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U-Hi student alleges Cronin touched her

A University High School student said she complained to the school’s principal and assistant principal last spring that teacher Michael Cronin had touched her inappropriately. An official at the Central …


Target volunteers help give library ‘Magic School Bus’ theme

The library at Adams Elementary School now has an infusion of 110 books thanks to a $500 grant from Target. “Each year, each Target store gives a $500 book grant …


U-Hi student alleges Cronin touched her

A University High School student said she complained to the school’s principal and assistant principal last spring that teacher Michael Cronin had touched her inappropriately. An official at the Central …


Touch allegations unconfirmed against U-Hi teacher

Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction recently dismissed charges against University High School teacher Michael Cronin after conducting an investigation into allegations that he touched a female student …


U-Hi teacher receives jail term

University High School teacher Michael Cronin was placed on paid administrative leave in August and has been sentenced to serve nearly a year in jail after being found guilty of …


Making health sense

There is a new program at University Elementary School, 1613 S. University Road, that teaches students nutrition and basic cooking skills. The Washington State University Food Sense program comes to …


Ronald McDonald thanks Progress, Adams students

Doing something positive for the community earned students in the Central Valley School District a visit from a famous clown. Ronald McDonald visited both Progress and Adams elementary schools for …


Students deluge districts

Megan Elliott is an experienced elementary school teacher, but she wasn’t prepared for an overcrowded kindergarten class. “We are just actually getting to the point where we can function,” said …


ECEAP helps low-income kids with health, education, nutrition

Casey Lee, an early childhood specialist in the Early Learning Center in the Central Valley School District, said she is seeing more families coming through the Early Childhood Education & …


Remedial math routine for local grads at CCS

The percentage of students taking remedial math classes at Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College is an eye-popping statistic. Of the 2009-’10 graduates from Spokane Public Schools who …


Central Valley schools face suit

A Seattle attorney filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Central Valley School District, alleging that a former teacher sexually assaulted his client as a child some 45 years ago. …


Inside Schools: Ehlers going to Greenacres Elementary

The Central Valley School Board has selected Lindsay Ehlers as the new principal assistant at Greenacres Elementary School. Ehlers has been a teacher at Liberty Lake Elementary School for the …


Community volunteers work to clean up neighborhood schools

Over the weekend, around 300 volunteers from three area churches gathered at schools in the Central Valley School District to participate in the Summer of Service. The volunteers worked on …


CV to cut pay of nonunion workers

The Central Valley School Board voted to cut the pay of nonrepresented employees Monday at its regular meeting. The cuts match those made at the state level earlier this year …


North Pines Middle School’s Dorinda Belcher named state’s Earth Science Teacher of the Year

Dorinda Belcher, 44, is a flurry of science lessons. Meeting her for the first time in her classroom at North Pines Middle School, students will likely see the Oregon sandstones …


Director positions in large school districts uncontested

In the three large Spokane Valley school districts, none of the board of directors positions will be contested this fall, with only one candidate filing for each position. Freeman and …


Sherry Johnson has seen many changes in business education

Business education in schools has gone through many changes during the past 35 years. Students learned to type on typewriters when Sherry Johnson started her teaching career. She’s retiring after …


Horizon students find grassroots solution

Karen Kielbon’s seventh-grade social studies class at Horizon Middle School in the Central Valley School District could have been learning about how government works from their books. But the lessons …


Pig hunt at Pines lesson in finance

The idea of a $250 prize has convinced students at North Pines Middle School in the Central Valley School District to learn about personal finance. The Piggy Treasure Hunt kicked …


Students receive hats, learn danger of too many rays

Students at the Central Valley Kindergarten Center, 1512 N. Barker Road, were having fun playing at recess last week, but were armed with new knowledge about the dangers of skin …


Dermatologists show kids fun with less sun

Students at the Central Valley Kindergarten Center, 1512 N. Barker Road, were having fun playing at recess last week, but were armed with new knowledge about the dangers of skin …


Despite cuts, no teacher layoffs planned in CVSD

The Central Valley School District doesn’t expect to lay off any teachers this year despite state budget cuts. Superintendent Ben Small said the district is expecting 10 elementary school teachers …


CV schools going compostal

Central Valley School District has launched a new program to help save money and teach students about composting and the environment. On April 13, the district kicked off a composting …


U-Hi drama department stages Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’

The University High School drama department is on a roll with its production of musicals. Last year, the group performed “Sweeney Todd” and won three Seattle 5th Avenue Theatre Awards. …


Bus cameras a safety issue for pupils

It’s only a matter of chance that children aren’t struck by passing cars each day as they step on or off school buses. The law in Washington is pretty simple: …


Vocal Point: Bus cameras a safety issue for pupils

It’s only a matter of chance that children aren’t struck by passing cars each day as they step on or off school buses. The law in Washington is pretty simple: …


CV school board mulls crowds

Central Valley School District voters turned down a $69.6 million construction bond last month. Now, the district is taking a look at why the bond failed and what to do …


State changing educator ratings

SEATTLE – While their students can earn anything from an A to an F for their school performance, nearly every American teacher gets one of two grades – unsatisfactory or …


Teacher’s pet

Lynn Kovacich, a teacher at Barker High School, has recruited a unique helper to work with her students. Adams is a 3-year-old golden retriever who works as a therapy dog …


Central Valley School District’s future crowded

Central Valley School District asked voters last month to approve a $69.6 million construction bond. That initiative was rejected, receiving only 46.77 percent approval. It needed 60 percent to pass. …