State Board spells out timetable to replace NIC trustees

North Idaho College’s dysfunctional board of trustees could have three new members by May 6.

The State Board of Education laid out its timetable for filling the three vacancies on the Coeur d’Alene-based community college’s governing board.

  • Applicants must turn in a letter of interest and a resume by 4 p.m. Pacific Time on April 25. Applicants must also submit their physical address, and identify the trustee zone they’d like to represent. The email address is [email protected].
  • An ad hoc committee of three State Board members will review the applications and name finalists. The committee will interview finalists on the NIC campus on May 5; those interviews will be open to the public.
  • The full State Board will meet at NIC on May 6 to select the three new trustees.

In the wake of a series of resignations, the State Board will fill the majority of seats on the NIC board.

The board will replace Michael Barnes, who resigned in January amidst questions about his residency. The board also will replace Christie Wood and Ken Howard, who last week submitted their resignations, effective May 3.

The rash of resignations will leave the board with only two sitting trustees: embattled Chairman Todd Banducci and Greg McKenzie, a Banducci ally.

The three State Board appointees will serve until the November election.

On Tuesday, Banducci went on his Facebook page to criticize the State Board’s timetable.

“They are moving at lightning speed to cram it down our throats!!” he wrote. “They are trying to take it out of the hands of the voters. Pushing through their agenda via bureaucratic fiat.”

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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