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Education Notes: Buses run 30 minutes later on Thursdays

School is back in session and for parents that means getting their kids to class on time.

But, each Thursday, beginning today in the Spokane Public Schools District, students will head to school 30 minutes later, due to teacher collaboration. Every Thursday, buses will run 30 minutes later than their regular pick-up time.

Projects continue

Elementary and high schools in the Spokane Public Schools District are continuing to receive improvements due to bond-funded projects. A press release from the district recently reported the construction progress of the modernization and restoration to the schools.

Work at Westview Elementary began with pouring a new foundation and installing some new walls. The playground structures were relocated, and blacktop was installed to give the students a safe place to play at recess. The new school is scheduled to open for the 2012-’13 school year.

Improvements at Ferris High School continue on the east side of the site with a new parking area at the nearly completed athletic center. There is new, rerouted utility work under the parking area. Both improvements are necessary to accommodate future phases of construction. The current work includes foundations for a section of the new classroom space and commons. Construction crews also are adding retaining walls along the south side of the track with new ramps and stairs to provide better access to the football field. The first section of the Ferris building is scheduled for completion next summer.

Roosevelt, Whitman and Woodridge elementary schools have received new, more energy-efficient roofing, insulation and air systems. Cooper, Holmes and Audubon elementary schools received new flooring during the summer.

Shadle Park and Rogers high schools received refurbished athletic fields and North Central High School now has new locker room facilities, a refinished gym floor, new gym scoreboard and an electronic reader board as part of the bond-funded projects.

For more information on the projects, visit

Rainey Coffin can be reached at (509) 927-2166 or via email at

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