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CdA school district chooses interim superintendent

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.

CdA schools chief gets West Side post

Coeur d’Alene School District Superintendent Hazel Bauman will leave at the end of June to take the job of interim superintendent of a school district in Western Washington. Bauman announced Wednesday night she accepted an offer to lead the Central Kitsap School District for one year. With about 10,600 students, the Central Kitsap district is slightly larger than the Coeur d’Alene district.

Recent attacks prompt CdA district to form task force

Coeur d’Alene School District’s superintendent is pulling together a task force focused on student behavior. The decision comes in the wake of two knife attacks at district middle schools.

Eye on Boise: Lawmakers fail again on texting ban

BOISE – For a third year in a row, the Idaho Legislature has been unable to agree on a new law to ban texting while driving. The only bill considered this year, HB 141a, was killed in the House last week after much debate.

Eye on Boise: Move afoot to rein in specialty license plates

BOISE – New Idaho Senate Transportation Chairman Jim Hammond, R-Post Falls, thinks the state issues specialty license plates for too many themes and causes, so he’s proposing legislation to limit them to state or public agencies or “foundations supporting the interests of state or local government.” Hammond said he doesn’t want to do away with any of the existing specialty plates, which would be grandfathered in. “Any further specialty plates would have to support a general government good,” he said. “The government of Idaho would get out of the business of raising money for private causes.”

As funding wanes, school districts look to levies

Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene school districts, like most in the nation, have made tough cuts in the past two years because of a declining economy. Education officials expect the money problems to get worse as federal stimulus dollars go away and districts deplete their savings.

Explosives devices ignited at CdA school

No one was injured and no damage was reported after three small explosive devices were found detonated near Coeur d’Alene High School’s football field Thursday morning. After the school resource officer learned about the explosives around 10 a.m. and contacted police, the school was locked down, Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Christie Wood said.

Students, faculty inspired by magnet schools’ approach

Anna Wilson remembers the first-grader who told her the schoolwide science day at Ramsey Elementary had been the best day of his life. “How can you argue with that?” said Wilson, principal of the Coeur d’Alene school. “They were learning; they were having fun; it was hands-on.”

Districts juggle snow days, changes as school begins

Across the Inland Northwest, students are sharpening their pencils and packing their backpacks in anticipation of the first day of school. Some schools begin today; others begin next week. All have snow days built into their schedules, but not all have the same number.

Voters approve technical campus on Rathdrum Prairie

Voters in three North Idaho school districts Tuesday said yes to a levy that will raise property taxes for two years to build a $9.5 million professional-technical high school on the Rathdrum Prairie. Voters in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls overwhelmingly supported the measure with 65 percent and 66 percent approval, respectively. In the Lakeland School District, the measure squeaked by, earning 55.27 percent, just above the 55 percent approval rating required.