Lewis and Clark High School here in The 'Kan is the crown jewel of the public school system here. It's an urban school and is ancient and has been outdated many times in its tenure in the neighborhood. Yet it remains the pride of generations on the lower South Hill. The last remodel/renovation about the time of the new millenium was and is spectacular; the fact is, downtown Spokane would not have the vitality it does if it weren't for LC. You don't have to be in the suburbs to attend/teach/or administrate at a first rate school. Liquidating any of the schools you noted because they are close to downtown is not only unseemly, it's downright ignorant. As for teaching at one of these schools and the death sentence it brings, I seem to recall that Borah has nationally recognized teachers. (help me out here Thom George--wasn't one of the elementary teachers recognized as Idaho Teacher of the Year or the equivalent?) Apparently, the faculty there hasn't gotten word of the sentencing yet. You want Happy Valley and an associated school district out on the prairie, you're gonna get it. It's part of the Stepford School Series. But if you want a thriving, alive, vibrant community where all kinds of real families live, work, and go to school in all four corners of town, Sorenson, nee Harding, needs to be and must be saved -- JBelle.
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.