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Another Cd'A school trustee calls it quits

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Posted: Monday, July 9, 2012 7:59 pm

Sid Fredrickson, the chair of the Coeur d'Alene school board, resigned earlier this evening during the board's annual organizational meeting.

His resignation is effective immediately.  

Fredrickson, who has been a Coeur d'Alene trustee since 2002, is the second to leave the board in less than three months. Diane Zipperer, another long-time board member, resigned in April. 

The remaining members of what should be a five-member board are Tom Hamilton, Terri Seymour, Ann Seddon and Jim Purtee.

Hamilton and Seymour are serving their first terms after being elected to the board in May 2011, and Purtee was appointed in April to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Edie (Brooks) McLachlan. 

Seddon was appointed in May to replace Zipperer. 

Laura Rumpler, the school district's spokeswoman, told The Press the remaining trustees elected Hamilton to serve as the board's chair, and Purtee to serve as vice-chair.  

The board will likely accept Fredrickson’s resignation during their next scheduled meeting, an already planned board workshop on Monday, July 23 at 5 p.m. at the Midtown Center.  At that meeting the board will consider the next steps necessary to declare a vacancy and develop a process to appoint a successor to fill the remainder of Fredrickson’s term through June 2013.

 The Press will provide additional details about Fredrickson's resignation when they are available. 


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  • Kali posted at 9:41 pm on Fri, Sep 21, 2012.

    Kali Posts: 5

    My opinion is that we should try and improve online education platforms. That way we could probably reduce some of the overall costs of education, including teacher salaries. Hope you agree with me on this matter.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 7:08 am on Thu, Jul 12, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    OH get the H3!! over yourself arius1.

    EVERYONE works hard for their money. NOT just teachers. EVERYONE puts in extra time to their job. Your wife knew what the job paid before she took it. I am SO freaking sick of ALL government paid whiners.

  • arius1 posted at 11:52 am on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    arius1 Posts: 893

    @ chouli.. you have no idea how hard the majority of teachers work. I can only speak from seeing how much my wife works, and from knowing other teachers. During the school year Mon. - Fri. 10 -11 hour days sometimes up to 14 hours depending on what is going on, then sometimes 4-6 hours on weekends. I would say she averages 60 hours per week easily. So averaging that out over the year comes to about 41.5 hours per week for a 52 week period. Then during the summer most teachers are continuing their education, (usually mandatory) This could be a one to four week class.
    I know that we would love to have her pay be hourly especially if she were to get O.T. For the amount of education required for this profession, the resulting pay (especially in Idaho) is probably below par of other professions.

  • chouli posted at 7:52 am on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    chouli Posts: 1283

    please factor in the huge benefit that educators have in the number of days they have off.
    yes, that is a huge benenfit that needs to be formulated into their salary. having every holiday off and spring and christmas breaks and the entire summer off means they work far fewer hours than the average full time employee in other careers. what other professions have that benefit?

    ask a teacher if they want to be paid a higher HOURLY rate for the actual number of hours they work during the year. they'll say no, they are on a contract year. nice gig.

    I will add that the administration is where the money is funneled and wasted. They are over paid at the expense of the teachers who do all the classroom work and teach our children. usual.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 8:03 pm on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    They are going from a "tax and spend" board to one of accountability and they don't like it.

  • cda271 posted at 6:55 pm on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    cda271 Posts: 50

    So instead of exercising the option to stay and persuade, convince or fight for a belief or direction, we simply take our "ball and go home."
    Sid is a fine is unfortunate for all that he sensationalizes his retirement this way.
    Now...I keep hearing about "board going a different direction"....
    Please list the examples of this that have transpired over the last year since new board members were "elected" to the board.
    Please...lets get to the realities of fact and move away from supposition. Where has it been demonstrated of a "new direction" by the current board members?
    Mr/Ms Arius1: what is the "wrong direction" you speak of? That DEMONSTRATED thus far by the new board members?? tell.

  • arius1 posted at 3:50 pm on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    arius1 Posts: 893

    He wasn't in it for personal glory, guys, he stated that he didn't want to votes on issues that may be against his own basic philosophies. He is and was standing up for what he believes in. The board is going a different direction now, unfortunately the wrong direction. It is the same reason Dianne Zipperer left. Sids leaving is another blow for our teachers and our kids. My wife teaches in SD 271, and from hearing from those in the district, the majority of teachers see negative changes ahead, both from Luna and now the current school board. Yes there are some bad apples in SD271, as there are in any business/profession. But by and large our teachers do a great job for not enough pay.
    And computers are teaching tools not teachers. They can give you all kinds of info, but the one on one with a teacher will allow you to understand more.

  • chouli posted at 2:57 pm on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    chouli Posts: 1283

    Another example of how pompous and entitled the so called 'educators' are. Sid seems to portray that if he can't be in charge then he's not going to participate...just where the kids come into the picture, Mr. Frederickson? Aren't you there to benefit the kids...or is it all about YOU??

  • SamuelStanding posted at 2:54 pm on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    SamuelStanding Posts: 588

    Well I will have to pull that Huckleberries article and read it! Thanks for the update. Sid will be Sid and I wish him well and look forward to the new blood on this board. I wish some of the younger voters would step up, but undertand the time and lack of payment for such a committment.

