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Voters: Thumbs up for education

Cd'A $32.7 million bond passes with 71.64 percent approval

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Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 12:15 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Voters in the Coeur d'Alene School District threw their support behind a $32.7 million bond, passing it at the polls Tuesday with 71.64 percent voter approval.

Successful passage required a supermajority - 66 and two-thirds percent of the votes cast - to pass.

The funds will be used to finance major renovations at five aging schools and technology infrastructure upgrades throughout the district.

"This is life changing, for my kids and for me," said Tiffany Melton, when the final results were in. Melton is a third-grade teacher at Bryan Elementary School, one of the buildings slated for remodeling.

There were 7,444 votes cast in the Coeur d'Alene School District, with 5,333 in favor of the bond and 2,111 against, representing 28.36 percent.

Tom Hamilton, chair of the district's board of trustees, said the results show that the community "solidly supports education."

This is the first school tax measure brought to voters by a fledgling board. Hamilton and Trustee Terri Seymour were elected in 2011, and the remaining three trustees on the five-member board were each appointed within the last few months.

When asked if he felt the bond's passage represents a vote of confidence for the new board, Hamilton said he feels it does.

"I think it shows the community believes in this board and this administration's ability to lead the district in challenging times," Hamilton said.

The bond's passage will not increase the levy rate for district property owners because it is replacing two items that are coming off the tax rolls this year, the KTEC facilities levy and the Lake City High School bond.

"I'm so thankful to the community," said Superintendent Hazel Bauman. "This is going to make a huge difference in learning for a lot of kids in this community."

There were school elections in two other Kootenai County districts, Lakeland and the Kootenai Joint District. Each of those measures passed also.

Voter turnout across all three school district elections was 9,719, representing 17.97 percent of the 54,085 registered voters in those districts.

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  • bionic man posted at 4:59 pm on Fri, Aug 31, 2012.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    CC....$50 for everyone would be great, charge those with kids $250. I've been out of school for over 50 years. You're implying that my 9 years of being in a public school should cost me for the rest of my life???? I finished my education and furthered it at my own expense. Unfortunately I never fathered any children, so my question still goes......why should I be obligated to pay for some other parents kids????? If the education system was competent, then I might have a second thought. The current education system is a joke, along with the administrators and teachers. The parents are also 85% of the problem. I'm totally against any additional taxes that just benefit the few and have no other recourse than to see further tax raises in the name of education. It should be, you want an education, you pay for it.....that includes the people that think they have to have 10 kids so that the taxpayers pay for them. Wanna breed, pay for it

  • Jullee posted at 11:55 am on Fri, Aug 31, 2012.

    Jullee Posts: 554

    It still comes down to administration over paying themselves , not budgeting and using funds wisely.
    Just look at your taxes and ask yourselves where all that money goes.
    A good education comes from good teachers and small class rooms, sad to see how kids can not add without a calculator, and now that they are not learning cursive writing skills they will not even be able to sign their names.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:28 am on Fri, Aug 31, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    bionic man,

    I disagree. Those before you had to pay for your education.

    I feel it should be a flat rate for every one plus $50 per child. Therefore renters along with those that have 5-8-10 children will pay their fair share..

  • bionic man posted at 7:14 pm on Thu, Aug 30, 2012.

    bionic man Posts: 347 we go again.....raise taxes for those who have no children....personally, I'm tired of paying for peoples kids and having my taxes go up again. Pure and simple.....those of you that have kids should be the ones paying for all of this BS. My only advantage.....a double write off on my taxes, however I still have to make the money to write it off. Pure and simple, those with kids should pay the burden instead of living off others.....then and only then will the levy's fail.

  • LTRLTR posted at 4:55 pm on Thu, Aug 30, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    'parent posted at 5:12 am on Thu, Aug 30, 2012'

    I agree with you parent. I trust the new school board and I will trust administration under their watchful eye. Thank you Coeur d'Alene Citizens for your vote of support!

    No one would question this bond if they have seen the older schools with their own eyes. Voting "yes" was the right choice to make.

