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West Bonner school leaders ousted by convincing margin
September 1, 2023 1 a.m.

West Bonner school leaders ousted by convincing margin

The terms of two West Bonner school board leaders have ended. Chair Keith Rutledge and vice chair Susan Brown were recalled in Tuesday’s special election. EdNews was unable to reach either trustee for comment after the election.

Voters recall WBCSD trustees
August 30, 2023 1 a.m.

Voters recall WBCSD trustees

Voters have successfully recalled West Bonner County School District trustees Keith Rutledge and Susan Brown.

Early voting underway in recall
August 24, 2023 1 a.m.

Early voting underway in recall

Ballots for an upcoming recall election of two West Bonner County School District trustees are already beginning to come in.

West Bonner recall organizers say trustees have a ‘hidden agenda’
July 25, 2023 1 a.m.

West Bonner recall organizers say trustees have a ‘hidden agenda’

The recall election ballots are as divisive as recent West Bonner school board meetings, where patrons have hurled accusations and insults. Keith Rutledge doesn’t respect the rights and opinions of his constituents and has a “hidden agenda,” according to the ballot language argument for recalling the board’s chairman. Meanwhile, Rutledge suggests his conservative ideology will produce better outcomes for children and will toss out any “critical theory curriculum.”

Pair: Recall about politics, not kids
July 14, 2023 1 a.m.

Pair: Recall about politics, not kids

An upcoming recall is a partisan attempt to oust conservative politicians from office, according to pair of West Bonner County School District board trustees. The comments are part of written rebuttals submitted to the county clerk's office by WBCSD board chairman Keith Rutledge and vice chair Susan Brown as they prepare for an Aug. 29 recall election. Residents in western Bonner County launched the recall drive in mid-June, following increasingly contentious board meetings after the board mulled selling Priest River Middle School and Branden Durst, a former policy analyst with the Idaho Freedom Foundation, was announced as a superintendent finalist.

Rutledge, Brown to fight recall
July 8, 2023 1 a.m.

Rutledge, Brown to fight recall

Two West Bonner County School District board trustees have opted to fight a recall campaign launched against them last month. Board chairman Keith Rutledge and board vice chair Susan Brown both indicated they would not be stepping down, Bonner County Clerk Michael Rosedale said.

West Bonner trustee recall moves forward
July 1, 2023 1 a.m.

West Bonner trustee recall moves forward

A campaign to recall a pair of West Bonner County School District board trustees will move forward. Enough valid signatures were collected by campaign organizers to get a recall on a ballot Aug. 29.