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New Cd'A trustees take part in first meeting

Tom Hearn will serve as chairman for the upcoming year

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Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - The Coeur d'Alene School District's three new elected trustees took their seats on the dais for the first time Monday at the Midtown Center, and quickly changed the board's leadership.

Tom Hearn is the new chair, and Christa Hazel is now vice-chair.

Hearn, Hazel and Dave Eubanks won their trustee positions by election in May, and were sworn in at the start of the regular monthly meeting. The July meeting also serves as the five-member board's annual reorganization meeting, when officers are elected by the board members.

Hearn noted that the new trustees are coming on board following a heated election race.

"I really hope that this board can get along, that we can move forward," Hearn said.

He replaces Tom Hamilton in the chairman's seat. Hamilton did not attend Monday's meeting. At the start of the meeting, board member Terri Seymour said Hamilton was absent due to a "crisis" at work.

Seymour opposed the selection of Hazel as vice-chair, and said she would have favored Hamilton in the position because the new trustees lack experience running school board meetings.

Seymour chaired the meeting until the conclusion of the reorganization motions, and then handed the gavel over to Hearn, who led the remainder of the session.

Hearn said he knows the district faces challenges, but that he is excited about joining the board, and looks forward to working with a "great administrative team."

Hazel and Eubanks each echoed Hearn's sentiment.

It was Matt Handelman's first meeting as superintendent. The district's former associate superintendent, Handelman was tapped to serve in the top leadership position in May, after Hazel Bauman announced her resignation to take a position in western Washington.

It was decided during Monday's meeting that Hearn and Hazel will serve on the board's negotiating team when contract talks resume, likely later this month.

During the public comment section of the meeting, the new trustees heard from Brent Regan, one of the recently departed school board members.

Regan lost the Zone 1 seat to Hazel.

"I wanted to thank the trustees and congratulate you all. Now you get to sit on that side and you're going to find out very quickly that it's a different perspective, and you've got to have a different attitude, and there are some pitfalls," he said.

He said that while considering ways the district could save money, he noticed that the district had paid about $4,700 to Range Northwest, a downtown design firm, for graphic design work and printing work for Sorensen Magnet School's spring fundraiser auction. He noted that Range Northwest's owners are Eden Irgens and Adam Graves. Irgens sits on the board of Balance North Idaho, a political action committee, he said.

Balance North Idaho endorsed Regan's opponent, Hazel.

Graves chaired the Sorensen fundraiser, Regan said.

"I'm not giving any allegation of wrongdoing here, but what I am saying is that things like this can put the board in a difficult position, because the optics on it are very bad," he said.

He said that the $4,700 would have been better spent on something for the district rather than for printing services.

Lisa May, a Sorensen mother and parent who has worked on the school's auction, said the funds spent on the event were not school district dollars. They were raised by the parents at the school, she said.

Wendell Wardell, the district's chief operating officer, confirmed that the district handles the funds for Sorensen, but the money does not belong to the district.

May said she didn't want the Sorensen event to be "tarnished" by the discussion of the funds.

"No inappropriate behavior took place on the part of the district or any board member," May said.

Regan said he appreciated knowing that the money was just passing through the district's account and was not actually district funds.

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  • bruce wayne posted at 12:10 pm on Mon, Jul 8, 2013.

    bruce wayne Posts: 120

    I'd like to say this in regards to Kohler and Regan's secret group which has "HATE" connections...

    Read today' s paper. Who took over the p.o. box of Butler' s address?

    Come on Regan...With your racial comments you know you want to come out of the don't care about political correctness...just say it.

  • bruce wayne posted at 9:02 am on Mon, Jul 8, 2013.

    bruce wayne Posts: 120

    Terri Seymour, Tom Hamilton, Mary Souza, Brent Regan....all part of Duncan Kohler's secret group.

    They will continue to try to throw monkey wrenches into whatever public operations they can. It is part of their manifesto.

    Ahh Brent, you think you are all that and a bag of chips when really you are the brown stuff on the bottom of my shoe.

    Keep an eye on this secret group. They are a hurt animal and we know how a hurt animal acts.

  • Ron_Burgundy1988 posted at 9:15 pm on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Ron_Burgundy1988 Posts: 40

    In most dictionaries, "narcissist" is usually accompanied by a photo of a soundly defeated school board trustee struggling to remain relevant.

