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Outgoing trustee says negotiations were in bad faith

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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - The appointed trustees who lost their election bids to hold on to their positions on the Coeur d'Alene school board aren't leaving quietly.

When the trustees met Monday to vote on the proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, Brent Regan said he could not "in good conscience" give his blessing to the budget.

Regan, whose term ends June 30, blasted the Coeur d'Alene Education Association during the meeting, stating that the teachers union members engaged in bad faith negotiations last spring before the election.

"They came to the table wanting to, I guess, demonize us," Regan said.

Because of the teachers union's lack of good faith, the current board members are faced with the prospect of approving a budget that "hurts kids," because it includes cuts, Regan said.

He said he would rather not vote on the budget and let the new trustees decide if they want to "hurt kids."

Local school districts are statutorily required to have balanced budgets in place by the end of June, even if contract-related budget items remain unresolved.

During negotiations, teachers union representatives rejected a school board proposal for a health insurance plan that included a $2,000 deductible and a health savings account, but provided no coverage for prescription drugs.

While the plan was expected to save the district about $2 million, the teachers said it would cost an employee with one child an additional $1,730 per year.

The last negotiating session took place a week before the election and about 250 people, mainly teachers, showed up to observe the proceedings.

Both sides agreed to suspend negotiations until the new trustees are in place.

Regan said the Coeur d'Alene Education Association members "like operating in an adversarial relationship, that there's got to be a bad guy in the room, and the board makes a convenient bad guy."

He said the teachers "used that, and they used it successfully" during the school board election campaign, and that it benefited the incoming elected trustees - Christa Hazel, Tom Hearn and Dave Eubanks - at the polls.

"Unfortunately for the new trustees, they're walking into this pit, this problem," Regan said.

The budget for the next school year is balanced at $61.4 million. Last year's budget was $60.2 million.

Wendell Wardell, the district's chief operating officer, said the budget was balanced with the intention that it will be amended once the contract with the teachers is settled.

Several vacancies will remain unfilled until the negotiations are complete, he said.

Regan and Ann Seddon, whose term also ends June 30, asked the district's administration what the consequences would be if the budget was not settled by the end of the month.

"We would be out of compliance and the state would have the right to stop shipping us money," Wardell said.

Matt Handelman, who is taking over as the district's interim superintendent, told the trustees that while he understood what they were saying, he questioned whether it was "good for kids" to fail to pass a budget that could affect the district's state funding.

"Budgets have been passed many times before negotiations have ended," Handelman said.

The budget passed with a 4-1 vote. Regan cast the dissenting vote.

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  • MAR-BEE posted at 9:57 am on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    MAR-BEE Posts: 954

    Well you guys wanted Obama, and you got Obama. "DeNiles"

    Has it ever crossed your mind that "Voters" did not get what they wanted in 2000 and the results is Obama in 2008. I am independent and have voted in ever election since "Ike." I got fed up with the "Pardoning" of a man I once voted for--(Prior to Watergate)-- and haven't voted for a D, or R since. Way past time to oust these D&R "Puppets" of corporate and special interest groups. You want change? You want term limits? Change how you vote. Try independent and third party. Write in a name. By NOT voting for these front runners, you are telling congess what we think of them.

  • Rogue Cop posted at 11:08 am on Sun, Jun 30, 2013.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2371

    Thanks, almost put a cogent thought together. Kudos to your wife. Too bad you're such a dolt!

  • bruce wayne posted at 10:16 am on Sun, Jun 30, 2013.

    bruce wayne Posts: 120

    My wife loves to teach kids. Its rewarding. You don't get that. How could you Brent ?

    Look. I know it is hard. My wife works with kids who have learning disabilities. It takes a lot of patience and hard work from the student, parent and teacher for a kid to grow. You have not had any of that.

    So I will stop trying to get you to see the light. Its been fun though and you let everyone see your true nature so thanks.

    Since academics isn't your forte... how about a fun simple game...

    Do you like airstrip Curley haircut or the Fryer Tuck?

