I started teaching in District 81 in 1950. I have seen a lot of District 81 school superintendents come and go. It is my opinion that Shelley Redinger is head and shoulders the best superintendent Spokane has ever had.
Her first year on the job, she made it a point to really get a feel for how things were functioning by visiting all of the schools. During her second year, she has been conducting surveys and meeting with laypeople to get their input.
Prior to the start of her second year, she made the decision to eliminate the positions of five area directors and their secretaries. That allows principals to run their own buildings without someone looking over their shoulder. I would estimate that decision freed up close to $1 million that she recommended using for other district needs.
The program additions included: full-day kindergarten; full-time counselors in every elementary school; offerings at Newtech skill center; expanded advanced placement opportunities; and opening a charter school starting next year.
Opening a charter school is a gutsy decision. Her vision to plan for post-high school experiences for graduates is to be applauded.
Kudos to Shelley Redinger and the school board for having the insight to hire her.