COEUR d'ALENE - The next trustee to round out the Coeur d'Alene School District's five-member school board will likely be one of three applicants who submitted their paperwork by Wednesday's 5 p.m. deadline.
Trustees will consider Christa Hazel, Casey Morrisroe and Brent Regan for appointment to the board's vacant Zone 1 seat.
Jim Purtee held the position by appointment from April until Nov. 15, when he resigned, citing health reasons.
The board will meet Monday at 5 p.m. at the Midtown Center to interview the applicants and potentially select one for appointment.
Hazel and Morrisroe each previously sought appointment to the Zone 1 seat and were in a pool of six applicants from which Purtee was selected last spring. Hazel also applied for appointment in May 2011 following Edie Brooks McLachlan's resignation.
Whomever is selected will be the third trustee this board has appointed since May, when Ann Seddon was appointed to fill the Zone 4 seat following Diane Zipperer's resignation. Jim Hightower was appointed in August to fill the Zone 5 seat previously held by Sid Fredrickson, who resigned in July. Purtee's appointment was by the Kootenai County commissioners.
Tom Hamilton and Terri Seymour were elected to the board in May 2011.
Board member eligibility requires the candidate be a registered voter in the school district, with residency in the zone that he or she represents.
Zone 1 covers the eastern section of the school district, encompassing the entire area east of 15th Street from the school district's northern to southern boundaries.
Each applicant was asked to submit a resume and letter of interest that includes his or her central reason for seeking appointment and main objectives if selected.
Hazel, who holds a degree from the University of Idaho's College of Law and was vice president of a large investigative firm, stated in her letter of interest dated Dec. 6 that she is "prepared to make tough decisions on the upcoming M &O levy." The board is now in the process of determining the amount of a supplemental, maintenance and operations levy they will ask voters to consider in March.
Hazel wrote that she will also "insist that the remodel process fulfills our commitment to voters and parents as promised." The district is now planning the renovation of five aging schools using funds from a $32.7 million bond voters approved in August. Hazel states she is committed to seeking cost savings through the budget process, including considering recommendations made by a financial advisory committee convened by Superintendent Hazel Bauman in 2008. Hazel wrote in her letter that some recommendations have not been addressed at the board level.
Hazel is a parent of children attending district schools. She served on the district's Long Range Planning Committee for four years, was on the board of the nonprofit EXCEL Foundation that supports district schools, worked on last summer's bond campaign and is vice president of the Bryan Elementary PTA.
Casey Morrisroe, owner of Specialty Recreation & Marine, a motorsport and marine dealership in Coeur d'Alene, submitted his letter of interest on Dec. 7.
Morrisroe holds business management and marketing bachelor's degrees from Arizona State University. He has a child attending a district school.
He wrote that if selected he would work toward developing a budget and supplemental levy that is "fair and responsible to the students, staff and taxpayer," and focus on putting in place policies that focus on improving student math and science scores and comprehension. Morrisroe stated he would also work to increase the openness of and access to information regarding the board and district's operations while improving the level of involvement of parents and the rest of the community.
Brent Regan, an "entrepreneur, design engineer, inventor and problem solver," delivered his application on Dec. 10.
Regan's resume indicates he was awarded 11 U.S. patents for medical devices, and that he is founder and president of Regan Designs. The firm specializes in "designing electromechanical products for medical, aerospace, defense, marine and automotive industries," all areas Regan has prior experience in, with companies he founded or co-founded and products he developed. Regan's resume also includes a page detailing his political activities including support for "North Idaho conservative candidates" and serving as keynote speaker at two Tea Party Patriots of North Idaho rallies.
Regarding his objectives if appointed to the position of school trustee, Regan wrote: "My priorities would be to ensure that our futurity have the tools needed to secure their prosperity and happiness, to improve community engagement in public education and to increase the benefit to cost ratio of our schools."
All three applicants cite business experience in hiring and managing employees and overseeing budgets.
The applicant selected for appointment will serve until June 30, 2013. In order to continue in the position after that time, he or she will have to win election to the seat in May.
Hazel and Morrisroe each indicated that whether appointed or not, they intend to seek election to the position in the spring.