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School board candidates sought

Filing period runs through March 22; Elections May 21

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Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013 12:00 am

Area school districts are seeking candidates for the May 21 trustee elections.

The filing deadline is March 22 at 5 p.m. Candidacy forms can be picked up at district offices and at the Kootenai County Elections Office, 1808 N. Third St., Coeur d'Alene.

Candidates must be registered voters residing for at least 30 days in the zones in which they are seeking election; and have at least five signatures of registered voters living in the zone.

Terms are four years.

The deadline to file as a write-in candidate is April 5.

Here's a roundup of the openings by district:

COEUR d'ALENE - Zone 1 covers the entire area east of 15th Street from the school district's northern to southern boundaries. Brent Regan now holds this seat.

Christa Hazel has filed a petition of candidacy for election to this seat.

Zone 4 covers the area south of Kathleen Avenue and west to the district boundary south of the Spokane River. North of the river between Atlas Road and the west boundary of the district, south of the Industrial Park. The area south of Garden Avenue and east to 15th Street and then south to the district boundary near the southern shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Ann Seddon now holds this seat.

Zone 5 has a northern boundary that runs along Dalton Avenue from U.S. 95 east to 15th Street. The zone's eastern boundary extends south along 15th Street from Dalton Avenue to Garden Avenue. The southern boundary runs from the intersection of Garden Avenue and 15th Street west to Northwest Boulevard, and then the zone extends north along Lincoln Way/U.S. 95 to the intersection of Hwy 95 and Dalton Avenue. This seat is now held by Jim Hightower.

Tom Hearn has filed a petition of candidacy for election to this seat.

POST FALLS - Zone 1, which is south of the Spokane River and west of McGuire and Howell, is held by Steve Gobin.

Zone 4, the central part of the city from Idaho west to Chase and from Mullan north to Prairie, is held by Donagene Turnbow.

Zone 5, east of Highway 41 and east of Greensferry to Mullan in the Ponderosa Elementary area, is held by Julie Hunt.

Former trustee Dave Paul has filed to run for Zone 1.

LAKELAND - Zone 4, held by Brian Wallace, includes Hauser and the Rathdrum Prairie north of Post Falls.

Zone 5, held by Larry Brown, includes most of Rathdrum.

ST. MARIES - Zone 1, which includes portions of the Santa, Fernwood, Emida and Benewah Valley areas, is held by Christine Ashmead.

Zone 2, which includes Capitol Hill, the St. Joe River including part of Shoshone County, Evergreen Terrace, Garden Tracts, the St. Maries River area and Flat Creek, is held by Sandy Kennelly.

PLUMMER-WORLEY - Zone 1, held by Terri Blessing; Zone 3, held by Ida 'JR' Gustin; Zone 7, held by Paul Daman.

KOOTENAI - Zone 1 (Harrison), held by Will Butler; Zone 4 (Black Lake), Martha George; and Zone 5 (O'Gara), John Myhre have openings.

The Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, St. Maries and Kootenai school districts will float supplemental levy proposals to voters on March 12.

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  • Mary Souza posted at 9:16 am on Wed, Mar 6, 2013.

    Mary Souza Posts: 794

    I agree with you, BornNIdaho. But just a note: School Board members don't get paid. And they get no benefits at all. It is a totally volunteer position that takes a lot of time and, right now, a great deal of abuse.

  • parent posted at 9:08 am on Wed, Mar 6, 2013.

    parent Posts: 347

    Board members don't get paid; they just get slapped around for free. : (

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:24 am on Wed, Mar 6, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    AMEN! Sad to say but the teachers themselves will not get behind this plan.

  • BorneNIdaho posted at 9:51 pm on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    BorneNIdaho Posts: 142

    Here are a few ideas for the school board members and state reps, give more power to the parents of the schools their children attend, and remove some of the power the state has, without taking away any funds, oh and maybe lower the salary for all employees who do not actually educate the kids(superintendents, principals, board members) and employ a couple more teachers, quit spending so much money on sports and put more into education, of course that would be just crazy thoughts though!?

  • Mary Souza posted at 11:50 am on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    Mary Souza Posts: 794

    Didn't see Ron B's question because it was listed before mine, even though it came in after. Yes, I don't live in Brent's district so you are correct that I can't personally vote for him. But I am supporting him and will work to get others to vote for him.

    Mister D, how has this current school board "sided against children getting a well rounded education"? Please be specific and show how their decisions have hurt educational outcomes for students, because I'm very sure you cannot back up your claim.

    Our four children are all graduates of CdA schools. They received very good educations because they were motivated students, picked the most challenging teachers, and we were involved parents. There were no IB or PYP programs then...our last graduated in '07. They all took Honors and AP classes and went to excellent colleges on substantial scholarships. They are now doing incredibly well in their careers, in spite of the difficult economy.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 8:40 pm on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    mister d

    Are you saying you would rather your children be told WHAT to think instead of thinking for themselves?

