COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — In their final regular meeting before a hearing on the college's accreditation status, the North Idaho College Board of Trustees approved a $53 million budget for fiscal year 2024.
But, board members shouted over each other and could not agree on a new college attorney.
President Nick Swayne, trustee Brad Corkill and trustee Tarie Zimmerman were all in favor of a Spokane law firm with decades of experience, and which currently represents roughly 100 K-12 schools.
Trustee Mike Waggoner pushed back, saying he wanted references. Trustee Todd Banducci said he wants the lawyer to be from Idaho. Both trustees are interested in Colton Boyles, a lawyer who has represented far-right figures, including former Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who recently lost a public records lawsuit.
"No disrespect to Colton Boyles, I don't even know the guy," Corkill said. "But, I looked at his resume. He doesn't have any experience in this. None. None at all."
Board members could hold a special meeting to discuss legal representation. A decision on the college's accreditation status is expected to come this July.
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