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Spokane Public Schools look to $495.3 million bond to rebuild 3 mid-century middle schools

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 8:46 a.m.

Welcome to Glover Middle School, where the principal doesn’t wear a button-down shirt because his office is too warm, where students recently went five days without hot water and where asbestos lurks behind every wall. “You’d better step away from there,” joked teacher Danial Witkowski, who teaches robotics in a classroom that dates from when the school opened in 1959.

WSU breaks ground on $61.9 million building addition for animal disease lab

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 11:33 a.m.

Work has begun on a $61.9 million building addition that will serve as the new home of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, which plays a crucial role in infectious disease monitoring, public health, food safety and the success of the state’s fish and livestock industries.

In many Spokane County schools, about 30 percent of students are chronically absent

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 7:17 a.m.

Around the nation, this is Attendance Awareness Month – not that educators in Spokane need any reminding. In the Spokane Public Schools last year, chronic absenteeism – defined as missing 10 to 15 percent of school days – was 29.3 percent. That number is little changed from the year before, but still a big source of concern.