  • Ron_Burgundy1988 posted at 9:14 pm on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Ron_Burgundy1988 Posts: 40

    From Websters: narcissist (noun): a person who is overly concerned with his or her own desires, needs, or interests

    Synonyms: egocentric, egomaniac, egotist, ego-tripper, narcissist

  • Randy Myers posted at 8:01 pm on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    Who is this Joseph that you refer to ? Conspiracy theory watchers would love to know.

  • Lussier posted at 7:50 pm on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Lussier Posts: 132

    He kept the money in his pocket. He originally said his services were donated. What a big guy Adam is.

  • hooper posted at 6:48 pm on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    hooper Posts: 78

    The truth? It appears to be changing. At first, Mr. Regan said, "Sorensen and the District spent twice as much as they should have," which is patently false. The money is neither Sorenson's nor the District's until the fundraiser is completed and the expenditures are subtracted from the gross receipts. Now Mr. Regan calls it "fundraiser money".

    Mr. Graves, glad to see that you kept the money in the community, rather than outsourcing. Congratulations, also, for stepping up to the plate when the fundraiser was in jeopardy of being discontinued. Tens of thousands of dollars were raised, as opposed to zero. That's what's truly cool.

  • Brent Regan posted at 4:19 pm on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 676

    So, the next time I report the truth, like when Graves directs fundraiser money to his company “even though we could save roughly half going elsewhere.” (his words) I won’t be the object of ad hominem attacks by Joseph and his clan of truculent blog-luddite sycophants? Cool. Best news of the day! Thank you.

  • CDA_Mom posted at 12:13 pm on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    CDA_Mom Posts: 32

    As I watch Brent Regan comment here, hungry for attention and disconnected from reality, I think we would be wise to remember the first rule of online discussion:


    Don't give this man attention. His words and actions speak for themselves. He lost for a reason, and by such a margin that there is no ambiguity. Let him talk to himself, don't dignify it with further response.

  • Sunshinegirl posted at 9:34 am on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Sunshinegirl Posts: 79

    Mr. Graves - how much, total, has Sorensen raised independently of the district since it turned to Magnet status? Just curious. I believe you have been involved since day 1, correct?

    I'm disgusted by Mr. Regan trying to do you harm after you have been quite open about the expenses and the income earned via the auction. $95k is substantial in a venue where people have to raise their paddles and write a physical check that night. I love how Regan takes credit for the levy passing purely because he was trustee and endorsed it. What a joke.

    Keep up the good work, sir.

  • Sunshinegirl posted at 9:31 am on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Sunshinegirl Posts: 79

    Regan is such a narcissist and an embarrassment to himself over and over again.

  • Sunshinegirl posted at 9:30 am on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Sunshinegirl Posts: 79

    Excellent point, Lola. I hope the voters will remember the past what, 5 years of bs from her, and see through her 'niceties' being presented right now. What a con job she is throwing at the voters.

  • Sunshinegirl posted at 9:28 am on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Sunshinegirl Posts: 79

    The way you have treated this non-issue is a reassurance to those of us who voted for Christa Hazel. Thankfully, there were a lot of us.

  • Brent Regan posted at 9:25 am on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 676

    I have a question for you Joseph. When you comment under different screen names do you actually think you are that person?

  • hooper posted at 7:45 am on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    hooper Posts: 78

    Classy, Mr. Regan, real classy.

    With the "higher-level thinking" skills, Mr.Regan possesses, he still doesn't seem to understand that the money spent on the expenses for the Sorenson fund-raising auction are not "district money."

    It's funny that he's now giving the new board members advice about "the smart thing to do", when in May he was still scratching his head over "how you bring a political agenda into education," and was still "gathering data" about the rollout of the Common Core standards, and said that it was unclear how to resolve the "strategic challenges" the district was/is facing (transitioning to an "Information Age" educational system, and the need for a "cultural change" in education). "I don't know that anybody really has that answer right now, but the most important part of solving a problem is recognizing that you have a problem," he said.

    It's funny that he continues to assume that the new board members don't know what they are getting into.

