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  • Fired U-Hi teacher sues school district

    Former University High School teacher Michael Cronin has filed a lawsuit against the Central Valley School District alleging he was improperly fired from his job while he was serving a …


  • Couple lead efforts to raise school funds

    Schools often receive donations from the community, but one Spokane Valley church recently made a donation to North Pines Middle School that won’t be forgotten any time soon. Intersection Church, …


  • U-Hi drama students act out for Read Across America

    Students at Chester Elementary School received a visit from the University High School drama department Wednesday to help them celebrate Read Across America Week. The week is held in conjunction …


  • Schoolteachers thank community for supporting levies

    Central Valley School District employees waved brightly lettered signs reading “Thank you” at passing motorists in Spokane Valley on Thursday to show appreciation to voters who helped pass the levy. …


  • U-Hi drama presents ‘Almost Maine’

    The drama department at University High School, 12420 E. 32nd Ave., will present the play, “Almost Maine” today, Friday, Saturday and Feb. 23 through 25. The show starts at 7 …


  • CV plans new Skills Center branch

    The Central Valley School District is setting in motion plans to open a branch of the Skills Center for students in the Central Valley, East Valley, West Valley and Freeman …


  • Teacher of high note

    In Linda Honn’s music class at University Elementary School this week, students learned about the different kinds of instruments in an orchestra. They knew about woodwinds, brass instruments, strings and …


  • CV superintendent tackles funding questions

    Almost every school district in Spokane County will ask voters to consider renewing levies on election day, Feb. 14. Central Valley Superintendent Ben Small is hosting a series of information …


  • Snack packs fill real need

    There are plastic bins holding bags full of snacks in Principal Molly Carolan’s office at Opportunity Elementary School in the Central Valley School District. Some of the bags contain Cup-o-Noodles, …


  • Retired educators volunteer to assess students’ skills

    When it comes to assessing kindergarteners’ reading skills, many schools turn to the various employees of the school – reading coaches, para-educators and more. But at smaller schools, such as …


  • U-Hi principal plans to retire at end of school year

    After 38 years in education, University High School Principal Daryl Hart has announced he will retire next December. Hart, 60, has been U-Hi principal for eight years. He will step …


  • A class act: U-Hi leadership students adopt children for Christmas

    Students at University High School have been thinking about what it would be like to have a Christmas without presents. If you are a little kid, this might not be …


  • Volunteer reading buddies help third-graders meet goals

    Volunteers at Opportunity Elementary School are helping third-grade students improve their reading scores. Principal Molly Carolan said the Central Valley School District school partnered with Eastpoint Church three years ago. …


  • Fun events get students to participate in High 5

    Friday after school at Evergreen Middle School isn’t usually as busy as it was last week. Students crammed into the school’s two gyms, dressed in bright colors, matching T-shirts and …


  • New classes introduce students to science, technology, more

    Madie Laws, a Central Valley High School sophomore, isn’t sure what she wants to be when she grows up, but she knows she wants to do something in the medical …


  • Students hope to Fill the Bus with food donations

    For the seventh year, students in the Central Valley School District will participate in the Fill the Bus challenge in locations around Spokane Valley. Nearly 100 students are expected to …


  • Schools asking voters to replace state funds

    Spokane Public Schools’ board agreed Wednesday to ask voters in February to consider paying more taxes in a levy to compensate for potential state cuts to K-12 education. The region’s …


  • Horizon students get call from space

    Eighth-grade students at Horizon Middle School in the Central Valley School District received a phone call Friday from the International Space Station. Parent Terry Fossum, a motivational speaker, Air Force …


  • Cut to school bus funds not idle talk

    School buses could become scarce in parts of Washington as the state grapples with budget shortfalls. