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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 12:32 am

COEUR d'ALENE - School trustees in Coeur d'Alene have set the timeline for appointing a new trustee to fill the Zone 1 seat from which Jim Purtee recently resigned.

During a special meeting on Monday, trustees officially declared a vacancy on the school board and said they will accept applications from interested parties until Dec. 12. They will likely interview eligible applicants during a special meeting planned for Dec. 17, and could possibly select someone for appointment during that meeting.

"I think the goal would be to have someone in place by the January meeting," said Tom Hamilton, board chair.

Purtee announced his resignation last month, to be effective Nov. 15. He cited personal health concerns as the reason for his departure. Purtee was appointed to the Zone 1 seat in April.

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.

Idaho Code 33-504 gives school boards 90 days after declaring a vacancy to fill the empty seat with a qualified individual residing within the trustee zone. If the seat cannot be filled within 90 days, the board has up to 120 days to select an appointee from at-large within the school district's boundaries.

"Is there any other justification for going outside the zone?" asked Trustee Ann Seddon, who was selected for appointment herself in May.

Hamilton said that if a suitable candidate is not found within the zone from the "first round" of applicants they can seek an appointee from anywhere within the district.

An official call for candidates will likely come from the board within the next few days, detailing the application procedure.

In the past, trustees have requested that each applicant submit a resume and letter of interest including a statement about the candidate's background; the applicant's main reasons for applying for the school trustee position and what he or she hopes to accomplish if appointed. In the past, they have required that the letter be typed, double-spaced using a 12-point font, and be no more than two pages long.

Whomever is selected to fill the position 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.

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  • inclined posted at 8:30 pm on Wed, Nov 21, 2012.

    inclined Posts: 681

    There was a time, not so long ago, when politics in this region was night and day different. In the days of strong union control, with lumber, with mining, joining the largest of Teachers Union and others, it was the way of the north. But people have come to know the breath of fresh air, the actual joy of living out of that culture.

    Certainly there was a time, yes, when unions made sense and contributed. But, the nature of labor unions affords a most precious opportunity for capitalizing on the message of rights as belongs to Nature's Laws, and the rule of force and power as the rights you most basically deserve. And in that jungle, with the laws of instinct being kill or be killed, eat or be eaten, the union mentality fits so perfectly, to say, we will fight for you. We have your back. We love you and your needs and families.

    But, what if the laws and law of the jungle feeds into bigger issues and broader application. We are seeing in this land, nature's law, or the idea that your rights will be served as long as you are serving the greater players, the bigger beast, the sharper minds and pencils, the better hunters and killers.
    Then, little man, little woman, you realize you are in the food chain, and you too will only be used up when your value no longer exist. The Obama"healthcare" program will best convey this to you, but it will be too late. Wait. It alone could break the Republic.

    I remember a story from my childhood, about how to catch a monkey. You drill a hole in a coconut, only large enough to fit a compressed hand, but enlarged at the center to allow you to get a fist full of food. Then, as you go to take your due, what you have captured, found, and those that set the trap are upon you, you can't get your clenched fist out, because you won't let go of what is yours, and you are ensnared. This is the life of substance-living-training for you, in this day--eventually trapped and eliminated.

  • inclined posted at 8:02 pm on Wed, Nov 21, 2012.

    inclined Posts: 681

    lw. Your point of the school board supporting the "Luna" propositions:

    Let every household, every family, every corner of this state know of the imported money, the imported personnel, the thuggery of the teacher unions, to make void the whole of your propaganda.

    You too, are no "lone wolf". Like your genus, you are a pack creature. You kill for sport. That's your nature. How aptly you choose your post identifier. You betray your mind. Your kind cannot help say what you are even in your best disguises. "But Grandmother! What big ears you have", "But Grandmother! What big eyes you have," "But Grandmother! What big teeth you have,"--and the whole point of your nature: "The better to eat you with, my dear." You are only about being predatory. You, like your associations, are not for the children. You are cloaked and concealing of your whole face.

