. At 8 p.m., the board is scheduled to discuss "Real Estate Transaction -- Wendell Wardell -- action: potential lease/purchase district office." Once again, there is no notice regarding which specific piece of property will be discussed, a weak point that Chairman Tom Hamilton conceded in last month's agenda with regards to real estate transactions that involved sale of Person Field and 10 acres of School District property on the edge of the Northshire subdivision, off Atlas Road, including Coeur d'Alene's first dog park, Central Bark.  The public will need to attend the meeting to discover what property will be considered and action could be taken that evening.  That, or Hamilton is welcome to tell us about this one on Huckleberries. Coeur d'Alene School Board agenda here.

Chairman Tom Hamilton responds: @DFO - Idaho Code 67-2345 (c) specifically allows for the Board to meet in Executive Session to discuss the acquisition (not the sale) of real property when it is not owned by a public agency. The reason should be obvious and that is to avoid a potential bidding war or other artificial inflation of the purchase price when it is disclosed that a public entity is interested in purchasing a property. See more in comments section.


D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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