Divided Caldwell board stays with ISBA

After lengthy and contentious debate, a divided Caldwell School Board voted to spend $10,000 to retain its membership with the Idaho School Boards Association.

Monday night’s debate took on definite political overtones, reports Kelcie Moseley of the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Several teachers urged the School Board to rescind the membership — pointing out that the ISBA endorsed Proposition 1, the Students Come First law that rewrote the schools’ collective bargaining process. Voters rejected Prop 1 in November; in 2013, but ISBA convinced the Legislature to pass several bills restoring elements of Prop 1.

“As I look at the cost-to-benefit ratio of membership, I don’t see the benefits the cost allegedly buys,” Caldwell teacher Travis Manning said, according to the Press-Tribune. “You could give this money to the district (Tuesday) and see a difference by Wednesday.”

School Board member Leif Skyving led the push to rescind the ISBA membership; Skving, like Manning, has run for the Legislature on the Democratic ticket. Skyving’s appeal to rescind membership drew a terse reaction from board Chairman Charles Stout. “That was quite the speech, what are you campaigning for now?”

After the wrangling, the board voted 3-2 to remain aligned with ISBA.

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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