Smith hopes to retain CDA school board seat


Rebecca Smith has announced her campaign for School Board Trustee Zone 5. She has held the seat since November 2019 after a unanimous appointment to the board.

Smith is Vice-Chair of the Board and is in her second year of working with the Long Range Planning Committee.

“I believe that quality public education has a lifelong and generational impact on the lives of children, families and communities,” Smith said in a press release.

During his tenure on the board, Smith advocated for the expansion of full-time kindergarten, supported the completion of the district’s strategic plan, facilitated the adjustment of school attendance zones, and promoted the adoption of the successful school tax from 2021.

She is currently Associate Director of Lutherhaven Ministries, a local non-profit youth and family camp and retreat center.

Smith has over 20 years of leadership experience in youth and family program development, retreat and event planning, and outdoor education. She said she is especially proud to have established the Lutherhaven partnership with SD 271 in 1998 to ensure the continuation of the Trail Creek programs for grade 6 students.

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in outdoor recreation management and leadership from Western Washington University.

“As I walk through our schools, I see our students surrounded by exceptional educators determined to continually raise the bar of excellence for Coeur d’Alene public schools,” she said. “And despite the adversity we continue to navigate, I see a bright future for our district reflecting the tremendous heart, passion and commitment to leadership students and staff. I want to be a part of listening, learning, and helping lead our district in the pursuit of educational excellence and preparing 21st century graduates.

Smith and her husband, Stephen, have lived in Coeur d’Alene for 23 years and are the parents of three children: Sam, Lucy and Mercy who are all enrolled in the Coeur d’Alene School District. Smith is a product of the public school system and the daughter and granddaughter of public school teachers.


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