C1 My turn: The school district deserves its due

I am writing this letter as someone concerned about the future of our Coeur d’Alene schools. I love the story and here are some of mine.

I have lived in Coeur d’Alene for 58 years. My sister Kathy and I walked from our house in 2e and Miller, along the railroad tracks, to Roosevelt School. Ms. Olin was my first grade teacher and she taught me to write and love to learn. My 4th grade teacher, Ms. Hanson, taught me my love of history.

I had a lot of great teachers. Curt Denny, Bob Reiswig, Jim and Sandy Kravik and Barbara Everson, to name a few. People who have shaped my life and for whom I am very grateful.

My wife Marie is a graduate of Coeur d’Alene High and remembers Judy Drake as a very positive influence on her life. Our four children, Benjamin, Matthew, Kaity and Kasey, are all students of the K-12 Coeur d’Alene School District. They had exceptional principals, teachers, coaches and counselors who assisted them in their educational journey.

Today our school district has excellent teachers who positively influence the lives of thousands of children. They work hard to educate our students and prepare them for their future. From 5 to 18 years old, they help our children to grow and prosper. For the most part, they do their job without fanfare or recognition. We, as a community, are grateful.

Our teachers need our support. They receive professional support from the school administration and the school board. This race for school boards is crucial.

We have two types of candidates for the School Board. The first type of candidate recently moved to northern Idaho and wants to tell us what the values ​​of northern Idaho are. They are throwing buzzwords like critical race theory, indoctrination and Marxism. Scary tactics and words used to try to convince voters that they know what’s best for our children.

Do you know what I call it? Malarkey! It’s a funny word I learned as a student in School District 271. Definition: crazy talk, nonsense.

The same candidates who say this awkwardness are also those who vote against our school tax. The Coeur d’Alene school district has long supported our teachers and students by passing reasonable school fees. Apparently, this type of candidate is suitable for hard-working teachers who are pulling money out of their pockets to pay for school supplies.

The second type of candidate works in the best interests of our schools. Those who have been there, who have worked in schools, with neighborhood children, who have served in different ways in good times and in difficult times.

Please support our students and teachers by supporting these school board candidates who truly care about our community. Candidates who have the best interests of our students at heart.

Candidates who have the values ​​of northern Idaho that I have seen over the past 58 years. We don’t need strangers to tell us what the values ​​of northern Idaho are:

Values ​​that show that we care about everyone and that we will work to improve education in a caring and reasonable way.

Values ​​that include if we have disagreements, we work together to find solutions without abuse and without knocking on doors.

Values ​​that know that we can always be better and that we continually strive to improve education.

Values ​​which know that our children are the most precious people in our community.

These are the values ​​we want within our school board. It is these honorable people who deserve our vote.


Steve widmyer

Steve Widmyer is Mayor of Coeur d’Alene.

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