  • Rogue Cop posted at 3:42 am on Sun, Jun 30, 2013.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2371

    Yo, bruce Whine;

    Does your wife happen to teach English? Disregard that! Did you ever take English? If so, then your posts demonstrate why we shouldn't pay teachers more...until they start showing better results.

    You haven't put forth one argument to support your position. You just attack everyone else's opinion. So far, here's your argument: My wife needs more money, Regan is a racist, and young adults that manage McDonalds have a better benefit package than teachers. So why doesn't your wife go to work for McDonalds? I wonder if McDonalds managers work more than 9 months per year. It's called the free market, Skippy.

  • bruce wayne posted at 1:57 am on Sat, Jun 29, 2013.

    bruce wayne Posts: 120


    Go into the back hills with your one room school house. Do your parades with hate filled in your heart. You used to but its been a while. Put the old board on your float and the community will boo and hiss you like the dredge of society that you are.

    Is this Brent? Is this Tom? Is this Adolph?

  • bruce wayne posted at 1:13 am on Sat, Jun 29, 2013.

    bruce wayne Posts: 120

    You have no idea what it is like to teach kids roboshmuck. You are a waste of energy. More money means hiring more teachers which means improve one on one with kids. You are ignorant and a cancer on society. Hahaha. Join Brent and fade off like the transparent loser you are. Offer a quality solution to help kids... I dare you.

  • Rogue Cop posted at 9:52 am on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2371

    bruce whine:

    Close enough, a teacher in the family. Mo money, mo money, mo money. Let's throw more dollars per student at the issue. We're talking wages and fringes for teachers and you try to deflect by talking about reducing class size and $ spent per student.

    What do teachers' medical benefits have to do with Luna's proposal to spend $180 million on lap tops? Rhetorical question. The answer is that teachers want THAT money in their pockets. It has nothing do do with the betterment of education in Idaho.

    You're argument is so transparent, it's weaker than circus lemonade. Money out of everyone elses' pockets and into YOURS. The issue is not Regan. The issue is that teachers want us to pay for their medical insurance which is getting too expensive due to Obamacare. Teachers pushed nationwide to put him in the White House. Time to pay the piper.

  • bruce wayne posted at 8:18 am on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    bruce wayne Posts: 120


    My wife is an elementary teacher. She has had 32 kids in classes and still does a great job. But that is too many kids. Putting more $ into public ed would reduce class size. We are last in the nation in $ per student. Yet Luna wanted to spend 180 million and buy each high school student a laptop. The old school board was in favor of this.

    Its a shame that people like you and Regan/ old board are out to hurt our future.

    Regan, why the shut down ? Create chaos and hide. I see your tactics.

  • Rogue Cop posted at 6:50 pm on Thu, Jun 27, 2013.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2371

    At first I thought Bruce Wayne was Batman...but anybody wanna wager that that he/she is not a teacher.

  • bruce wayne posted at 9:35 pm on Wed, Jun 26, 2013.

    bruce wayne Posts: 120

    A few months ago Duncan Kohler was reported in this newspaper as having a secret organization... who is in this organization and what is their agenda?

    We all know who is in it and what their agenda is. This information is spreading through the town.

    Give them freedom of speech, but nothing more. At least not respect.

  • bruce wayne posted at 8:06 pm on Wed, Jun 26, 2013.

    bruce wayne Posts: 120

    Why cut? Last fall the district qualified for an emergency levy but the bigots refused it. We will probably qualify again.

    Alright. Grand wizard poobah. Lets hear the" don't raise taxes." Why didnt you complain to Goedde and Nonini to raise $ for public ed instead of cutting it again. Yes they cut it again when they gave more money out of the pool to charter schools. Why would you hurt one institution to help another? Unless you want to make it fail. Idaho teachers work too hard and are too smart for that. But they can't do it all. They need support in all facets of local and state representation.

    Don't forget the state and Luna changed the formula for funding public education. Why not change that back now that the housing boom is over?

    Time will when Hamilton gets ousted.

  • LTRLTR posted at 5:27 pm on Wed, Jun 26, 2013.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Does anyone have suggestions for cutting the school budget?

