A 2020 trustees’ election threw North Idaho College into turmoil. Could the same thing happen at the College of Western Idaho?
April Baylon-Mendoza’s resigned Monday, four months after she was elected to the board. On Friday, she called out two Treasure Valley legislators in a Facebook post, drawing criticism from Ada County Republicans.
The five-member College of Western Idaho board will be comprised entirely of women, and three trustees are persons of color.
During 13 years as a trustee, Mark Dunham has overseen rapid enrollment growth at CWI — and overcome personal health challenges to remain on the board. He is endorsing a candidate in the November election: retiring state Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb.
Despite an infusion of $7 million in one-time money, some 1,200 eligible students still didn’t get a share of Opportunity Scholarship money. Meanwhile, the fast-growing College of Western Idaho is poised for another big enrollment surge.
The sticker prices run from $15 million to $35 million. And the $35 million plan would require voter approval — which has proven to be elusive.
The decision comes barely a month after the head of the College of Western Idaho’s faculty Senate said the body had no confidence in Bert Glandon’s leadership.
“More and more our college feels like it is moving towards a public ‘for-profit’ institution,” associate professor Stephanie Ritchie Breach said in a letter she read before CWI trustees Tuesday.
College officials could take another run at the health science building proposal in May.
The $39 million proposal fell 144 votes shy of passage, out of nearly 232,000 votes cast.