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Comer to lead at Liberty Lake


Joanne Comer, current principal at the Central Valley Kindergarten Center, has been named principal at Liberty Lake Elementary School.

Comer will fill the vacancy left by Linda Uphus when she retires at the end of the school year.

Comer has been at the Kindergarten Center since 2006 and in the district since 1991. She taught at Keystone Elementary, worked as a Title 1 primary intervention program reading teacher, taught a first- and second-grade combination class and a summer school program for first through fourth graders. She moved to McDonald Elementary in 2003, where she completed an administrative internship. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Washington University, a master’s degree from Lesley College and a Professional Administrative Certification.

Some of the first students who attended the Kindergarten Center in 2006 are now fifth-graders at Liberty Lake.

“I look forward to observing, facilitating and continuing to encourage the educational progress of students who began at the Kindergarten Center,” Comer said. “It is exciting to serve these students, their families and the staff in a community in which I have already built many positive relationships.”


Jesse Sheldon, a sophomore at Central Valley High School, received a medal, a certificate and a letter from President Barak Obama on Monday during the Central Valley school board meeting. Sheldon is a finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Sheldon was honored for his community service through his work as a Spokane Valley United Way volunteer and Inland NW Baby, an organization he founded to provide diapers and other supplies to low-income families.

He was presented with the award from Ken Lewis of Prudential Spokane Real Estate.

Fun run

Ponderosa Elementary School, 10505 E. Cimmaron Drive, will present the 29th Annual Ponderosa Fun Run on Friday.

The two-mile race will allow walkers, rollerbladers with helmets, and runners.

Every participant will receive a ribbon, and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in elementary school, middle school and high school levels.

There also will be drawings for prizes throughout the race.

Late registration will begin at 5:15 p.m. and the race starts at 6:30. It is free to enter, but all participants must register.

For more information, call Michele Jacobs at (509) 891-7555 or email