    I sure would like to see some real discussion instead of all the negative comments.

  • parent posted at 12:56 pm on Wed, Jun 26, 2013.

    parent Posts: 347

    bruce, gang member to katie.
    Time will tell. : )

  • bruce wayne posted at 7:04 am on Wed, Jun 26, 2013.

    bruce wayne Posts: 120

    Parent/ Friend of Brent and Tom/

    Brent Regan made his bed with his clan brothers and sisters. Our new board members are quality people whose agenda is to preserve and improve public education in our amazing town. The only negativity will come from the clansmen whose goal is to disrupt anything possible. Why else would Brent be a part of a group that believes you should take kids out of public education and be an appointed public school board member. When the clan left their Hayden compound, look into who took over their postal code.

  • parent posted at 12:14 am on Wed, Jun 26, 2013.

    parent Posts: 347

    It will be interesting to watch these new board members in action. They have a tough road ahead of them and they are not prepared! Living up to the promises that were made to get on the board will be very interesting. They will not like the public bashing that they are about to run head first into. Oh well, It's about to begin.

  • bruce wayne posted at 9:33 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    bruce wayne Posts: 120

    Brent Regan AKA Airstrip Landing Head and Tom Hamilton AKA Fryer Tuck.

    These people and their friends are to be treated as the bad joke that they are. They don't care about public education (kids or teachers). They care about taxes and their $. Attack teachers as these men have in another country and they would be treated as horse thieves. CDA has wonderful teachers. The mass public knows that and showed it in the recent school board election.

    Brent Regan and intestinal mean character? Now that's a good joke. Hahahaha.

    You know most of the responses on this blog supporting him are from a very Hamilton, Duncan and one or two others...all another joke. Bad one at that.

    Get rid of Nonini (liar) and Goedde (in charge of public education at the legislature ...another joke...remember his Atlas Shrugged bill?)

    Connect the dots with the Gov's wife, the owner of this newspaper. Melaluca owner, and the National Chamber of Commerce (they fought to not have their names released in the PAC support of Luna Laws)

    Idahoans are waking up to these policies. Good bye Airstrip Head. Hahahaha. "Hello" to a unified state that cares about our future !

  • Rogue Cop posted at 7:16 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2371

    Regan had the intestinal fortitude to stand by his convictions and not cave to union thuggery and pressure. He paid the price for not being politically correct. He has my respect for doing what was right and not politically expedient.

    Teachers across this country helped put Obamacare in motion. Now they want us to pay for their healthcare. Let them eat cake!

    Thanks for your service, Brent!

  • cdanative33 posted at 6:21 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    cdanative33 Posts: 386

    Truth based on what? Do you have anything to back up your claim, or is it a blind assumption? Brent would probably be better off if you quit trying to defend him because you're not doing a very good job. The company a man keeps speaks volumes about a man's character....are you sure Brent wants to be in your company? Because you sure as he-- don't do much for people's perception of his character. Brent's sleeping in the bed that he made.

  • Ziggy posted at 5:31 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Ziggy Posts: 1295

    I was one of those people who got out to vote Seddon and Regan out of office. I talked to no teachers, the teachers' union did not contact me, but Regan's people came by my house uninvited and they sent me at least three flyers. However, I can think for myself and got out and voted.
    Sour grapes, Regan, sour grapes. Have a nice trip back.

  • LTRLTR posted at 5:14 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Randy: What would you do if you could step into Mr. Regan's shoes for several months to balance the budget?

    What could you offer to help the school budget?

  • jake1776 posted at 5:11 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    jake1776 Posts: 71

    cdanative: "blind assumptions and character assassination?" Um... Nice try. I said that many of the people on here --- advocates of teachers unions (MOST OF THEM) voted for the socialist in the White House. I did not say that they all did. This is hardly a blind assumption---It's called the TRUTH buddy.

  • LTRLTR posted at 5:11 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    A question for those "everything wonderful Christa Hazel supporters"....what are your suggestions for maintaining the school activities without enough funding to maintain business as usual?