  • mister d posted at 7:23 pm on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Mary, you have been on a couple of times. When are you going to answer Ron B's question about your ability to vote for Regan. If I was in that zone I would make every effort to vote against him as I totally disagree with the way the board has sided against SD271 children getting a well rounded education. Luckily I can vote against another current board member when the election takes place. I am thankful my children have already graduated.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 12:40 pm on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    I see thommy boy, who doesn't even live here, doing his typical bashing again.

  • Thaddeus posted at 11:31 am on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    Well that settles it! If Mary Souza is for Regan, then you all know that it isn't good for the schools!

  • parent posted at 11:29 am on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    parent Posts: 347

    lone wolf, are you uninformed or what?

    I get that you are liberal but the rest is WAY off base.

  • Mary Souza posted at 11:26 am on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    Mary Souza Posts: 794

    Lone Wolf, you probably wrote that comment yourself, under yet another assumed name over on that gossip blog. Why don't you use your real name if you are going to lie about people? Brent did not say those things about Obama and, contrary to your twisted characterization, the Idaho Freedom Foundation is a great organization that works for accountability and transparency in our state government. Readers can check it out for themselves at

  • lone wolf posted at 11:05 am on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    lone wolf Posts: 243

    Regarding Brent Regan, now a board director for Idaho Freedom Foundation; I opine the following comment is right on.

    Ron_Burgundy1988 • 2 hours ago −
    "Black and Scary" about the President. Publicly berating a State Legislator in public meeting about health care exchange. Joining board of Idaho Freedom Foundation which advocates further cuts to state budgets for schools.

    When does this man find the time to care about school board matters? That's right - he doesn't. School board is only a stepping stone resume point for this guy. But he was appointed by the current board. All of the current board thought he was the best candidate when there were far better qualified and committed people who also applied.

    This school board has had an extreme makeover and it's a disaster. Time for a change.

  • Ron_Burgundy1988 posted at 10:33 am on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    Ron_Burgundy1988 Posts: 40

    Mary Souza: "I will be voting for Brent Regan for his independent thought."

    Do you live in Brent Regan's district? If not can you even vote for him? I thought there were zones for voting. Who said voter fraud was dead?

  • TomKatt posted at 9:56 am on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    TomKatt Posts: 125

    We need people with more than two brain cells to rub together and some common sense to run for these positions and get the apparent libtards out, the young people here finish school as typically vicious, close-minded, hate-filled, stupid, liberal junior-obamanations who hate both their Folk and Land.....

  • Timeless posted at 9:53 am on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    Timeless Posts: 479

    Parent: Nailed it!

  • parent posted at 9:43 am on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    parent Posts: 347

    Yes voxpop, it takes a special person to be able to take what the CEA and the uninformed teachers and parents dish out. Not everyone can handle the pressure of this position. It takes someone with a lot of stamina and determination and a huge amount of vision to even want to begin to take on this daunting task. The stress level alone is more than most can take and then it's like jumping into the middle of a burning house and trying to put the flames out with a squirt gun. Then people bash you from every angle. They bash you at every meeting and every chance in the paper and they tear apart you, your family, your recitatives and your dog. YOU HAVE NO IDEA ! Oh and there is no pay and no benefits and VERY long hours.

    Our current board is amazing and they are strong.

  • Mary Souza posted at 8:37 am on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    Mary Souza Posts: 794

    Concerned Citizen, you made an excellent distinction. Brent Regan is a highly successful inventor and, as such, is an expert in problem solving and independent, creative thinking. He's frequently worked with teams of scientists and engineers, so he understands the give and take of group efforts and he's a businessman who knows the realities of money management.

    Christa Hazel, by contrast, is not independent. She has shown her political vitriol and lack of decorum time and again in her frequent comments on the gossip blog run by the Spokesman. She is closely associated with the previous school board and is obviously part of the effort to reinstate the teacher's union's power over all aspects of the district.

    I will be voting for Brent Regan for his independent thought and successful teamwork and money management. Those are attributes our district needs, not the old style political gamesmanship.

  • mister d posted at 7:39 am on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Looking forward to getting anew board so that education in CDA can move forward. The current board's lack of insight into educational needs is frightening and their program cuts politically led, not fiscally conservative and yet they ask for more and more money to run a program moving backwards.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 5:34 am on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    If you think we should teach our children HOW to think, Vote for Brett Regan.

    If you think we should teach our children WHAT to think. Vote for hazel.

  • The Simple Truth posted at 4:28 am on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    The Simple Truth Posts: 563

    Given the locals hostile nature towards education, what competent person would want one of these spots?

  • voxpop posted at 4:25 am on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Unless you're a masochist or the entire board gets replaced you'd have to be nuts to want to be on 271's school board. It might as well be run by the KC republican central committee. And it certainly helps to have a superintendent who will do anything to stay in their favor.

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