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Spokane School District Resolution No. 2011-20

This is a proposed three-year property tax levy. Voters in District 81 are being asked to approve an excess levy of $4.46 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which would raise an estimated $217.5 million annually for maintenance and operations beginning in 2013 to supplement the district’s state funding. The school district’s current levy of $3.94 per $1,000 of assessed property value is expiring. If approved by voters, the owner of a $150,000 home, for example would pay $669 per year. A copy of the Spokane School Board’s resolution authorizing this levy request can be found here. Information about the levy compiled by District 81 can be found here.

Jurisdiction: Spokane Public Schools District 81

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – When people in Spokane were asked what they wanted to see in the next superintendent of Spokane Public Schools, they came up with a laundry list of attributes, but one consistently rose to the top: innovation. Shelley Redinger, the woman hired to lead Washington’s second-largest district starting July 1, has a history of changing the culture and operation of the districts she has headed, even though she’s only 44.

Superintendents of Spokane Public Schools through the years

• June 1888-Feb. 1889 Bruce Wolverton • Feb. 1889-June 1889 E.C. Houston • July 1889-June 1899 David Bemiss • July 1899-June 1903 J.F. Saylor • July 1903-June 1908 J.A. Tormey • July 1908-June 1916 Bruce Watson • July 1916-June 1943 Orville Pratt • July 1943-June 1957 John Shaw • Aug. 1957-July 1965 William Sorenson • Oct. 1965-June 1972 Albert Ayars • July 1972-June 1980 Walter Hitchcock • July 1980-June 1993 Gerald Hester • July 1993-June 2001 Gary Livingston • July 2001-June 2007 Brian Benzel • July 2007-June 2012 Nancy Stowell

Schools chief gets pay hike

The next Spokane Public Schools superintendent is expected to be paid about $17,000 more than the current district leader. The school board plans to approve Shelley Redinger’s contract at Wednesday’s board meeting. Her total compensation – salary and benefits – is $240,000. Current Superintendent Nancy Stowell, whose last day is June 30, retires as the 19th-highest-paid superintendent in Washington with total compensation of $222,906.

Redinger chosen as new schools superintendent

A Virginia school administrator with deep ties to Eastern Washington will be the next superintendent for Spokane Public Schools. The school board decided on Shelley Redinger Saturday morning, school officials said. Redinger will replace Superintendent Nancy Stowell, who will retire at the end of June.

Next Spokane Public Schools superintendent named

Shelley Redinger has been named as the next Spokane Public Schools superintendent, school officials announced today.

School finalists quizzed at forums

Spokane Public Schools’ superintendent finalists – Shelley Redinger and Alexander Apostle – were in town this week, where community leaders, area residents and district employees grilled them about their past and plied them for hints about their leadership style should they become the district’s next leader. More than 100 community members attended one or both of the forums held Wednesday and Thursday at Spokane middle schools.

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One of the three finalists for the job of Spokane Public Schools superintendent withdrew his name from consideration after school board members asked for more answers about a controversy in his past. When a recruiter called Gregory Firn, a schools superintendent in Wadesboro, N.C., on Sunday, the candidate told the recruiter that taking his name out of the running was better than rehashing events from the past.

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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.

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A lawsuit that South Hill neighbors hoped would prevent the move of Jefferson Elementary School has been thrown out. The case was dismissed by Spokane County Superior Court Judge Gregory Sypolt on a technicality. The opposition – Hart Field Preservation Organization – failed to meet a 30-day deadline to appeal the district’s decision to move the school from its current location at 37th Avenue and Grand Boulevard to 37th and Manito Boulevard.

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During her final six months as Spokane Public Schools superintendent, Nancy Stowell plans to write a retirement wish list on a big piece of paper that will hang on the back of her office door. On Thursday, she rattled off a few items she already has in mind: “I want to spend time with my husband. I want to learn how to speak fluent French. I want to learn to play the piano. I want to cook.”