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Cd'A superintendent leaving

Hazel Bauman to take leadership position at Central Kitsap district

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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 12:00 am

Coeur d'Alene School Superintendent Hazel Bauman announced Wednesday that she will be leaving the Coeur d'Alene School District to lead the Central Kitsap School District as its superintendent.

Bauman announced last week that she was a finalist for the position.

Details about the Coeur d'Alene School District's transition plan for hiring an interim superintendent are uncertain, but the school board will hold a special meeting at noon Friday at the Midtown Center to discuss its next steps.

"Hazel is a visionary and has exemplified a high level of dedicated service to the students and stakeholders of the Coeur d'Alene School District. She will be greatly missed," said board chair Tom Hamilton, in a prepared statement released by the school district.

Bauman said, in a press release, that the district's "strong and involved" school board members, its "excellent senior level administrative team," and district staff will "continue to serve our students, our families and our communities with the highest level of excellence."

Bauman cited an opportunity to be closer to her family on the West Coast as her reason for leaving, and said that she will still call Coeur d'Alene home.

"Coeur d'Alene has my heart. My husband, David, and I look forward to returning in a few years to retire in the community I have loved for almost 40 years," Bauman said.

The Kitsap Sun reported Wednesday that Bauman will serve in a one-year superintendent role at Central Kitsap School District beginning July 1.

She has served as superintendent of the Coeur d'Alene School District since June 2008 and has worked for the school district for 29 years.

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  • Keltoi posted at 9:04 am on Fri, May 10, 2013.

    Keltoi Posts: 4

    It is not funny, it is sick because it is true.

  • Keltoi posted at 9:02 am on Fri, May 10, 2013.

    Keltoi Posts: 4

    She is leaving for THE MONEY. She wants to be closer to her family in the area but is then coming back??? Her family there merit one year but then she is outta there? She has her slumlord properties to manage here in CDA, after all, family rates a smeh. She is our version of Hillary Clinton, but Hillary is a pillar of truth by comparison.

  • Keltoi posted at 7:56 am on Fri, May 10, 2013.

    Keltoi Posts: 4

    No. Harry was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise inbred system. David Rawls - Harry Amend - Hazel Rawls/Bauman (what do you think was going on in Central Office?) defines the last 2 decades of District "Leadership". Harry was by far the brightest spot in that tenure, and he was recruited from the outside. We MUST find someone not part of the current regime to give CDA the school system it deserves.

  • Curt Slade posted at 7:39 am on Fri, May 10, 2013.

    Curt Slade Posts: 57

    I was actually in the room when he said it and what he said was, "We have a Superintendant we pay $125,000 a year that can't do the job of a $30,000 teacher." It was said viciously and not viewed at all as a joke. Well, maybe some teachers thought it was funny. Ms. Bauman got up and left shortly after this comment was made by Mr. Eubanks and my gut tells me she considered what he said very insulting as did anyone else in the room with half a brain.

  • Curt Slade posted at 7:27 am on Fri, May 10, 2013.

    Curt Slade Posts: 57

    I'm perfectly fine, thank you but I appreciate your sad attempt to marginalize me when you were unable to handle the facts. I don't know, maybe she's leaving to get away from all the crybaby teachers because they've become insufferable but she wants to return when she retires next year because North Idaho is a fantastic place to live.

  • Donatella Whitehat posted at 11:52 pm on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    Donatella Whitehat Posts: 1

    Mr. Slade, you appear to be having a nervous breakdown. You're sounding shrill. Do you really believe Mrs. Bauman isn't leaving to escape this board? Really? Why else would she take a job for one year and then promise to come back to retire?

  • CHSdad posted at 10:41 pm on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    CHSdad Posts: 383

    I've read this line about Eubanks insulting Bauman a few times now. That's a bit of spin put about by the pro Seddon crowd, but it isn't actually true. Eubanks was asked about saving money and he jokingly offered to do Bauman's job for half the pay. This is not publicly insulting her!

  • Curt Slade posted at 7:55 pm on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    Curt Slade Posts: 57

    Mister d, you said, "no one could fault you for wanting to get away from this backwards Board" as if the school board had anything to do with Ms Bauman's decision to move on and of course you would be wrong. My point is it was a retired teacher (Eubanks) who took the time to publicly insult Ms. Bauman so perhaps it was a shaky relationship with the teachers that drove her off? I know it's easier for you to blame our trustees for everything but I suppose you wouldn't be 'mister d' if you didn't.