  • kosro posted at 11:38 am on Thu, Aug 30, 2012.

    kosro Posts: 7

    This was not about kids?? For those of us with kids in public school it was most certainly about kids. I don't love our new school board and look forward to May when we can acutally vote for members. The bond was conceived before the new members took over-they can try to take credit but the long range planning committee are the real people behind it. I voted yes because our kids deserve decent schools and so do future generations. I'd like to see anyone work in an office building that reached above 90 degrees on hot days and yet people think our teachers and kids should have to.

  • Jullee posted at 11:12 am on Thu, Aug 30, 2012.

    Jullee Posts: 554

    This was not about kids, it was about administration over spending and poor budgeting.

  • parent posted at 5:12 am on Thu, Aug 30, 2012.

    parent Posts: 347

    Sorry Tahoerob,cdamom, lola123,
    The ONLY reason many chose to vote yes is because of the leadership of the board that is currently in place. We all want the money to go for the kids but that has not always been what has happened under the former boards. Many voted yes, even though it was more than they were comfortable with, because they knew that this current board would do the best job for the students, teachers and community. The old leadership would NEVER have had this yes vote. Yes, it was in the planning by the long range, BUT it was the confidence in the board that pulled it off. All board members were behind this bond so your post is false. Your posts are nasty, mean and immature.

  • Curt Slade posted at 9:29 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Curt Slade Posts: 57

    uhhh, not sure how I'm correct for a statement I never made but, thank you?? Have you any idea the state of our economy? Any idea how many people are out of work? Ever wonder why there has been a HUGE backlash against public, i.e. taxpayer spending in this time of economic crisis??? In these times of serious fiscal trial, public bonds are a gamble. If the wrong leadership is in place, taxpayers can just expect more of the same in government waste. Thankfully we have a school district administration and a school board that has done their homework. Laws are in place to insure that budgets promises are kept. We can all rest assured there will be no going over budget in public spending where this bond is concerned.

  • Nam trung posted at 7:56 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Nam trung Posts: 7

    I agree with your opinion that it is completely accurate.Dich vu SEO

  • concernedcitizen posted at 7:46 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Curt Slade

    You are absolutely correct. CdA is all about politics and NOT the KIDS or TEACHERS.

  • inclined posted at 6:22 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    inclined Posts: 681

    I hoped to wait for a turnaround in the nation’s direction, with a new government before we had to take on more debt. Perhaps many more of the Left thought that was about to happen so they could venture their vote with confidence.

    To explain the low voter turnout again… Did you think that with your efforts over the Park, then the recall, that you might just sit back, a bit discouraged and let fly what would come? There is something to understand. The Left does not quit. “All politics is local” to them. There is in their make-up a detesting of things conservative locally. They have an extreme aversion to and hostility for losing their ideological gains. They just suffered the loss of IB. If you do not understand that put new objectivity into their bile, you are set up and will know it’s poison to the max if you think the coming November elections will not be a “come h.ll or high water” get out and vote, coup de grace effort sticking it to the nation.

    The nature of things educational used to be about teachers and parents and a huge block of time and heart into a family and child’s life. Teacher Unions changed that. If you are not aware that many many teachers now are owned. They gave their souls to unions. They made pacts. They gave blood money, hard earned but gladly sacrificed funds. It changed many of these people. When their donations go by and large to the Left in this country, it is killing us too many ways to account. You know lackadaisically? Do you think the Left forgets Wisconsin? Do you think they do not hate the “Lunatic” reform movement with a passion that will make your little patriot act look like children’s play? Grow up Conservative voters. Do it! Be lackadaisical with your recreation and investment portfolio. Be lackadaisical with your religion and clubs, with your TV and sports, but wake up to the demons in our small world while we sit around sipping on elixirs making daisy chains.

  • JoeIdaho posted at 4:47 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Here's what I think is funny:
    The Press had an article just before the election touting their poll as showing that the issue woudl probably fail.....mirroring their poll that nobody in CDA believes in God.

    THINK about it for a minute....

    Me, I was for the Bond. I am FOR the education system. CDA schools are excellent, I want them to stay that way.

