As Woodward departs, we look back upon his mark within the community


Freddy Libby

Shawn Woodward leaves a legacy behind him In Sandpoint.

Shea Kilpatrick, Lifestyles Editor

Following 7 years as head of the Lake Pend Oreille School District, superintendent Shawn Woodward is resigning after accepting a job with the Mead School District.

Woodward will remain with LPOSD through June, but the Cedar Post identified 5 areas Woodward will be remembered for.

Implementing Learning Targets

As a mission to better education successes, Woodward streamlined the idea of basic targets for each lesson in the classroom. The goal being a deeper understanding for students as to what the end goal of each lesson and unit is.


Woodward has played a large role within the Panhandle Alliance for Education as an extremely involved board member. PAFE donated grants the district and teachers thousands of dollars each year with the goal of increasing education in LPOSD. Bringing to the table an education-focused and student benefit oriented mindset, Woodward’s role as a factual source has blossomed through the years.

Home School Academy

Woodward created a structured group for homeschooled students to meet peers of similar ages. The benefits don’t stop with only home-based students though, as the group contributes to school enrollment numbers and ultimately produces more school funding through the state for important fees all around the district.

Education Strides

Woodward has implemented competency-based high school learning with an extra emphasis on experiential based learning throughout the district. Most prominently, the Experiential Learning Program at Farmin-Stidwell Elementary, an academically rigorous, blended learning program that includes focus on collaboration and social-emotional growth.

Meanwhile, Clark Fork High School provides different experiential-based tracks for their students to choose from.

Hospital Board

As a major business in Sandpoint, Bonner General Health must utilize many minds to identify the future of the hospital and strategically lead planning of day to day operations, a role Woodward has taken on as a BGH board member.

As a board member, Woodward is involved in making vital decisions for the health and safety of our community through input and feedback procedures.