Olson named interim superintendent in Coeur d’Alene

Former Boise schools leader Stan Olson will take a short-term superintendent’s job in Coeur d’Alene.

Trustees hired Olson as the district’s interim superintendent Monday. He will begin work on July 1, and his $133,000 contract will run through June 30, 2018.

Stan Olson

“I plan to bring my learning experiences from 42 years of serving students, educators and families around the country to support the continuous improvement educational model that has been so successfully operating here,” Olson said in a news release.

Olson has 12 years’ experience as superintendent, including eight years in Boise. In 2006, during his time at the helm, the Boise district passed a $94 million bond issue to replace and renovate aging buildings.

“Dr. Olson stood out to us based on his wealth of knowledge and experience in public school administration,” trustee Casey Morrisroe said in a news release. “He’s the right choice during this time of transition for our school district.”

After leaving the Boise district, Olson joined Boise-based Silverback Learning Solutions, an education software vendor. He will leave his position as Silverback’s director of business development, according to the district’s news release.

Olson will lead the Coeur d’Alene district while trustees recruit a long-term superintendent. As interim superintendent, Olson will not be allowed to apply for the permanent post.

Former Coeur d’Alene Superintendent Matthew Handelman stepped down in April for an administrative job with Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Wash.

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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