  • jake1776 posted at 5:08 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    jake1776 Posts: 71

    Max: Remember---these people "advocating for education" are really advocating for unions. They could care less about education. Is it really so surprising then that these people lack proper spelling skills?

  • 5inPfs posted at 5:03 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    5inPfs Posts: 771

    Colleges? ...and this is a viable comparison, how?

    You do realize that most universities are privately owned?

  • 5inPfs posted at 4:59 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    5inPfs Posts: 771

    You know...when you use words like "exceptional compensation" and "introducing socialism" it make you look really uninformed--and, well, rather biased in your nescience.

  • Wallaceparent posted at 4:31 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Wallaceparent Posts: 14

    From what I've read, Mr. Regan was on the negotiation team for the School board, so obviously he was at all of the negotiation meetings. I am wondering how many of those that have posted here attended every negotiation meeting to see first hand how things transpired?

  • DiViAnt posted at 4:23 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    DiViAnt Posts: 85

    teachers demand exceptional compensation for their role introducing socialism in the schools. Can't blame them for wanting piece of the pie.

  • cdanative33 posted at 2:00 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    cdanative33 Posts: 386

    Jake1776--Interesting that you would resort to blind assumptions and character assassination when you just chastised someone for doing the same thing in another post. Enjoy sipping champagne with Brent at his Estancia and discussing all of us misguided simpletons. He'll have a lot more time on his hands after July 1st.

  • jake1776 posted at 1:21 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    jake1776 Posts: 71

    Don't waste your breath on these people Brent. You are arguing with people that (most of them) voted for the socialist in the White House. These people are so dumb, they have no concept that by supporting the liberal left, they effectively ENDED their beloved programs. It's called NO MORE MONEY people. I hope you enjoy your beloved bankrupt entitlement programs because you can't cheat mathematics forever. It's called S C I E N C E. No money = bye, bye goodies. Alas, some of these idiots would write purple unicorns with pink lollipops into the school budget if such a thing existed. Reminds me of the reforms in Wisconsin by the governor there. My favorite part of the school union debate in Wisconsin: When the governor pointed out that the teachers were getting SIGNIFICANTLY better benefits than the people paying the teachers salaries in the private sector. The response to this by the union: so what. Classy. Real classy.

  • jake1776 posted at 1:14 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    jake1776 Posts: 71

    Brent, next time I'm at your ESTATE, I'd like to sip some champaign with you and contemplate how someone with "shortcomings" could possibly have excelled in life. I find it weird that someone with these "shortcomings" could be a BRILLIANT INVENTOR.

  • Randy Myers posted at 1:14 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    Yet leaving the budget out of balance would have meant risking losing Sate dollars. Why would you do that Brent ? It seems to me you were grandstanding and doing so at risk to students as opposed to your comment (somewhat ludicrous) that you wanted to see if the new trustees wanted to "hurt kids." Please tell me that wasn't a serious comment. I think the ousted trustees as well as the new ones want to help kids but just have different approaches on how to do so. Your approach has been rejected by voter mandate. Now if you really wish to help you will devote time like Christa Hazel did, without being a trustee, to help SD271.

  • jake1776 posted at 1:08 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    jake1776 Posts: 71

    Mike, Mike, Mike. You said, "[don't] let the door hit you in your brain carrier" and "short comings as a human being." I suppose this would be an excellent way to describe Mr. Regan --- EXCEPT THAT MR. REGAN IS A FREAKIN' ENTREPRENEUR WITH MORE BRAINS AND MORE MONEY AND MORE SKILLS THAN YOU WILL e v e r have SIR. Mike, the next time you decide to lower yourself to character assassination, perhaps you should first learn a little more about the guy you are attacking. What an embarrassment you are.

  • greyhound2 posted at 1:08 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    greyhound2 Posts: 897

    Couldn't agree with you more. About 30% of over-priced college tuition goes to the Athelic Deparment where 99% of students don't participate anyway along with Athletic Directors making more money than the college Presidents. One university President quit his $500,000 a year President job to take the job of Athletic Director for $750.000. Institutions of higher learnering have morifed into farms for the NFL instead of being a place where you went to get a good education and actually learned something useful. The bottom line is that you can't fix a problem until you realize that you have a problem. Keep up the good work as a thinking individual as people like you are in short supply.

