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Freeman says goodbye to superintendent

Freeman School District superintendent Sergio Hernandez pauses in what will be the new lobby area of the elementary school during a tour on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. Under his leadership, the district sucessfully passed two levies and a construction bond. Hernandez has also directed the high school and elementary school construction projects.SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

A retirement reception is being held today in Freeman in honor of retiring school district superintendent Sergio Hernandez. The public is invited to attend the event, which will be from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. in the Middle School Library (on Jackson Road just west of Highway 27).

Hernandez has been with the district since July 2006 and has overseen the construction of the new high school and the current elementary school construction. He is being replaced next month by Randy Russell, the principal of Coeur d'Alene High School.

Today’s highlights

Freeman School District Superintendent Sergio Hernandez led efforts to pass two levies and a construction bond, and directed the high school and elementary school construction projects. More than that, he said, “I hope they remember me for caring about people, caring about the students and the staff and working as a team player. The buildings really are a team effort.” SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

After 41 years in education, Freeman School District Superintendent Sergio Hernandez will be hanging up his hard hat in June. He's been wearing that hard hat a lot lately, overseeing the contstruction of a new high school and renovations at the elementary school. He told reporter Lisa Leinberger that he's not sure what he'll do after he retires, but that he still wants to work with kids in some way.

The Spokane Valley City Council took its first step this week in approving a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Reporter Pia Hallenberg spoke to Temple Beth Shalom Rabbi Michael Goldstein about a billboard uring people to boycott Israel.

Coming Thursday

It's been busy in Spokane Valley. Last night a Spokane Valley man allegedly stabbed his brother after the two fought. Now one brother is in jail on an attempted murder charge and the other is in serious condition in the hospital. And this morning the Spokane Valley Fire Department was called out to what is being called a suspicious fire in a vacant building at 13412 E. Nora.

Since it is Wednesday, we also have to take a look at what is coming in the Valley Voice tomorrow. Freeman School District Superintendent Sergio Hernandez recently announced that he will retire in June and reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to him about what he is planning next after his 41 year career in education. I'll have a report on Tuesday's Spokane Valley City Council meeting, where a reduced field of five council members efficiently dealt with the business before them.

One item of note to come out of the council meeting is a change in the schedule to appoint a replacement for Rose Dempsey. Things have been bumped back a bit. The council will narrow the field to several finalists on March 22, conduct interviews on March 29 and vote on who to appoint to the vacant seat on April 5. Applications still must be turned in to the city by 4 p.m. on March 4.  

Freeman superintendent retiring

Freeman School District superintendent Sergio Hernandez has announced that he will retire when his contract comes up for renewal on June 30. He has led the district since July 2006 and oversaw a successful bond campaign that resulted in a new high school and work on the elementary school and middle school that is currently underway. Hernandez has worked in education for 41 years. He was the superintendent in Tekoa for seven years before arriving in Freeman.

A special school board meeting is planned for Thursday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the middle school library to interview two leadership recruitment firms specializing in school superintendent searches. We'll have more on this process in the Valley Voice as things progress.

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