Fredrickson resigns from school board - Coeur d'Alene Press: Political

Fredrickson resigns from school board

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 12:15 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Sid Fredrickson, chair of the Coeur d'Alene school board, resigned Monday during the board's annual organizational meeting. Fredrickson made the announcement following a vote that removed him from any leadership role on the board.

"All of you know that this is my last year on the board. I do not intend to seek re-election in May," Fredrickson said, according to CDATV Channel 19's video recording of Monday's meeting. "To say that I am somewhat dumbfounded by the fact that I feel this is a vote of no confidence on my last year as chair, I am going to resign effective immediately, and pass the gavel to Mr. Hamilton."

The motion that resulted in Fredrickson's removal from the board chair position was made by Trustee Jim Purtee.

Purtee's motion was to move Trustee Tom Hamilton into the role of chair.

The motion passed with a vote of 3-1-1, with trustees Purtee, Terri Seymour and Ann Seddon in favor, and Fredrickson opposed. Hamilton abstained.

The board then voted 4-1 to place Purtee in the vice-chair's position. Fredrickson again cast the lone dissenting vote.

"I really was hoping I could finish out my last year as chair," Fredrickson told The Press. "It just wasn't acceptable."

Fredrickson, the senior board member in his 11th year as a school trustee, had served as chair since February, when a judge nullified then-chair Wanda Quinn's 2011 appointment to the board. Hamilton was elected by the board in February to serve as vice-chair.

Fredrickson, who is the city of Coeur d'Alene's wastewater superintendent, began serving on the school board in 2002, when he was appointed. He was then elected to a three-year term in 2005. In 2008, he was elected to another three-year term, but the 2009 passage of Idaho's election consolidation bill extended Fredrickson's term to five years, until June 30, 2013.

In contrast, the remaining four board members are all relatively new.

"There are some philosophical differences between us, there's no doubt about that," Fredrickson said.

Hamilton and Seymour won their seats by election in May 2011 and just completed their first year serving on the board.

Purtee has been on the board since April, when he was appointed to fill the vacancy left in 2011 by Edie (Brooks) McLachlan.

Seddon was appointed in May to fill a vacancy left by Diane Zipperer, another longtime board member who resigned in April.

Fredrickson said he felt he worked well with Trustee Tom Hamilton, that they agreed on most issues.

"But we've got three other board members. I can't sit here and pretend to know the basic philosophy of the new ones, because I don't, but I'm sure there's going to be some conflict that comes up," Fredrickson said.

The board chair and vice-chair develop the meeting agendas.

"I didn't want to lose that ability. The only course of action that I felt I had was to resign," Fredrickson said.

Hamilton told The Press he is grateful for Fredrickson's years of service, and Fredrickson's willingness to mentor him.

"From day one, Sid extended a welcoming hand, and helped me get my feet under me as a new board member," Hamilton said.

Hamilton said he didn't see "vast philosophical differences" between himself and Fredrickson.

"I would have liked to have seen him finish his term, but I understand he has his reasons for doing this," Hamilton said.

Fredrickson is aware there are those who are critical of him for not sticking it out for the final year of his term.

"If you don't like who's being elected, get out and vote," Fredrickson said, pointing to the low turnout of 21 percent of the county's registered voters in May's primary election.

"That's shameful," Fredrickson said.

The board is expected to officially accept Fredrickson's resignation during their next scheduled meeting on July 23 at 5 p.m. at the Midtown Center. At that meeting the board will consider the next steps necessary to declare a vacancy and develop a process to appoint a successor to fill the remainder of Fredrickson's term through June 2013.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Welcome to the discussion.


  • Avy posted at 7:25 am on Tue, Oct 16, 2012.

    Avy Posts: 17

    Excellent post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Very helpful information specifically the last part :) I care for such info a lot. I was seeking this particular info for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

    Office Cubicles

  • 1inIdaho posted at 1:55 pm on Mon, Jul 16, 2012.

    1inIdaho Posts: 251

    It is sad and unfortunate, for the children of SD271 and their parents, that Mr. Frederickson felt compelled to resign.
    But I guess there comes a time for all of us, when the pain and frustration of repeatedly beating our head against a wall becomes too much to bear.
    I've lived here for the past 2 decades, and have had 2 children graduate from local publich high schools. I have 2 more still in middle school. The quality of edcuation, here, was part of what drew us to the area. Sadly, while I have great admiration for many teachers and administrators in our district, and confidence in their ability to have a positive impact on students; I am troubled by the now-complete domination of our school board of trustees by new, inexperienced members who all seem to have come to their position with little respect for the difficulty of the job. I do not get a good sense that they will be able to lead our distrcit as effectively as the trustees of the past 20 years... without kowtowing to conservative political interests that are most-often at-odds with the people on the front lines of delivering education in our schools.

  • parent posted at 7:32 am on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    parent Posts: 347

    This was posted yesterday on Huckleberries by…

    lovetohateme on School Board Now In Partisan Hands on July 10 at 8:48 p.m.
    ( and I agree with this thought)

    It’s funny that the school board is being called “partisan” now. Just because some of the people sitting on it were endorsed in their election by one group or another….

    Look at this past school board race. Gregory Rod was endorsed by the Lake City Employees Association, Coeur d’Alene Education Association, Coeur d’Alene Police Association and Coeur d’Alene Firefighters. Just because those groups tend to endorse the more liberal and union-supporting candidates, does that make the race partisan? Or was it only the KCRR that made it partisan?

    What about when recommended Christie Wood and Ken Howard in their candidates section during the 2010 race? Was that partisan? Or were only the KCRR endorsements partisan?

    I’m dying to know if it’s just groups with “Republican” in their names like the KCRR that can make non-partisan candidate endorsements partisan.

  • parent posted at 7:15 am on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    parent Posts: 347

    This is so sad!

    It's really too bad that these board members do not finish out their terms. It takes too much time to find and replace these positions and it leaves the district in an unnecessary bind.

    I would like to say that over the years Mr. Fredrickson has received many complements for his dedication to the board. Thank you Mr. Fredrickson for faithfully serving this district for so many years.

    I also would like to say that I believe it needs to be for the kids and not the position. If you are the only one with a differing opinion then you need to hold onto your position and not give it up so easily. This board needs to have differing views, that is an important part of a board member. Sorry you chose to let your position go.

  • voxpop posted at 5:57 am on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    It is obvious that this guy has an ego far larger than his worth to the board. Service on the board is given freely but the focus should be the kids, not who gets to call themselves chairman. That being said I think it will soon become apparent that political philosophies will rule this board and they care no more about our kids than Fredrickson.

  • local res posted at 3:25 am on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1164

    What whiner was it ever about the kids? sid can you do your current job? Are you a control freak there also? If you dont get your way there will you quit and take all your marbles and leave?

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Not you?||
Logout|My Dashboard