    It's funny that he now lauds his own hours and hours of "public service" (December to June), when, according to him, the sum total of his community service prior to becoming a trustee consisted of volunteering as a judge for a robotics competition one year (2010) and being a board member of the Idaho Freedom Foundation.

  • dtsinidaho posted at 7:40 am on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    dtsinidaho Posts: 236

    Keep the dogma up Martha.. it will help the real voters in Coeur d'Alene make up their minds. November will be another slap-down of the quickly fracturing Republican/Teaparty/Libertarian/KCRR coalition. With faces like Hamilton on the School board, and the incredibly less than pedantic Adams on the City council, The voters have learned what happens if you ignore one of the most precious rights of an American citizen. Voting. With Souza's early announcement for mayor and pretty much representing the tenor of the coalition mentioned above, the next mayor won't have to announce until the last minute, thus cutting down the time for the KKRR to create their fanciful tales of unprovable conspiracies.

    Martha, you cast dispersion on Adam for providing a service to the school that his CHILD belongs too. So you see a conspiracy in this? This is not a town of a half million, so you are going to have people in business, doing business with the schools, how else would you do it.

    Same goes for the city of Coeur d'Alene. Mr. Regan in his statement basically brought suspicion on a well run, and transparent fund raising program. Mr. Regan as a School Board Member should have know this information. Another good reason for his early exit in governing in Cd'A.

    However, I personally do not want Mr. Regan to "shut up". His known associations with the hard right of north Idaho politics will only enforce the reason to vote, to keep those he "conspires with" out of office. Beside, it probably bought more attention to a great program, than a media blitz. Amazing how fast a Judge becomes a Jester.

  • LTRLTR posted at 7:33 am on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Thank you for admitting your comment of untruth, which was my only point I wanted to make.

  • Brent Regan posted at 7:26 am on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 676


  • Screen Name posted at 6:14 am on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Screen Name Posts: 945

    It appears that the now irrelevant Mr. Regan has a compulsion for continued media attention. Symptoms include making unfounded allegations in a public meeting which he knows the press is attending, reading the subsequent article and comments about his ridiculous statements, and lastly, aggressively responding to the reader's comments about his unfounded allegations.

    The prognosis is for Mr. Regan's compulsion to continue unabated so long as his delusions of relevancy continue. Get some help Mr. Regan, We will all be the better for it.

  • Ron_Burgundy1988 posted at 10:28 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Ron_Burgundy1988 Posts: 40

    With apologies to Bernard Baily; when science discovers the center of the universe, Brent Regan is going to be very disappointed to learn that he is not it.

  • kosro posted at 6:57 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    kosro Posts: 7

    Mr. Regan please leave Sorensen and its hard working parents who donate thousands of hours to raise funding for our school alone! You lost. By a wide margin. You are making this personal because you did not get what you wanted and do not like Adam's politics. I assume you have never donated a penny of your personal money to our school so just go away and leave us alone! You are a hateful, radical human being and as a parent I will be forever grateful for every person who voted for your worthy opponent. Trying to make a successful school a target because you lost is shameful. Just go away. Find a cause that actually wants your input and opinions. We do not.

  • lola123 posted at 5:52 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    lola123 Posts: 343

    Yes Funny LTRLTR, OK so no one that owns a business should be allowed to create jobs or service the community in any way if taxpayer money is used? What planet are you from?
    And the Sorensen job had NOTHING to do with taxpayer money? So whats your point?

  • Brent Regan posted at 5:26 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 676

    The ever peevish Joseph posts under his real name rather than a pseudonym. My comments must be near a nerve. As the new Trustees will find out, the job requires a huge commitment of time. About 100 hours a month of unpaid community service IF you give the job the attention it needs. There is a LOT more to it than just the public meetings. There are special meetings, disciplinary hearings, community chats, negotiations, research, board meeting preparation, lobbying legislators, campaigning for the M&O levy, approving contracts, etc. etc., etc. The new Trustees booted the chair and vice chair without even considering the need for continuity in the District.

    Joseph, by your own admission, Sorensen and the District spent twice as much as they should have by using your company. That looks bad. In the future the District should use the student run graphics and print shop at Project. This helps the kids, it helps the schools and it looks good all around.

