Central Valley School District employees waved brightly lettered signs reading “Thank you” at passing motorists in Spokane Valley on Thursday to show appreciation to voters who helped pass the levy. “We take the extra effort to stand out on the corner to get people to vote, and I just thought it was important to take the extra effort and stand out there and say thank you,” said Central Valley High School Principal Mike Hittle, who came up with the idea. Read more
Mead School District Resolution No. 11-12
About this measure
This is a proposed three-year property tax levy.
Voters in the Mead School District are being asked to approve an excess levy of $4.59 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which would raise an estimated $62 million annually for maintenance and operations beginning in 2013 to supplement the district’s state funding.
The school district’s current levy of $3.59 per $1,000 of assessed property value is expiring.
If approved by voters, the owner of a $150,000 home, for example would pay $688.50 per year.
A copy of the Mead School Board’s resolution authorizing the levy request can be found here.
Information about the levy compiled by the Mead School District can be found here.
Mead School District
Students and parents at Evergreen Elementary School in the Mead School District can have a night of fun and get a book at Evergreen’s Books and Bingo Night, from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight. The family event will also include a basket raffle, with baskets made by students in each classroom. Shakey’s Pizza will be on hand, selling pizza slices for $1.50. Read more
The Mead School District will introduce local residents to the future of education on Wednesday at the STEM+ Open House, at the Mead High School theater, beginning at 6:30 p.m. “Imagine It – A Night to Celebrate STEM+ Education” is an opportunity for parents, students and community members to learn about the STEM+ (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) program. Current sixth-graders can learn about seventh-grade STEM+ academic and after-school programs; middle school students can learn about what STEM+ programs are offered at the high school; and current sophomores can learn about Mead School District’s new Riverpoint Academy, opening this fall. At the Riverpoint Academy, Mead juniors and seniors will have an opportunity to take STEM+ courses and receive college credit from Eastern Washington University, Washington State University or Community Colleges of Spokane. Read more
Bored with his West Valley High School classes, Harrison Calligan thought skipping school with friends might be more challenging. The teen figured out how to block the school’s numbers from his home phone so his mother couldn’t be alerted to his absence, and after lunch he’d leave school. Read more
Eighth-grader Seairra Rice comes from a family of wrestlers, but she’s the first girl in her family to participate in the sport. “She wanted to show the boys she could do what they could do,” said her dad, Chris Rice, who watched his daughter during a recent wrestling practice at Spokane’s Chase Middle School. “She took a lot of flak from the girls at first for doing it, but she pushed through.” Read more
Britain Webb has been homeless twice while attending University High School. Domestic violence forced the 17-year-old’s mother and siblings out of their Spokane Valley apartment the first time, Webb said. The second time, their house burned down. Through all his turmoil, school has been a constant. “Going to school is a very big part of life in general,” Webb said. “That’s how you get through it. … Being at school was pretty much the highlight of my day.” Read more
School buses could become scarce in parts of Washington as the state grapples with budget shortfalls. Among the list of cuts Gov. Chris Gregoire is considering: State funds to help transport students to and from school could be eliminated. Although not one of Gregoire’s preferred cuts, it would save $220 million and is on her list of ideas to deal with a $2 billion budget shortfall. Read more
Students in the Spokane Public Schools District need to turn in their free or reduced-price meal applications by Monday. Beginning Tuesday, students who were on the meal program during the 2010-’11 school year, but have not turned in their applications will be changed to a paid meal status. Families in the district that have not reapplied for the meal program have been notified of the deadline. Read more
Nutrition directors in Spokane Public Schools, Mead and Coeur d’Alene school districts have worked hard in recent years to make breakfast and lunch options better for students. Pizza, for example, is one of the most popular choices for elementary school lunches; to make it healthier nutritionists use whole wheat or whole-grain crust and low-fat mozzarella. That’s why school nutritionists here feel like they’re prepared for new National School Lunch Program guidelines that go into effect early next year. The program will closely follow new federal nutrition guidelines, which suggest people eat more fruits and vegetables, eat 50 percent more whole grains and switch to fat-free or 1 percent milk. Read more
Parents still have three more opportunities to get their children vaccinated for the flu, whooping cough, chicken pox and measles. A preventative shot not only protects the child, but other children in their school and community. Spokane Regional Health Clinic has scheduled free immunization clinics for children ages 18 and younger today at Centennial Middle School, 915 N. Ella Road in Spokane Valley, from 2 to 5 p.m.; Sept. 20 at Farwell Elementary School, 13005 N. Crestline St., in the Mead School District, from 3 to 6 p.m.; and Sept. 21 at Shiloh Hills Elementary School, 505 E. Stonewall Ave., also in the MeadDistrict, from 3 to 6 p.m. Read more
The percentage of students taking remedial math classes at Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College is an eye-popping statistic. Of the 2009-’10 graduates from Spokane Public Schools who were admitted to the community colleges, 86.8 percent required remedial math after taking placement tests. For Central Valley School District students it was 92.4 percent, and for Mead School District students, 81.1 percent. Read more
Students and staff at Prairie View Elementary in the Mead School District celebrated Dr. Seuss’s 107th birthday with a book drive for Kira’s Kloset, a nonprofit organization providing clothing and books to kids in need. According to a school press release, the recent drive was held in conjunction with Prairie View’s annual Our Community Reads Day. Read more
A cemetery and columbarium have been approved next to Mt. Spokane High School grounds. It will be just east of the high school grounds and behind Mt. Spokane Church, 6311 E. Mt. Spokane Park Drive, which also is immediately east of the high school. Read more
Mead School District officials decided shifting its 12 librarians out of the library and into a traditional classroom was the best way to help solve its $1 million budget deficit. The district will save $660,000 by moving the librarians, who all have teaching endorsements, because they won’t have to hire new teachers. Read more
The sun was peeking out now and again when 96 students from Mead School District’s Developmental Learning Center got together on Wednesday last week to celebrate the Mead Developmental Olympics for the 10th year in a row. “This is the best attendance we have at the Mead DLC Olympics,” said Ken Russell, Mead High School principal, during the opening ceremonies. “We are so fortunate to have a school district that’s small enough that it feels like we are all one community.” Read more
Mead School District is facing a $1 million budget gap, and one answer is putting its librarians’ teaching credentials back to work. The shift of 12 librarians into the classroom saves $660,000, said Wayne Leonard, executive director of business management. “If we didn’t move them into the classroom, we would have to hire new people.” Read more
Dads and their sons will share their artistic talent in a “Father and Son Art Exhibit” hosted by Discovery School, 323 S. Grant St. in downtown Spokane. The event will start with a reception on Sunday at Discovery’s Bob Evans Art Center, 5:30 to 7 p.m. The exhibit is coordinated by Discovery School’s artist-in-residence Priscilla Barnett and will run through May 5. Read more
The Mead School District has agreed to pay $205,000 to settle a federal lawsuit on behalf of a former student with autism who was repeatedly abused nearly five years ago by two other special education students at Mead High School. The parents of a boy, identified in court documents only as J.B., argued that the school district was negligent. The boy, now 21 and in college, has Asperger’s disorder, a mild form of autism that affects his ability to socialize and communicate. Read more