  • JustMyOpinion67 posted at 12:26 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    JustMyOpinion67 Posts: 43

    If you're going to compare US schools with those in other countries, then at least present a fair comparison. For instance, of those higher performing countries, how many of them put sports programs above academics? How many days, and for how many hours a day, are schools in session? What is the typical family structure in those countries?

    I love it when partial facts are presented to paint a false picture.

  • JustMyOpinion67 posted at 12:23 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    JustMyOpinion67 Posts: 43

    It's sad to see that you still don't get it. It's not a matter of paying teachers more money, it's about having more teachers in the classrooms. That would mean smaller class sizes where individual student needs could be better met. It would mean that teachers wouldn't have to pay for basic classroom supplies out of their own pockets. It would mean that students would have the materials to conduct hands-on science experiments instead of watching them on a video. It would mean that students who needed remedial instruction could have someone to help them. It would mean that the counselors would be free to meet the social/emotional needs of the students instead of proctoring district and state mandated tests. And on, and on, and on.

    Providing adequate funding to public education is about meeting the needs of the students. Not padding the pockets of the teachers as their critics like to suggest.

  • greyhound2 posted at 12:08 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    greyhound2 Posts: 897

    The United States spends more money per student than any other country on the planet yet ranks 23rd in test scores on math and science. The United States ranks number one in spending at 16% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on healthcare yet ranks 37th in quality for the average citizen. The United States spends more money on its defense department than the next 14 top countries combined yet lives in fear of terrorism and hasn't won a war since 1945. The United States is classified as the largest and richest country on the planet yet the bottom 50% of population own 2% of the wealth while the top 20% own 85%. The United States has the most aggressive immigration policy of any country on the planet but is called racist because it's welfare system is not open for the entire world. What's wrong with this picture?

  • Flash Gordon posted at 12:01 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1682

    The candidates on the losing side were obviously not as "attractive" in so many ways to the candidates on the winning side. But what compounded Regan's "appeal" was his inappropriate comments about "race" and the implications for our school district if indeed he were to be....elected:) Even moderate republicans didn't support his run for the school district board.....

  • Thaddeus posted at 10:05 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    Nobody has "Ever" accused Regan of having class.

    His reaction was pretty much what most rational people in the community expected.

  • mister d posted at 10:01 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    How long have you lived here - it's St Maries...

  • lola123 posted at 9:58 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    lola123 Posts: 352

    The absolute reason the arrogant Mr. Regan lost his seat. If you do not believe Mr. Regan is obnoxious and grossly opinionated just ask him he will be more than happy to tell you.

  • mister d posted at 9:55 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Regan goes out of his position with no class and disdain for teachers, just like he performed his duties. I cannot remember more controversy with a Board in many many years. Now we can move forward and get back to educating kids for our global economy.

  • Brent Regan posted at 9:45 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 740

    Quite the opposite. I wanted the new Trustees to have the option of accepting this budget as they are the ones who will have to deal with it.

  • 986crazy posted at 9:29 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    986crazy Posts: 434

    The teachers ARE the union. To say that they " care not one whit about your children" is...wrong. What other profession requires a 4-year college degree, FBI background check and pays a starting wage at poverty level. Then say that they "care not one whit about your children" is counter-intuitive.

  • cdanative33 posted at 9:25 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    cdanative33 Posts: 386

    "We came to the table and said that we were giving too much money to Blue Cross and not enough to teachers. "

    That's a cute way of saying that you are slashing benefits. I find it interesting that Blue Cross' profits concern you as you seem to champion the free market as the solution for everything. Aren't profits the whole point?

    Which leads to a whole other conversation about whether free market principles work when it comes to health care...especially the way our system is set up. That seems to be what you're suggesting. But, the bottom line is, you were attempting to screw with a lot of people's lives and livelihoods because of an ideology that you have concerning benefit packages and insurance companies. You should have expected some backlash.

