Light shines on controversial contract

The Coeur d’Alene School District’s website includes a database of employment contracts for personnel ranging from administrators to teachers.

But when the contract of former Superintendent Matt Handelman was recently updated to include stipulations on his resignation and two months of consulting work, district officials determined the information was not for public consumption.

From the Coeur d’Alene Press

Principal repays school credit card charges, announces retirement; public records reveal details

Aaron Maybon, Mountain View High School principal, has voluntarily repaid the school district $1,954.68 after auditors raised questions about some purchases he made in the past 10 months on his district-supplied credit card.

Among the items in question: National Football League tickets to a Baltimore Ravens game attended by five staff members in November, purchase of admission to Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City in September and $200 in lodging at a Holiday Inn Express in Salt Lake City at the end of a school trip, district officials say.

From the Idaho Statesman


Rep. Vito Barbieri didn’t want to talk about his plan to change Idaho’s public records law to shield most state lawmakers’ communications from public disclosure.

Ironically, it took a public records request for the Dalton Gardens Republican’s email messages to find out what he was thinking when he proposed this legislation.

From the Coeur d’Alene Press

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