December 2017 Newsletter


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Number 16! That will be the number of the next person to serve as the superintendent of Coeur d’Alene School District #271 since 1930! Amazingly, our next superintendent, to be chosen in February, 2018, will be the sixth since 1997!
On July 1st, 2017 Dr. Stan Olson assumed the role of the “interim” superintendent until a permanent replacement is hired. Dr. Olson has extensive experience in the education arena, serving many years as the superintendent of the Boise School district. We are very lucky to have an educator of this caliber guiding us through this school year in preparation for new leadership in 2018/2019.
On June 5, 2017, MacPherson and Jacobsen, L.L.C. was chosen to lead the national search. On October 3, 2017 they met with the Coeur d’Alene School Board to establish the selection criteria and qualifications for superintendent candidates. Applications are due by January 4, 2018.  
The process to find a new Coeur d’Alene Public Schools superintendent is an open and transparent one. The Board of Trustees is seeking input from parents, students, teachers, administrators, community members, business leaders and other stakeholders about the traits most desired in a new district leader.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Please visit the Coeur d’Alene School District web site at  Click on “Our District” and then go to “Superintendent Search”. You can have a voice in the national search for our next superintendent. The Board of Trustees wants to hear from the community on the issues and the characteristics most important to consider in this important decision. Get involved…let your voice be heard!!

There are community forums on January 29, 30, & 31st from 5-6pm at the CDA Public Library.

4th Annual Disco Inferno/80s Dance Explosion

In October, the Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership (CEP) held its fourth annual 80s Dance Explosion / Disco Inferno fundraising event. The evening honored our Coeur d'Alene public school libraries. It was a fun-filled night of 80's costumes and dancing, and because of the generous support of our community, CEP is able to give over $1,400 to each of the Coeur d’Alene School District’s 17 libraries, a total of $24,000. Over the past four years, CEP has raised a total of $90,000 for the libraries.

The evening would not have been possible without the generous support of many community members, including: Lancaster Market, The Coeur d’Alene Tribe, CDA Art Auction, Macy’s, Avista, Hawley Troxell, Michael Nail CPA, Accent Floors, American Family – Miranda Hamilton, Bank CDA, Cultivation LLC, HomeStreet Bank, ICCU, Little Caesars of Hayden, Murray Group, NCCE, Overhead Door Inc., Our Town CDA, P1FCU, Paddy’s, Parkwood, PayneWest, Perfection Tire, White Pine Wealth Management, CDA Cellars, Syringa & Blue Bird Cafe, Centennial Distribution, Ideal Family Dentistry, Jeda Media Group, and Cosmic Cowboy.

CEP is honored to acknowledge the valuable role our public school librarians play in our local schools.

See all the Dance Explosion Photos Here!

Steve Blee receives his award at Ramsey Magnet School of Science

Invest Inspire Innovate Awards Fall 2017

Ramsey Magnet School of Science pick is Steve Blee: 
Mr. Blee is a dedicated teacher who always puts what's best for kids in the forefront of his mind. He is always thinking of ways he can make his classroom an even stronger community for his learners to take risks and grow as thinkers. His energy for learning is infectious in his classroom and among the staff.
Hayden Meadows pick is Jason Peebles:
 Jason is a teacher who builds a positive and loving culture in his classroom. Students will do anything for him. Jason is also a leader on our staff. He takes new teachers under his wing and mentors them in a positive way. He is a leader in technology in our building and helps administration by being on the Leadership Team. Jason is willing to help anyone at anytime. He is flexible and giving.
Atlas pick is Linda Harris, the school's ALP (accelerated learning program) teacher:
She inspires kids to think big in her classroom each day by providing engaging hands-on lessons with robotics and the use of technology.  She works diligently with staff at the beginning of each year to present multiple grant s to the Excel Foundation.  This year, our grants totaled $25,507.39.  We received every single grant that she helped write!  Amazing giver to staff and students!