  • whatwillbe53 posted at 6:22 pm on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    whatwillbe53 Posts: 178

    disagree - Harry Amend was the initiator of the problems.

  • mister d posted at 6:18 pm on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Well Slade maybe instead of just attending the School Board meetings you should actually listen and be aware of the realities of the CDA District. No one was surprised this actually happened but if ignorance is bliss, you must be a very happy man. Nice how you call people names and I almost stooped to your level but I erased the nickname you obviously deserve. If I remember correctly, it is the Regan Republicans politicizing the School Board unless you haven't seen their signs and listened to their propaganda. .

  • Keltoi posted at 6:11 pm on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    Keltoi Posts: 4

    You can hear the collective sigh of relief from the hard working teachers of SD 271 at this news. Mrs. Rawls will be missed by only the 10% of Staff who licked her $200 alligator boots. NOW, Board, hire someone from out of town! There is not a single insider who can clean up this mess. We need another Harry Amend, not another member of La Cosa Rawlsta!

  • ancientemplar posted at 11:50 am on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1283

    Sorry, This is Coeur d'Alene, Idaho not Silicon Valley. $75k/yr is sufficient for the govn't job. Just look at the product from this " major business operation." Somebody has to turn this ship around.

  • whatwillbe53 posted at 10:11 am on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    whatwillbe53 Posts: 178

    click on 'school board' and you are redirected to :

    too much subterfuge occurred on her watch - glad she's leaving.

    after dropping the 'ad word' bomb, look for the Balance folks to get nice just before the election.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 9:51 am on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    OMG! knew it had to happen sooner or later. f_p_j, the superintendent position is NOT a private sector CEO, which in my opinion, overpaid as well. It is a government job paid by TAX dollars. The superintendent pay should NEVER be more that 20% of the highest paid teaching position excluding the overpaid football coaches.

    We keep cutting teachers salaries. It is time to cut the FAT!

    It is time to reel in government.

  • hayden_guy posted at 9:41 am on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    hayden_guy Posts: 400


  • former_prompter_jockey posted at 8:53 am on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    former_prompter_jockey Posts: 6

    Overpaid? Are you kidding? Let me ask you a question: What do you think the CEO of a corporation or business that had an annual operating budget of 75+ million and 500 employees would be worth? If you say 75k you're just plain not being honest. Fact is the superintendent of a school district the size of 271 is a CEO of a major business operation and compensation in the neighborhood of 120k pales in comparison to what it would be worth in the private sector. I for one, am sorry to see Hazel leave. She's a respected supt. and her contributions to our community will be missed.

  • Curt Slade posted at 8:07 am on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    Curt Slade Posts: 57

    Good grief, mister doofus, must you politicize EVERYTHING?!? The current Board had nothing to do with her decision to leave. As far as I could tell, having attended plenty of school board meetings, they had a decent working relationship. If you MUST blame someone for Ms. Bauman's departure why don't you take a look at Dave Eubanks. While sitting on the panel at the CEP hosted trustee forum a few weeks ago he snidely remarked that Hazel wasn't worth what we paid her. Nice guy.

  • Rationale posted at 8:05 am on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    Rationale Posts: 1976

    Let's see...calls CDA home, has been Superintendent for how many years, will return in a few years, but she takes a 1 year position? Something reeks!

    Good riddance! She was overpaid!

    Now let's revamp District 271 to stop being so top-heavy with underworked, overpaid administrators.

  • mister d posted at 7:36 am on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Good luck Hazel. No one could fault you for wanting to get away from this backwards Board.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:39 am on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Ms Bauman has done a good job and I wish her well.

    School board,

    Here is an excellent opportunity to bring her successor in at a reasonable rate of 75% of Ms Bauman's salary and 25% of her expense account thus saving the equivalent one teachers salary or many aide salaries.

    This is also an excellent opportunity to get rid of an unnecessary position, the assistant superintendent. The savings would be equivalent to three teachers salaries. At the very least, if they are to stay and as described above, the assistant superintendents salary should be 80% of the NEW superintendent salary.

  • voxpop posted at 5:43 am on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Here's hoping that the board will choose someone who's qualified - and not qualified in the sense that Luna is "qualified." Certainly someone who has the proper EDUCATIONAL credentials and has led a large school district before. And someone who's focus is our kids and not their own ideological dogma.

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