    Full disclosure...I don't work for SD 271, but the teachers that educate my children do, and I'm thankful that they will have what appears to be a more supportive and less ideologically driven board moving forward.

  • DeNiles posted at 9:11 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Ooh! Ooh! I know the answer! I know how to make Idaho 1st in education. Pay the teachers more. That'll do it. Surely if we pay them more they'll do better. I mean as it stands now, why bother to work hard to succeed at your job? That's right, punish those students cuz you feel underpaid.

    But, just wait and see. Give them all big juicy salaries, 100% job protection and golden free benefits and our kids will all become geniuses.

    Here's another fact....... As a percentage of total tax revenues Idaho is among the highest in state funding of education. For the taxes taken in Idaho spend a larger portion than most states on public education. So it is not like we don't care it is that we simply cannot afford to pay more. But the unions don't care. They'd take every penny of Idaho's tax revenues and they cry for more. For the children. You know the children the teachers are currently failing to educate.

  • Bob Loblaw posted at 9:04 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Bob Loblaw Posts: 413

    Being 48th in education has nothing to do with how much money is spent. It has everything to do with how much power the teachers' unions have. Get ready to be 50th very soon. And hold on to your wallets! You are treading a path that California has already gone down. It's right there if you want to see it. Make no mistake - these teachers' union care not one whit about your children; they don't pay dues.

  • Brent Regan posted at 9:04 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 740

    Get you facts straight Mike. I am NOT criticizing teachers, as you misrepresent. I am criticizing the CEA leadership. This budget proves the CEA leadership cares more about their narrative then the students OR the teachers they represent. The HSA proposal would have put $1,000 MORE in the accounts of every participating teacher AND participation would have been VOLUNTARY. You did not hear about those FACTs, did you? The CEA leadership misrepresented the facts and teachers and students suffer.

  • Flash Gordon posted at 8:58 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1682

    Apparently Mr. Regan believes the election result was a personal mandate to establish board policy even though he 's no longer going to be on the board. A typical republican response to an election loss...

  • Spikey posted at 8:22 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Spikey Posts: 387

    Hmmm...wasn't there an article just today that put Idaho 48th in education? That is simply laid at the feet of ( ex) officials such as Regan. And even more disturbing, the state Supt., in order to fulfill political payback, ( to say nothing of his political aspirations) is systematically destroying education. Mr. Regan, cease stomping you foot and spitting. You are no longer in kindergarten, and fortunately, you are no longer in office. No loss!

  • DeNiles posted at 8:21 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Since when is our gov't a cutthroat employer? We are a gov't of the people. That means unions that prey upon gov't entities prey upon the people.

    Well you guys wanted Obama, and you got Obama. Now it is time to pay the Obama piper. So you should all be ecstatic to contribute to the ACA just like you think all working Americans should be thrilled.

    You want the uninsured to have healthcare don't you?

  • max power posted at 8:18 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    max power Posts: 559

    Public Service Unions are bankruptying the States. Look no further than California and Illinois to see the carnage they have foisted off on the taxpayers. California alone has 850 billion to 1.2 trillion in unfunded liabilities caused by union contracts for public service employees...

  • Miketeague posted at 8:14 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Miketeague Posts: 2627

    Brent, Brent, Brent, it was the general public that handed you your hat and told you to not let the door hit you in your brain carrier. But just to get your name in the paper one more time and get in some good old fashion mud slinging, you go after the teachers. The only person that showed any bad faith bargaining was you. It seems like you take your short comings as a human and try to project them on everyone else. The people of CDA saw through you and your underhanded tactics (as will the people of Post Falls). Saying the teachers are out to hurt the children is such a crock that you should be held for slander and libel. Please just go away and harm no more.

  • Brent Regan posted at 8:11 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 740

    “They came to the table and you slapped them in the face with an offer that drastically cut their compensation.”

    That is NOT what happened. We came to the table and said that we were giving too much money to Blue Cross and not enough to teachers. We asked the CEA to help us achieve that. The CEA was more interested in preserving premiums that everyone pays for but only a few see the benefit. Spending 89.7% of the budget on salary and benefits is unsustainable.

