CDA superintendent leaves for job in Washington state

The head of the Coeur d’Alene School District is leaving the district, and the state.

Matthew Handelman

Matthew Handelman will step down as superintendent at the end of the month, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported Friday. Handelman will remain with the district in a consulting role through the June 30 end of the budget year, then assume a job with Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Wash.

In a message to staff Friday, published by the Spokesman-Review, Handelman said, “I am proud of the many accomplishments of the Coeur d’Alene School District during my tenure, including most recently passing the largest construction bond in our history, for the first time running and passing a bond and maintenance and operations levy concurrently, planning for flat tax rates now and into the future – all with near-record support from the community.”

Handelman has been Coeur d’Alene’s superintendent since 2013.

Secondary education director Trina Caudle will serve as interim superintendent while trustees search for a permanent successor, the Spokesman-Review reported.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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