    I applaud your volunteerism. We have so much in common. You volunteered to be chairman. I volunteered to be trustee. You spent a lot of time at the job. I spent a lot of time at the job. You helped convince taxpayers to donate over $95,000 to Sorensen. I helped convince taxpayers to donate over $27,000,000 to the district. You approved of spending some of that money on your own company. I …… didn’t.

  • LTRLTR posted at 4:42 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    lola123: LOL You are the one who is without the correct facts. Martha stated the truth! See Adams comments above and he admits to creating jobs for his company along with Eden. They are now collecting taxpayer funding through our local urban renewal too.

  • Brent Regan posted at 4:35 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 676

    "The Job of a trustee is hard enough without adding the underhanded tactics of people like":
    Adam Graves
    Thom George
    The list goes on....

  • Rogue Cop posted at 3:17 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2369

    Prediction: When the teachers' union doesn't get what they want in wages and benefits, the "new" board will be vilified. It's all about the children............................NOT!

  • CDA_Mom posted at 2:39 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    CDA_Mom Posts: 32

    To respond to Mr. Johnson's question as to whether parents are aware of the expenses associated with the auction and how funds are spent, the answer is yes. I am a Sorensen parent, and I can assure you that the auction process is fully open to anyone who wants to get involved. There is far too much work to be done to pull off such a massive event every year to allow for any kind of secretive, underhanded plotting. Parents, teachers, administrators and community members band together to keep the school funded, and Adam Graves gives very generously of both his time and resources to make the event happen.

    If you are going to critique the way the auction is run, I encourage you to join our efforts to see for yourself just what is really happening behind the scenes. This is a group of people working very hard to create educational opportunities for children - it's that simple.

  • lola123 posted at 2:36 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    lola123 Posts: 343

    Martha you are as uninformed as Regan. Get your facts straight before commenting. That is the problem with the Regan Republicans long on inuendo short on facts.

  • adamgraves posted at 1:36 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    adamgraves Posts: 47

    I loath responding to this apparent sour-grape attack but, I should enlighten the public on this drivel before someone actually buys into it. I am not speaking for the School or the Magnet Committee here but personally…

    The auction this year brought in a total of $95,455.97. The total spent for marketing the event was $5,666.95 not the lessor amount Brent said.

    So, roughly around 6% of the gross sales of the event went to market the event. This is well under the typical % of gross sales allocated for marketing a niche-target event.

    Every marketing item has an estimate submitted and purchased order created after it is decided on and approved by the auction/magnet funds committee. My time as Chair and the hours and hours of time spent strategizing, planning, meeting, organizing, procuring, etc. is all donated as a volunteer.

    The Post Office does not donate, neither do the paper companies or the printers that we contract to perform the labor and printing of the tens of thousands of needed print pieces that actually account for the vast majority of the marketing expense. We bid to only local vendors to keep the dollars in CdA even though we could save roughly half going elsewhere. This was a unanimous Magnet Committee decision.

    Furthermore, Range negotiates and sells sponsorships/ads with the Press for all the print ads and large special section insert valued in the range of $6-7,000 for no cost to Sorensen.

    While Range makes every effort to donate as much of our professional services to local causes as possible and for Sorensen this includes only billing for a fraction of our time, we are a business and have employees and overhead to pay. If we did it all for free and paid for the costs we wouldn't be around long to help the next cause.

    For Brent Regan to "not accuse" me of misappropriation of funds is laughable and quite sad at the same time. My family alone spent $5,300 at the auction just this year. We donated auction items this year that sold for a total of $2,250.

    Perhaps Brent should try less being a "public figure" as he calls himself on Facebook, espousing what is bad, corrupt, or black and scary, and spend more time in the real world, actually building a better community. Maybe he wouldn't be so sour then. I hear Borah needs new playground equipment. Perhaps he can start small and just raise $35,000? We did the first year for Sorensen but Brent is way smarter than me...

  • ancientemplar posted at 1:10 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1268

    YOU DON'T CO-MINGLE FUNDS, no matter who you are.

  • Why Not posted at 11:19 am on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Why Not Posts: 5017

    Oh but Mike those progressives they are everywhere you know, pulling the strings behind the scene.

    Why is there always some contrived conspriacy with some of you folks?

  • kiwi posted at 11:17 am on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    kiwi Posts: 1

    As one who has been a participant in all of the Sorensen Auctions, I can shed some light on the topic.

