Coeur d'Alene Public Schools, Idaho

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Coeur d'Alene Public Schools
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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District Profile
Superintendent:Matthew Handelman
Number of schools:20
Budget: $65.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Chista Hazel
Board members:5
Term length:4
Coeur d'Alene Public Schools is a school district in Idaho that served 10,673 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] This district is the fifth-largest by enrollment in the state of Idaho.

About the district

Coeur d'Alene Public Schools is located in Kootenai County, Idaho
Coeur d'Alene Public Schools is located in north-west Idaho in Kootenai County. The county seat of Kootenai County is Coeur d'Alene. Kootenai County is home to 144,265 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2]


Kootenai County underperformed compared to the rest of Idaho in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.3 percent of Kootenai County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 25.1 percent for Idaho as a whole. The median household income in Kootenai County was $49,002 compared to $46,767 or the state of Idaho. The poverty rate in Kootenai County was 13.4 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race Kootenai County (%) Idaho (%)
White 94.9 93.7
Black or African American 0.4 0.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.7
Asian 0.9 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 2.3 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 1.2 11.8

Presidential Voting Pattern, Kootenai County[3]
Year Republican Vote Democratic Vote
2012 39,381 18,851
2008 38,387 22,120
2004 36,173 17,584
2000 28,162 13,488

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]


The superintendent of Coeur d'Alene Public Schools is Matthew Handelman. First coming to the district as associate superintendent in the summer of 2010, Handelman also served as elementary and curriculum director for the district before he was named interim superintendent in May 2013 and became permanent superintendent in November 2013. He earned his bachelor's degree in anthropology from Amherst College in 1988 and his principal certificate from the University of Washington in 1996.[6][7]

School board

Coeur d'Alene schools are overseen by a five-member board elected to four-year terms.[8]

Coeur d'Alene Board of Trustees
Member Zone Assumed Office Term Ends
Chista Hazel 1 May 2013 2017
Tom Hamilton 2 May 2011 2015
Terri Seymour 3 May 2011 2015
Dave Eubanks 4 May 2013 2017
Tom Hearn 5 May 2013 2017

School board elections

Members of the Coeur d'Alene Board of Trustees are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held every odd-numbered year. Two seats are up for election in 2015 and three seats are up for election in 2017.

Public participation in board meetings

The Coeur d'Alene Board of Trustees maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

Public Participation in Board Meeting


Any complaint about the District, including instruction, discipline, district personnel policy, procedure or curriculum, should be referred through proper administrative channels before it is presented to the board for consideration and action. All complaints should be resolved through proper channels in the following order:

1. Teacher or Staff
2. Principal or Supervisor
3. Director or Administrator
4. Superintendent
5. Board of Trustees

Please also see District Policy regarding public complaints.

Public Comment—Inclusion on Board Agenda
Persons wishing to address the Board will be required to submit a “REQUEST TO APPEAR BEFORE THE BOARD” form to the Superintendent’s office at least seven (7) days prior to the scheduled Board meeting to allow sufficient time for the matter to be considered for inclusion on the agenda.

Public Comment at Board Meetings
Each speaker will be limited to three (3) minutes. All speakers will be allowed to speak at least once before a speaker is allowed to address the board a second time. Public comment may be taken from the public on matters scheduled on the agenda. Should a large number of the public wish to speak on the same issue or topic, members of the public are encouraged to select a representative(s) to summarize their position. Additionally, the Board Clerk may accept written comments for distribution to the Board. The Board may decline to hear any matter at its discretion.

Written materials for Board Members must be submitted to the Clerk. The written material must include the name, address and telephone number of the person submitting it. A copy of the materials that meet these requirements will be forwarded to Board Members if received at least seven (7) days prior to the scheduled Board meeting. Materials should not be sent directly to Board Members. Materials may be presented or mailed to the Clerk at 1400 N. Northwood Center Ct., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.

If a topic is being considered by a committee established for that purpose, the Board may refer the public comment to that committee.

Because of the diversity of issues, members of the Board will not respond to public comment. Instead, issues may be recorded and referred to the proper staff person for follow-up. The Chair may interrupt or terminate an individual’s statement when it is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, repetitive, or irrelevant. The Board of Trustees as a whole shall have the final decision in determining the appropriateness of all such rulings.

Nothing in this policy shall prohibit the removal of any person who willfully disrupts a meeting to the extent that orderly conduct is seriously compromised. Defamatory or abusive remarks are always out of order. The Chair may terminate the speaker’s privilege of address if, after being called to order, the speaker persists in improper conduct or remarks.

If a special meeting has been held to obtain public comment on a specific issue, the Chair of the Board may not recognize speakers wishing to comment on the same topic at a regular meeting of the Board.[9]

—Coeur d'Alene Public Schools website, (2014)[10]


The table below displays the budget for Coeur d'Alene Public Schools.[11][12][13]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $57,798,229 68.9% $4,950,652 5.9% $7,598,849 9.1% $1,708,431 2% $11,845,415 14.1% $83,899,576
2012-2013 $57,707,172 73.2% $4,580,417 5.8% $7,545,570 9.6% $219,300 0.3% $8,825,820 11.2% $78,878,379
2013-2014 $55,407,861 81.7% $4,874,271 7.2% $3,362,337 5% $0.00 0% $4,165,974 6.1% $67,810,443
2014-2015 $54,412,757 83.7% $4,636,924 7.1% $1,792,462 2.8% $0.00 0% $4,146,518 6.4% $64,988,661
Averages: $56,331,504.75 76% $4,760,566 6% $5,074,804.5 7% $481,932.75 1% $7,245,931.75 10% $73,894,264.75

Contact information

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Coeur d'Alene Public Schools
1400 North Northwood Center Court
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Phone: (208) 664-8241
Fax: (208) 664-1748

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