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Staff changes include principals, assistants

 (The Spokesman-Review)
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Several staffing changes are taking place in Spokane Public Schools this school year.

Students in four elementary schools will have a new principal roaming the halls next week.

Don Warner, who was previously the principal at Sheridan Elementary School, will take over at Hamblen Elementary on the South Hill.

At Sheridan, Warner’s positions will be filled by new Principal Pete Hall, from the Reno, Nev., area.

Julia Lockwood, formerly a principal assistant at Holmes Elementary, is the new principal at Longfellow Elementary School.

At Franklin Elementary, Mickey Hansen replaces Mary Seeman, who retired. Hansen was the principal at Longfellow.

New assistant principal assignments at the middle and high schools include:

Garry Middle School: Kimberly Stretch, a former district teacher and instructional coach.

Glover Middle School: Nancy Lopez, a former principal assistant at Shaw Middle School.

Ferris High School: Kim Halcro, from out of district.

North Central: Scott Friedman, from another district.

Rogers: Brian Leavitt, who was previously a teacher at Rogers, and Kerri Ames, from another district.

Shadle Park: Ivan Corley, who was previously a principal assistant at Shadle.

Shifts in administrative staff also are planned at the district office.

Howard De Leeuw was named the coordinator for the English Language Development program. De Leeuw was previously an instructional math coach at NC and a literacy coach at Havermale High School. He also directed summer school at NC this year.

Lydia Fesler, previously the district literacy coordinator, is the new elementary literacy, kindergarten, library and social studies coordinator.

Alice Franklin will be the coordinator of the Title I and Learning Assistance Programs, and Linda Wert will be the coordinator for the elementary Title and LAP programs.

The district has also hired a new director of safety and security, and transportation. Jason Conley, a graduate of Shadle Park and Eastern Washington University, was previously the director of security operations for Riverfront Park.

Logan kids get supplies

Students registered at Logan Elementary School don’t need to storm the aisles of local stores for school supplies this year.

Thanks to a generous donation from Fourth Memorial Church, the school has 250 backpacks with school supplies, specific to each grade level.

The supplies are left over from a school supply drive held by the church Saturday. About 115 backpacks were distributed to Logan students, and the rest were sent to the school.

“It took two pickup trucks to bring it all over here,” said Virginia Chapman, the school’s volunteer coordinator.

The backpacks are available for any Logan student who wants one, Chapman said. They also are being offered to new students registering this week.

For more information, call the Logan office at 354-3434. The school is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Designing Deer Park High

The Deer Park School District is looking for interested community members who would like to help plan what the next Deer Park High School will look like.

The district is putting together a committee that will work with architects to design a model of a new high school for the community.

“I think people really want to see what they are paying for,” Superintendent Mick Miller said.

Miller’s hope is that a model, instead of an artist’s rendition of the school, will help voters when the district runs another construction bond, possibly in the spring of 2007.

A 2005 bond to build a new high school failed to gather enough votes needed to reach the 60-percent supermajority needed to pass.

The school, built in 1980, is badly in need of replacement. In addition to heating and ventilation issues, the school lacks the infrastructure to support today’s technology, Miller said.

The committee would meet this fall at least twice a month in the evening. Committee members do not have to have children in school to participate. Meetings would likely begin the third week in September, Miller said.

Interested community members should contact Miller at 464-5507 or by e-mail at

LC artwork on display

The advanced work of several Lewis and Clark High School art students is on display at the Mobius Kids museum in River Park Square in downtown Spokane. The exhibit is free and open through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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