Meet the Superintendent

Shawn Woodward


Lake Pend Oreille School District

Vision 2023


The Lake Pend Oreille School District is in the process of developing a 5-year strategic plan. Ultimately, the plan will articulate priorities, initiatives, and actions that will help achieve the district's vision of ensuring high levels of learning for ALL students.  Prior to developing the plan for the future, the school district wants input from the community to help establish these priorities moving forward. Once the school district has received feedback and input, a steering committee will review the information and determine the top 5-6 district priorities, along with goals for each. Once that is finished, a draft will be brought back to the community for further input. Finally, the draft will go to the school board for their approval. Once the priority list is approved, the steering committee will begin development of action plans for each priority area. This work is slated to be completed by June 30, 2018.

Please check back for a survey link, along with dates of Stakeholder Engagement Meetings.




Shawn M. Woodward


Lake Pend Oreille School District

Safety & Security

posted May 31, 2018, 9:47 AM by Kelly Fisher

Dear Community Members, 

During the last several years the Lake Pend Oreille School District has made great strides in the area of staff and student safety. We are committed to keeping our school communities safe. For this reason, we are always striving to improve in this area. Below are some of the things we have implemented over the last several years: 

·       Safety and Security Teams: Each of our buildings has an active safety and security team. The teams are tasked with discussing improvements that can be made to keep our schools safe. They discuss strength areas, as well as areas of concern.

·       Standard Response Protocol: All schools have a crisis plan that is specific to their school to keep students and staff members safe while addressing a threat in or outside of a building. We have implemented a standard response protocol for lockdowns, lockouts and evacuations. Staff and students practice these protocols at each of our buildings.

·       Breaking the Code of Silence: Staff, students and parents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity in or outside of the school building, including suspicious activity on social media. We have worked hard at all levels on this via our Connections and Sources of Strength programs at the secondary level and our Second Step Social-Emotional Learning curriculum at the elementary level.

·       Threat Assessments: If there are concerning actions by a student, our schools can request a threat assessment to determine the level of threat an individual may pose to themselves or to others. We utilize outside agencies to conduct these assessments.

·       Beacon Alert Systems: Over the last several years we have used funding from the Idaho Safe and Drug Free Schools Grant to install beacon alert systems in our schools. Blue beacons go off in the event of a lockdown. This signifies to staff and students not within earshot of our intercom system that a lockdown is occurring.

·       Safety and Security Audits: Over the past two years all of our schools have had safety and security audits conducted by an outside agency. These visits have been unannounced and have culminated in a report on things we are doing well, as well as improvement suggestions.

·       Single Points of Entry: Most of our schools have moved to a single point of entry, so all traffic must flow through the front doors. Our goal is to have single points of entry in all schools within the next few weeks. For those schools that have limited sight of the front doors from the office, video cameras have been installed to monitor who is coming in and out of the schools.

·       School Resource Officer: Sandpoint High School has a dedicated school resource officer and a security guard staffed at the school.

·       Mental Health Support: We have made great strides over the years in this area. We have brought back elementary counselor positions and we also contract out with licensed professional counselors. We are the first district in Idaho to also offer “school clinics” in our schools. This is where outside agencies can provide consistent therapeutic sessions to students in need.

We will continue to make every effort to keep our students safe. We will also continue to work closely with local law enforcement agencies. As a community, it is important that we build positive relationships with each other and share information and concerns with the proper authorities. If you have a concern, please share it with our school staff or law enforcement. We will take all reports under careful consideration and take appropriate action.


posted Mar 23, 2017, 8:28 AM by Kelly Fisher

Dear Community Members,


It is with gratitude and appreciation that I write this thank you note on behalf of the Lake Pend Oreille School District. As you probably know by now, we passed our Supplemental Maintenance and Operations Levy on March 14th. We are lucky to live in a community so supportive of public education! Moving forward, we will continue to apply principles of continuous improvement to all facets of our school district. 