  • greyhound2 posted at 3:37 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    greyhound2 Posts: 844

    The comment "they will find a way" proves intent.

  • Curt Slade posted at 1:01 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Curt Slade Posts: 57

    To you folks who have taken the time here to chastise Mr. Hamilton for his perceived arrogant remark: I believe you take it for granted that this bond passed so handily. There is a large conservative community in this town that needed some serious convincing that the bond was the right thing to do in these economically difficult times. It was people like Tom and his fellow board members that spent the last few months taking time out of their busy schedules to educate and lobby the conservative community on the importance of passing the bond. This bond very well may not have passed if it hadn't been for this new board's support and effort. Thanks in part to their dedication to the students and taxpayers of this district the bond did indeed sail through. P.S. school board trustees work for free.

  • Humanist posted at 12:50 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Humanist Posts: 3163

    Ditto. Please Tom Hamilton and the other board members, do not let this go to your heads.

  • Humanist posted at 12:48 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Humanist Posts: 3163

    We ate dinner after work and then went at voted at about 7:30 p.m. If people can't take 10 minutes out of their busy day to do their civic duty, then that's their own darn fault.

  • apathoid posted at 11:47 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    apathoid Posts: 211

    and you would know this because you've been so actively involved in school issues...and before you say it, sending out pithy, but not witty commentary on a blog full of trolls doesn't count as being involved.

  • apathoid posted at 9:37 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    apathoid Posts: 211

    aaaahhhhh....the bitter rantings of the small minded naysayers. Thankfully most of the community doesn't see the world through your myopic eyes.

    Nice job voters of CDA 271...this is a good thing.

  • rexaroni posted at 9:35 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    rexaroni Posts: 190

    I stand by my statement. If people cared enough about the issue, they would find a way to vote. Even if they were going to be out of town, they could have voted absentee.

  • greyhound2 posted at 9:13 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    greyhound2 Posts: 844

    The fact that 83% of registered voters did not participate doesn't mean they are apathetic, it means the conditions were set to predetermine an outcome. People who work year round don't have every ten minutes to run to a polling place. The general election in November is only two months away with high perticipation, and passage at that time would indicate legitimate general approval.

  • rexaroni posted at 9:11 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    rexaroni Posts: 190

    idahoguy, the "sheeple" as you call them are the ones who were too lazy or apathetic to bother to vote.

  • CDA_Mom posted at 8:49 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    CDA_Mom Posts: 32

    Thanks to the voters of Coeur d'Alene for taking responsibility for our children's future and education! I am, however, disappointed in the comment that implies this "yes" vote for children implies confidence in our newly-appointed school board members. So far, their actions provoke anything but confidence. At least one of them appeared to actively undermine the bond efforts.

    I believe our schools will continue to succeed due to the hard work of the teachers, parents and staff. Whether this board helps or hinders those efforts is very much up in the air.

  • idahoguy posted at 8:49 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    I am glad not to live in that district. The foolish thinking that when one bond expires and another is asked for it does not cost us anything new. Say what!!!!

    This mentally ill thinking has gotten this country ruined and the sheeple will keep doing it as they run off the cliff.

  • DeNiles posted at 8:47 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Xclnt news! Now we can all look forward to these students excelling academically acuz they'll soon have air conditioned classrooms. In fact they continue to do poorly until the new facilities are constructed and the day after they're finished the kids will do much better. What a relief.

    Now what is next years special school bond issue going to be about?

  • chouli posted at 8:42 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    chouli Posts: 1283

    greyhound, that's their usual plan. the fewer citizens that show up, the better for them.

    I'l like to know WHEN the endless bonds and levies end? When? Every year there is a levy request. When does the school ever get directed to live within their budgets??

    I'm really sick of hearing people gripe about taxes and then be too appethetic to even vote!
    If you can't get off your ars to vote then shut up!
    And why is such a pathetically small number of people voting?

  • cdasfuture posted at 8:39 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    cdasfuture Posts: 123

    It was easy to vote for a levy that would be instituting absolutely no changes to the taxpayers' pockets:
    one levy expired as this levy was voted in to take its place.