  • LTRLTR posted at 2:26 pm on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Huckleberries Online

    Sid Explains Why He Pulled CSB Plug

    Posted by DFO

    July 10, 2012 11:40 a.m. • 10 comments

    Sid Frederickson (re: Update: Frederickson quits Coeur d'Alene School Board): The board chose a direction that did not include me in any leadership role. I wasn’t even nominated for chair or vice-chair. It was obvious that the board did not want to have me in a leadership position. That was, and is, unacceptable. The chair and the vice-chair set the board agenda. I do not wish to be on the end of 4 to 1 votes on issues that may be against my basic philosophy.

    Oh for pete sakes Sid! Did you serve as a trustee for the kids or for your personal glory?

  • the floorist posted at 10:31 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    the floorist Posts: 331

    Fer sure, "Cnat". I was never, shall I say, impressed by any particular teacher or style. I learned what I needed and did my thing. While lecturing has its merits, e-learning is paramount now for advanced students who can pursue their objectives and career motivations far quicker and amiably.

    On an elementary level, school is formative all the way to college classrooms and beyond, but it's still basically a tool for socializing society...teaching integration and determination. I WISH I had access to the technology we use today when I was 15 though...gawd...

    I should shaddap about charter schools if there's zero fees involved...I thought there were "Admin Fees" or whatever, my bad. It does raise the question; Why are charter schools (and fee based academies) succeeding where public school budgets are flailing left and right?

  • objective posted at 10:28 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    objective Posts: 73

    Voxpop..."YOUR" dillusional , radical left thinking is quite honestly part of the real problems in American schools. Please list for us the subjects acted on over the last year by newer board members which have undermined our school district. Or perhaps you simply enjoy touting the liberal stance that any other line of thought must be subversive!

  • cdanative33 posted at 9:24 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    cdanative33 Posts: 382

    ...I was greatful when I went to college that I'd had a variety of teachers each with different teaching styles and overall abilities because that's also what I encountered in my college courses.

  • cdanative33 posted at 9:18 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    cdanative33 Posts: 382 my experience, bad teachers in sd271 are the exception not the rule. It sounds like the public school system served your children well, regardless of a few less than excellent instructors. Also, charter schools are tuition free. They do get more money for each student from the state, but they can't use any local levied or bonded monies...overall, they cost taxpayers less. Thought that should be cleared up.

  • LTRLTR posted at 8:39 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Perhaps Sid is ready for his next chapter in life or facing a health issue.

  • Thaddeus posted at 8:21 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    The SD271 meeting are gonna resemble a monkey chit fight at the zoo now.

  • the floorist posted at 8:15 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    the floorist Posts: 331

    15 years ago our kids insisted on public education opting for being closer to friends and playing soccer in lieu of all else. Now they're gainfully college-educated and employed, in their thirties and have a whole different perspective on Cd'A schools.

    During their high school years then, the kids almost always had one teacher every semester who had a reputation as being the most miserable, crotchety, insufferable bore alive. Naturally we took these anomalies as typical teenaged angst, but in every instance after meeting with these particular "educators" it was perfectly clear why our kids had these reservations over these certain teachers...

    ...they sucked at teaching, but excelled at belittlement and gleaning childish favoritism...

    Now our kids have kids of their own and are faced with the same situation we were in so many years ago...public schools or fee-based charter schools that are siphoning off State monies AND charging a handsome sum for their services to children.

    E-school is the future, regardless. 271 needs to embrace this fact. A teacher's role has drastically changed over the last 20 years. Now, students know more about computers than most teachers, and the kicker is; a computer doesn't pick favorites. It never differentiates between race, gender, religious preference, hair color or clothing style. A computer enables broader interaction encompassing the entire world's education system. A good teacher knows this, a great teacher has already prepared for this inevitability.

    All things considered, I would still vote for this school bond over poorly sited parking garages and over-bearing foo-foo...

  • ancientemplar posted at 7:47 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1268

    The jobs on the board get more difficult when you take away the union issued rubber stamps.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 7:02 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    hey vox, did you ever stop to THINK that maybe it is to stop the OUT OF CONTROL spending by the admin of 271 which would leave a H3!! of a lot more money "FOR THE KIDS"?

  • voxpop posted at 4:36 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Parent, are you really so naive? All of these recent resignations are due to the politicization of something so seemingly mundane as our school board. Those recently added, and I'm certain whoever replaces Sid, are not there to benefit our kids but rather to continue the vendetta against teachers by the radical right. Their goal is to turn our school system into a right wing political madrassa. SD271 teachers have won many state and national honors over the past 15 years but all of that will come to an end because very soon this political board will impose a litmus test for future hires. And many if not most of those who would qualify aren't fit to herd cats.

  • parent posted at 10:40 pm on Mon, Jul 9, 2012.

    parent Posts: 347

    This is so sad!

    It's really too bad that these board members do not finish out their terms. It takes too much time to find and replace these positions and it leaves the district in an unnecessary bind.

    I would like to say that over the years Mr. Fredrickson has received many complements for his dedication to the board. Thank you Mr. Fredrickson for faithfully serving this district for so many years.

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