Committee Members/Volunteers Needed!

  • Volunteers needed for next year's big fundraiser: Disco Inferno - 80s Explosion! Coeur d'Alene Partnership is looking for dynamic volunteers to participate with our Fall 2018 fundraiser. We are looking for help in décor, fundraising and sponsorship!
  • We have an ongoing need for volunteers to assist with a variety of committee work: advocacy, communications, fundraising, marketing, outreach, program development, and events. The CEP would love your help!

AmazonSmile and CEP

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite non-profit organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite non-profit organization.

Visit, select Coeur d’Alene Education Partnership as the recipient organization, and start shopping! Remember only purchases generated at, generate donations! Thank you for your support of CEP!


Thank You for Your Support!

CEP works hard all year to inform, unite, and advocate for excellence in our public schools. To make these events spectacular, CEP relies on donations, such as yours. Consider donating to CEP today! Contact Lexi Witherwax at with your financial contribution.
The Coeur d’Alene Education Partnership is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and contributions may be tax deductible.

  • PTO Alliance Meeting, January 4th
  • Coeur d'Alene School Board Meeting, January 8th
  • Superintendent Search Community Forums, January 29, 30, & 31 (5-6pm, CDA Public Library)
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  • PTO Alliance Meeting, February 1st
  • Coeur d'Alene School Board Meeting, February 5th
  • State of the District, TBD
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Nancy Hart, CEP President

A note
from our President


Hello CEP friends!

We trust the start of the 2017 / 2018 school year has been a positive one for you. As we near the end of 2017, we want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a holiday season filled with togetherness and joy.

As I’ve stepped into the CEP presidency role this summer, I have been amazed at just how hard our board members continually work to unite our community members, business leaders, students, and educators in support of excellence in our public schools. Our board members regularly meet with district administration and educators to keep our fingers on the pulse of the needs of the district so as to inform you, our community, of those needs. Current issues facing the Coeur d’Alene District include: locating affordable land for the new elementary school in the northwest sector of the district; digesting and understanding student test scores and performance; defining, interviewing, and hiring a new, permanent superintendent; reviewing math curriculum; and attracting and retaining quality teachers, among others.

CEP was thrilled to party with many of you to 80’s music this October where we successfully raised enough funds to give $1,400 to each of the 17 libraries in the Coeur d’Alene Schools. We are so grateful for the generous support of our community toward this great cause! Considering our school libraries receive little to no funding from the state or the district, CEP finds it a privilege to help fill a need that benefits every student in the district!

In this newsletter, you will learn more about our teacher appreciation program, currently underway in our elementary schools. We are proud to partner with School District 271 to recognize outstanding teachers.

Look for information in this issue on the upcoming forums scheduled January 29, 30, and 31 for the public to meet and ask questions of the superintendent candidates. Plan to come and be informed on each candidate’s qualifications, ask questions, and provide input to the Superintendent Search Committee.

Please visit our website at to learn more about CEP, our programs, and the many opportunities there are for you to get involved in our organization and support our students.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year! We look forward to seeing you at some of our upcoming 2018 events!

Amy Voeller, President

CEP Board Development

We are excited to announce the newest additions to our board: Steve Casey, Outreach Chair; Traci Hanks, Secretary; Hannah Tagliaferro, Strategic Planning Chair; and Kirsten Pomerantz, Communications Chair. Their support is invaluable, and we look forward to an energetic year with these creative and enterprising board members.
Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership is also looking fill openings on the board of directors!

Board Openings:
  • Advisory
  • Advocacy Chair
  • Events Chair (coming summer of 2018)
If you are interested in serving as a board member or a volunteer, please contact CEP President Amy Voeller ( or Board Development Chair Paula Marano ( find out more!

If you are not able to participate on one of our committees, please consider a membership with CEP. To learn more, visit our website at or look for us on Facebook at: We value your partnership as we continue to ensure that every student in our district can obtain a public education of the highest quality.
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