  • inclined posted at 7:47 pm on Wed, Nov 21, 2012.

    inclined Posts: 681

    SS. Tell the community your own brand of bullying.

  • inclined posted at 7:45 pm on Wed, Nov 21, 2012.

    inclined Posts: 681

    mis d. The intellectual scrutiny these people endure would cancel you out.

    Mr. Purtee was there to serve the community in the future possibility of public schooling. That is another grade level for you, another language, another grade point average you did not attain, nor could attain, still--with your peers. Tell the community what you have qualified for.

  • inclined posted at 7:33 pm on Wed, Nov 21, 2012.

    inclined Posts: 681

    voxpox. Tell the community what you mean by "right wing"?

  • parent posted at 6:22 pm on Wed, Nov 21, 2012.

    parent Posts: 347

    Lone wolf

    I am Mama Bear! :0

  • lone wolf posted at 3:11 pm on Wed, Nov 21, 2012.

    lone wolf Posts: 246

    Dear Parent,

    Your opinion is a minority opinion and the parents haven't yet had the opportunity to vote- but they will just as assuredly as they did with the Luna Props, something this self appointed board blindly supported, as well as removing the IB programs from our schools. Don't mess with Mama Bears!

    CDA Press Editorial-
    ...It's our hope that highly qualified citizens step forward when called upon to apply for any school board vacancy. It's also our hope that those currently on the board will look favorably on an applicant who might not march to the beat of the same drummer as the rest. This is not to say the board members all think and act identically, but there is less diversity in the thinking on this board than we believe would best serve the 10,000-plus students of the district.

    We agree with the idea that people learn little from those who agree with them; that enlightenment comes from different perspectives respectfully considered. Even if the Purtee replacement is only on board for the duration of this school year, one with views distinctly different from those now on board could prove enormously valuable.

  • parent posted at 3:02 pm on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    parent Posts: 347

    So how many of you want Edie back? .....It will NEVER happen!
    If there is an irritation with the direction of the board then maybe you need to direct your anger at those who gave up their position and left those openings to be filled as the board saw fit. The job of school board is a volunteer position and these people give of their time and talents and all those who sit back and throw stones need to get a life. I for one appreciate the polite, professional behavior of our current board and look forward to adding another quality board member to replace Mr. Purtee.

  • lone wolf posted at 1:55 pm on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    lone wolf Posts: 246

    Do we want KCRR's political ideology running our school boards, forcing their ideology on our children? I think not. Time to vote these self appointed, bullying, unwilling to compromise, my way or the highway folks out. These folks even supported the Luna propositions (Hamilton, Seddon and Seymour)- that in and of itself should be very telling of their agenda. They are not about what's best for our children, their only concern is what is best for the survival of their political ideology. This is not a Christian value, nor an American value, it is a one sided extreme far right Political value. For example: the teaching of tolerance is completely unacceptable by this group. The KCRR bullies local Republicans by marketing that the only true Republican is an KCRR endorsed Republican. The KCRR is the self proclaimed judge of local Republicans.
    "If you only looked at the election from the standpoint of white, non-Hispanic voters, Barack Obama would have had 39 percent of the vote," Ward said, citing a news report figure. "The difference is to me, why did Hispanics and other ethnic minorities vote in such magnitude for Barack Obama? I think it goes back to our own failure as conservatives."

    How to engage that electorate is a little less clear, he said, but the party must do something. Also unclear is how it can help install balanced, American exceptionalism teaching styles into more schools. As it stands now, most colleges and universities are "ideological factories" geared to "promote the progressive, liberal agenda" and "European style socialism," he said.

    "I think it's a much more long-term situation where Republicans and conservatives have to get engaged in academia, get engaged in the media," he told The Press following his speech. "To be honest with you, I don't know exactly how to do it. As much money as we spend on political races, I'd like to see more (money spent on) things like journalism school scholarships, endowments at schools that teach a balanced curriculum. I think on a local level, Republicans needs to get involved on school boards, which we have."