    I am hoping the 4 current rulers of the City of Coeur d'Alene will not read this vote incorrectly and they will:

    not hire someone for $65,000 simply to try to make their actions look good--

    not give the 3% payraise to their employees (it will look like a thank you to them after one employee told me he could not sign the recall petition, they were told not to even talk about it. Plus the threat to everyone that they would know who signed. This is America, people!)

    not spend unneeded thousands for a baseball field at Ramsey simply to remove McEuen so the bulldozing/tree removal may begin on their watch...wait until 2014 for the new field that is promised!!

    no new taxes, as promised---save $$$ by doing the above and there will be plenty for a police car and copy machines....

  • tahoerob posted at 8:23 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    tahoerob Posts: 6

    Sorry Tom. In contrast to your pompous claim: the vote passed DESPITE the current board, certainly not because of it. I must agree with rexaroni, lola, et al. The voters support the teachers, students, and future of the community despite the toxic and politically skewed "leadership" of the current board.

  • fishinjay posted at 7:53 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    fishinjay Posts: 8

    Once again the sanity of the (super)majority of CDA's citizens prove what most of us already know: The polls and frequent commenters at the CDA Press in no way, shape or form come anywhere close to reflecting the actual values of our town.

    Now we can return to the daily crazy, conspiracy, and paranoia that typically rules these comment forums...

  • Cody Wiench posted at 7:45 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Cody Wiench Posts: 353

    An off the wall election date? There are only four days permitted by state law. Is our state supposed to come to a grinding hault for elections, or something? And whats to say the 75% who didnt vote would have been against it, anyway?

  • mister d posted at 7:34 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    The vote had nothing to do with the support for the Board as one member suggested. It has all to do with the community supporting the children and the teachers - which hopefully the Board will also do.

  • AsISeeIt posted at 7:23 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    AsISeeIt Posts: 28

    The pasage of this bond shows just how detached all the nay-sayers in the CDA Press blog world and those who take their silly polls are to the vibe of the comunity they live in.

  • wheels1 posted at 7:20 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    wheels1 Posts: 454

    Great job CDA for the kids and community.You should all be proud for your commitment to education and the childrens future.For the continual naysayers and accuracy/authenticity of the Press poll not so much.

  • rexaroni posted at 7:05 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    rexaroni Posts: 190

    Greyhound2, actually 17.97% of voters times 71.64% voting yes means that only 12.87% of the voters actually decided this matter. But it wasn't the school district's fault. 82.03% of the registered voters were too apathetic to vote. If you care enough about the issue either way, you will find a way to vote. I am happy that this passed.

  • lola123 posted at 6:50 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    lola123 Posts: 342

    FYI, The current board had very little to do with the creation of this Bond. This was concieved, designed, planned and executed through hard work behind the scenes of the Long Range Planning Commitee.

    It was actually started in conjuction through their 10 yr plan that was in place long before ANY of the current trustees were in place. For Mr Hamilton to not even mention this committee is absolutely despicable, arrogant, and self-flatulating.

    Thank you to all those on the LRPC for their time and energy and work in the background so the Board of Trustees can slap themselves on the back and take all the credit.

  • lola123 posted at 6:39 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    lola123 Posts: 342

    My faith in the community has been restored.
    Greyhound not included.

  • greyhound2 posted at 6:17 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    greyhound2 Posts: 844

    By scheduling an off-the-wall election date and having voting booths at the schools, the district sucessfully allowed 17% of registered voters to obligate 100% of property owners to higher taxes.

  • Veeeee posted at 6:07 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Veeeee Posts: 412

    I don't know the board very well yet, so my vote for the bond really didn't have anything to do with those kind folks. My vote was exclusively cast for the children, teachers and staff that work in the schools that will receive the upgrades. Hang on! Help is on the way!!! Thank you.

  • voxpop posted at 5:38 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    I'm officially, but pleasantly, shocked. Oo-rah for Cda taxpayers and so much for the Press' poll. Much as I think Hamilton and the current board are hung out far to starboard, in this case any port in a storm. Good for them and good for us.

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