    Range was hired the first year for promotion. Adam Graves children did not attend Sorensen at that time. The PTA president and the auction committee, which consisted and still consist of parents and staff, hired the firm.

    The parents and staff of Sorensen know exactly what money is being spent and how it is spent. We've organized our auction for 7 years.

    The auction doesn't affect the tax payers. It is run off donations. The district account holds the money for the magnet funds because it is the procedure. All funds are accounted for and there is a magnet committee that consists of district personal, parents, and staff.

  • Becky posted at 11:12 am on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Becky Posts: 4

    Congratulations to the newly elected school board members.

  • Miketeague posted at 10:29 am on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Miketeague Posts: 2388

    I apologize for my earlier sloppy comment. Not the content which I’m sure most people understand but the way it was written. Sometimes these yahoos get me so angry that my keyboard sputters.
    Now here comes Mr. Johnson to the defense of Regan who needs all the defense he can get. Like Flash said, this nefarious act took place on Regan’s watch but he waited until he had been given the door and could twist something good done by good people at no cost to the taxpayer into something bad and infer it’s the new Board’s fault? Like I said he belongs under a rock.
    The Job of a trustee is hard enough without adding the underhanded tactics of people like Regan, Ward, Nonini, Goedde and Luna. So give the new Board a chance at least until the second meeting.

  • Martha posted at 10:21 am on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Martha Posts: 28

    Let me get this straight. Adam Graves company, Range Northwest, which he owns with Eden Irgins, President of Balance NI, profited from a fundraiser chaired by Graves, and Regan is the bad guy? Oh, I forgot- the commoners should never question any decision made by card carrying members of the CDA ruling class, no matter how inappropriate. Just one more item in a long list of examples of how the elites of our city seek to line their own pockets at the expense of others.

  • lola123 posted at 10:17 am on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    lola123 Posts: 343

    Just keep in mind the arrogant Mr. Regan and who was his biggest supporter? Mary Souza.
    Nuff said.

  • Flash Gordon posted at 9:43 am on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1483

    One would think that a former sitting board member would know about a Sorensen fund raiser in his own district and that he would have had a better grasp of his school district's budget since he was "there":) One wonders how many other issues Regan got wrong during his thankfully brief tenure on the board.....

  • mister d posted at 8:42 am on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Regan brought nothing to light, he is just a trouble maker and an angry man. I am sure any parent who attended the monthly PTO meeting knew of the fund expenditure. i attended my school's PTO meeting every month last year and had a say and a vote on many decisions just like this one. Maybe you should attend some of the meetings, you would be surprised what you learn when you participate and don't just sit back and complain.

  • Ziggy posted at 8:38 am on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Ziggy Posts: 1229

    The inexperienced and immature person thinks he/she is irreplaceable. More mature people find out, through experience, that everyone is replaceable.

  • Lussier posted at 8:24 am on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Lussier Posts: 132

    agree Kevin - I thought I read that Adams donated his printing to Sorenson where his kid attends.

    ""No inappropriate behavior took place on the part of the district or any board member," May said."

    This is a true statement, BUT it does not ring true for the progressives behind the scenes pulling strings.

  • Keven Johnson posted at 7:45 am on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1422

    Fabricating trouble where there is none, Mike? As a property tax payer, I am certainly relieved to know that the $4700 wasn't district / tax money. But did those parents who contributed their hard earned money at the Sorensen fundraiser (in addition to the taxes thay paid of course) know such a large sum was going to be used for printing expenses, instead of the help the school and the students themselves? I bet they didn't. And if this money doesn't belong to the school district, why is it being "passed through" the district's bank account? Thank you Brent Regan for bringing this to light.

  • Miketeague posted at 6:53 am on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Miketeague Posts: 2388

    Regan you are a sad, sad, sad example of a human, your parting shot is to try a fabricate trouble where there is none? Please do the world a favor, look at how bad your were beaten then take the message and crawl badly under the rock you came from.

  • Thaddeus posted at 6:02 am on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    The "Pitfalls" Regan must be refering too are the ones he found when he couldn't keep his mouth shut.

  • Shocked posted at 4:05 am on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Shocked Posts: 98

    Mr. Regan. For the love of God, please go away!

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