North Idaho College
On Thursday, lawmakers asked some no-nonsense questions about a college that receives $14.8 million in state funding. But there’s only so much legislators can really do.
The 2020 election thrust the Coeur d’Alene-based community college into turmoil. Now, two competing slates of candidates are vying for three crucial seats on the board of trustees.
The five finalists, all from outside Idaho, will begin touring the Coeur d’Alene campus this week, meeting with constituent groups and holding public forums.
‘North Idaho College is in trouble, and that’s why we’re all here:’ Applicants interview for board vacancies
The State Board of Education plans to appoint and swear in three new trustees Friday — moves that could shift the balance of power at the embattled Coeur d’Alene community college.
The State Board of Education plans to fill three vacancies on the North Idaho College board Friday. On Monday, NIC’s two remaining trustees dropped their legal challenge to the State Board process.
The long list contains some familiar names, including three former legislators and a former trustee candidate who lost in the 2020 election.
Board chairman Todd Banducci led the charge to fire North Idaho College’s president, and promote its wrestling coach as an interim successor. In a January 2021 email, Banducci railed about a liberal “deep state” at NIC.