Dem Club: Education in the Spotlight

Spotlight on Education

In recognition of the recent School Levy and Bond elections, the Dem Club is putting education in the spotlight. Jeff Voeller, the Director of Operations for the Coeur d’Alene School District, is our guest speaker. He will be joined by Jerry Anderson who is Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee. We will also be celebrating the universal approval of our area School Levy and Bond requests. Now that this funding is secured, the question becomes where our school district and our community goes from here. There seems to be no end to Kootenai County’s population growth. Consequently, managing school infrastructure and class size are paramount concerns. This extremely relevant and timely topic effects us all, whether or not you have children in our school system.

As the Director of Operations for the Coeur d’Alene School District, Jeff Voeller oversees facilities and maintenance. He is also responsible for transportation, nutrition services, School Plus (before and after school care program), and bond and levy projects.

After 17 years in the area, Jeff considers Coeur d’Alene his home. Born in Seattle, he graduated from Western Washington University. His diverse career emphasized leadership and management. Upon graduation, he served as Operations Manager for a wilderness program and led high school and college aged youth on wilderness mountaineering and sea kayaking expeditions. While working for this non-profit, he acquired construction skills by working alongside the contractors who maintained the facilities. This experience led Voeller into a career in construction. He started out as a project manager for a residential builder but left during the 2008 construction decline. He then became a regional manager for a construction supply company. His strong construction and leadership background ultimately led him to the Coeur d’Alene School District. He joined the district in August, 2018.

Education and community involvement are of utmost importance for Jeff and his family.  Jeff is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Sunrise Rotary, has served on the board of the North Idaho Building Contractors Association, and is currently on the NIC carpentry program advisory council.

Jeff and his wife Amy have 2 boys in the Coeur d’Alene School District,  4th and 7th grade. When not advocating for education, Jeff and his family can be found playing on Hayden Lake or exploring the mountains of North Idaho.

Don’t miss this Friday at the Democratic Club where learning and understanding bring us together to help build a better community.
Note:  Just a reminder for members to send a letter of nomination for the Art Manley Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star Awards, due by April 1. Send your full letter of nomination to Paula  at neilspaula2@gmail.com.