Thank you!




Shawn M. Woodward


Lake Pend Oreille School District

Home School Academy

posted Sep 2, 2016, 2:35 PM by Shawn Woodward   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 8:45 AM by Kelly Fisher ]

As a school district, we are constantly striving to improve our system to better meet the needs of our community. One area of improvement that we identified was in the area of supporting our homeschool families. We are pleased to announce the opening of the Lake Pend Oreille School District Homeschool Academy. Below is some information about the program:

Lake Pend Oreille School District

Homeschool Academy 

The Lake Pend Oreille School District Homeschool Academy was developed to provide educational and social enrichment for homeschool students of North Idaho. Students in this part time program learn through a blend of experiential learning, place-based study, and small group instruction.

The Homeschool Academy provides supplemental education for homeschool students in grades K-8.

We are currently building the schedule for the 2016-2017 school year. The outline is as follows:

Wednesdays: These are place-based study days. These field days will take place in “outdoor classrooms” all over Bonner County. Students will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful experiential learning activities. Please contact the teacher for more information regarding topics explored and places visited.

Thursdays and Fridays: These are classroom days. The following topics are being offered at this time:

·      Robotics

·      Culinary Arts

·      Introduction to Spanish

·      Keyboarding

·      Writing and Reflecting on Field Experiences

·      Fine Arts 

·      Performing Arts

·      Academic Support

Please contact Melinda Rossman, Homeschool Academy Teacher, for more information. 

Email: melinda.rossman@lposd.org

Plant Facility Plan Feedback:

posted Sep 1, 2016, 10:57 AM by Shawn Woodward   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 12:20 PM by Kelly Fisher ]

Most of you are aware that we unsuccessfully ran a Plant Facility levy on August 30th. While the results were disappointing, we have learned a lot going through this year- long process. Moving forward, we will be asking for input from community members.  The district's goal is to better understand our tax payer's and community's sentiments as they relate to the unsatisfactory conditions in most of our school buildings. Please check back here within the next couple of weeks. You will have the opportunity to anonymously give us feedback about the levy. Thank you for your continued support!  

~ Shawn Woodward

Board of Trustees Gives Nod to Move Forward with Facilities

posted Jun 30, 2016, 11:04 AM by Jeff Domansky   [ updated Jun 30, 2016, 11:04 AM ]

May 12th, 2016

The Board of Trustees of the Lake Pend Oreille School District voted unanimously to move forward with a plant facilities measure. The vote will take place on August 30th. The plant facilities levy includes the following projects:

  • Rebuild Sandpoint Middle School (Built in 1953, upgrades done in 1972)
  • Rebuild Northside Elementary School (Built in 1953, upgrades done in 1980)
  • Rebuild most of Washington Elementary School (Built in 1958, upgrades done in 1980)
  • Rebuild the Career Technical Shop at Clark Fork Junior/Senior High School
  • Add four classrooms to Sandpoint High School to replace all portable classrooms and the Art classroom. 
  • New track and athletic fields on SHS/SMS property to maximize use of space.

Thank you to our Board of Trustees to allow for this to be decided by our community on August 30th. More information will follow.

January 15th, 2016

posted May 3, 2016, 1:24 PM by Jeff Domansky

Board of Trustees Gives Nod to Move Forward with Facilities

Late last summer a decision was made by the school district to hire a consultant to assist in the development of a long range facilities plan. In the fall of 2015, Facilities Planning Committee convened. The Committee consisted of a broad-based group of community members. The responsibility of the committee was to identify and prioritize major facility improvement projects for the Lake Pend Oreille School District for the next 5-6 years. Last Tuesday, The Board of Trustees heard a presentation from the committee and unanimously agreed to move forward with next steps, which include hiring an architect to assist in further planning regarding potential projects. For more information, please visit our Facility Master Plan Information page. We will send out frequent updates regarding our progress.

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