    The KCRR made a name for itself in the last couple of years because of its active role in elections featuring traditionally nonpartisan races, such as city council and school boards. Members say all elections are political, regardless if a party is printed on the ballot. The group campaigned in 2011 for Coeur d'Alene School District trustees Tom Hamilton and Terri Seymour, both Republicans and the only elected members of the five-member board that recently terminated the district's International Baccalaureate School programs, in part because those programs didn't adhere to American values. Another Coeur d'Alene School Board member, Jim Hightower, who was appointed to a trustee position last summer, sits on the KCRR's board.

    "I think we're unique and I think that's something I think has to happen nationwide to be successful and have an even playing field for conservatives," Ward said.

    Mary Smith, who attended the meeting, agreed.

    "It starts locally," she said after the meeting. She also agreed with Ward's opinion that the national media reports are biased toward the left, which influences election results, which Republicans also need to fix.

    "We have to have some rebuttal to what's going on," she said.

    Ward didn't shrink away from explaining other factors he believed played a role in the election.

    He said the electorate has lost faith in self and religion and placed it in the state, and that voters suffered from Stockholm Syndrome - the psychological phenomenon where hostages sympathize with their captors.

    "People should have rejected this administration," he said. "It was not about hope, it was not about change, it was about fear. And people react to fear in many different ways. One of the ways people react to fear is sticking to the devil they know, instead of the devil they don't know. I think that was part of the aspect."

    Local Democrats, meanwhile, are meeting today at noon at Iron Horse Bar and Grill, 407 E. Sherman Ave. to discuss the election results - undoubtedly with a different viewpoint than Ward's. Since KCRR began endorsing candidates across a variety of races in the last few years, its record has been nearly flawless. How much direct impact it has is hard to say, but 15 of 16 candidates they endorsed prior to the election won Tuesday.

    But Obama's victory means the GOP's approach needs to be adjusted, Ward said, and quickly. How to do that is what needs to be decided.

    "What bothers me is Barack Obama was not supposed to win," he said.

  • SamuelStanding posted at 10:41 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    SamuelStanding Posts: 608

    The current board will swing their decision making towards "One of the group". Purtee needed to represent the school board where his children attend, otherwise this can only be viewed as "an agenda" or "specific placement" by the uber conservative. This group has already announced they will PLACE one of their own in each area of education. NIC, CDA 271 and other districts to follow. Bullying is not allowed in schools, but apparently acceptable on school boards, right Mr. Hamilton?

  • cdanana posted at 10:26 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    cdanana Posts: 19

    "Unless the board is looking for a specific candidate it should not be to hard to find a qualified individual. The qualifications are not that difficult to meet."

    Board service requires an enormous amount of time and attention. There is a steep learning curve. Commitment to a non-paid position of this importance is not to be taken lightly. While the legal qualifications are 'not that difficult to meet', there is much more to consider before submitting an application.

  • parent posted at 8:55 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    parent Posts: 347

    mister d
    I have confidence that our schools can improve BUT my kids will not be there UNTIL they do! Good leadership is not too much to ask for and our current board is a wonderful start. Mr. Purtee was great and hopefully someone of like business sense will apply.

  • mister d posted at 8:15 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Purtee needed to go. If you don't have enough confidence in the school district you represent to enroll your own kids, you are not the person for the job. The CDA schools have been graduating high grade students for years who have no trouble succeeding in college and on the job. Unless the board is looking for a specific candidate it should not be to hard to find a qualified individual. The qualifications are not that difficult to meet.

  • parent posted at 6:48 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    parent Posts: 347


    Good kids have a real issue with the lack of quality leadership and so do their parents. If you get better leadership MAYBE you will get some of those families back. Mr. Purtee was great and he will be missed!

  • voxpop posted at 6:02 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    "Board member eligibility requires the candidate be a registered voter in the school district, with residency in the zone that he or she represents."

    Except, of course, unless a suitable (ie registered right wing republican) applicant can't be found. Although, I have to admit, I've had little issue with the direction the current board seems to be traveling. Good that Purtee is gone. He never belonged since he wouldn't put his own kids into SD271.

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