After weeks of slow progress in salary negotiations, the Central Valley School District and its teachers’ union sprinted to the finish line Monday night to reach a tentative agreement on a one-year contract.
After an online program to teach Native American high school students resulted in failure this past year, Salish School of Spokane decided to take the steps to privatize and follow a curriculum that will better suit the needs of its students and the school’s mission.
Kim Richards, former board president of the Salish School of Spokane, will act as interim executive director of Salish School of Spokane for the 2018-19 academic year while LaRae Wiley, executive director of the school and co-founder, recovers from a head injury.
WSU administrators say the INTO University Partnership will eventually bring in thousands more students from other countries, making the university more culturally diverse, boosting tuition revenue and improving the school’s international reputation. They say the partnership will not only help WSU climb out of a spending deficit, but also put the university on track to become one of the nation’s top public research institutions – in part by supplying WSU laboratories with talented young academics from around the world.
After Spokane Public Schools and the Mead School District agreed this week to large pay raises for their teachers, the teachers union for Central Valley School District hopes to get a similar deal when it sits down with administrators on Labor Day.