    Blue Cross profits are soaring; their rainy day fund has risen from $300M to nearly $500M, some of that is District money that could otherwise go towards teacher pay and programs.

    As for the levy, asking for MORE money in a time of declining taxpayer income would likely cause the levy to fail, as it did in St. Marys. Then we would have a $13M problem rather than a $2.8M one.

  • max power posted at 8:09 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    max power Posts: 559

    Is "LOOSER" anything like "LOSER"?

  • LTRLTR posted at 7:26 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    For pete's sake people! The trustees are trying their best to balance the budget! Tough decisions have to be made and all options have been throughly reviewed.

    LMYCDA: It is very hard to even read your comments!

  • DogeatDog posted at 7:20 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    DogeatDog Posts: 59

    Denials, you're a troll!

    Unions have accomplished a lot in this country to level the playing field against cutthroat employers. I won't go into all the details, like earning a living wage, 40 hour work weeks, paid leave (sick/family/vacation), because you're well aware of all the good unions have accomplished.

    You don't like the results of the election? Romney lost! Get over it, or move to another country. Oh wait, there isn't another country that would want the likes of you. STHU already.

  • cdanative33 posted at 6:48 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    cdanative33 Posts: 386

    They came to the table and you slapped them in the face with an offer that drastically cut their compensation. Did you think it was going to be all "hunky dorey"? You claimed that you would benefit the board by thinking outside the box and being creative. As a board member, you set the levy amount at a level that you knew would put the district in a 3 million dollar hole; your innovative and brilliant solution to the budget deficit?...Slash every employees compensation; That's brilliant, Brent! And now your shocked that the employee's negotiation team was upset during negotiations? Man, you just do not get it on so many levels.

  • DeNiles posted at 6:45 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Regan is noting a very telling and fairly disgusting trend. Unions played a major role in getting Obama elected and reelected. Now that Obamcare is being forced upon Americas struggling economy the unions seek to not have their members pay their fair share. How nice.

    So here locally the teachers unions knew they had several Trustees really focused more on education and not teacher benefits. They had to go. As far as the union is concerned state school budgets are not about educating children, their about paying teachers, more and more.

    So this is Regan's message. The unions won and our children lost, again. The teachers will not have to pay for increased healthcare expenses like the rest of working Americans. Unions members are special, like congress.

  • Peter posted at 6:23 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Peter Posts: 690

    "They came to the table wanting to, I guess, demonize us"

    Really, Jon? Stunningly short-sighted view for a man not elected to his outgoing position. It is your fringe views that have gotten you booted from your position. You and your extreme board members are responsible for the situation you all are in. Don't let the door hit your....

  • Screen Name posted at 5:23 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Screen Name Posts: 972

    Brent Regan - You have once again clearly demonstrated why it is you were voted out of the appointed post you held. You were more interested in pushing an anti-union political agenda than you were interested in actually doing the job you were appointed to do. So deep was your agenda that you voted to not pass a budget and would have had the District in violation of State law. I find it incredible that you took no responsibility for the situation and blamed the Union for your own shortcomings. Were you not on the negotiating team for the District? Did you not personally have a hand in creating the current situation? In the negotiations, you took an unreasonable stand on behalf of the District and your position was rejected by the Union. Now you paint the Union as the source of your failure when it was your personal political agenda which failed you at the negotiating table. Consistent with your political agenda, I think it is you who is demonizing the Union to rationalize the failed negotiations and your failed election. The reality is that you have only yourself to blame for both.

  • voxpop posted at 5:02 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Being an obvious sore loser is always so appealing isn't it. People didn't vote for you Regan because they don't think you care about the children of Cda but rather some minor political aspirations you might have. Face it pal. You're a nothing. Not really even an engineer, as you like to call yourself. Go back to living the life Thoreau had in mind for you - a life of QUIET desperation.

  • LMYCDA posted at 4:24 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    This man has no conscience. Good riddens Regan...good bye, you are done. Washed up. You are nothing but a little whining sore looser!!! Go away and stay away, you will not be missed nor will your little woman.

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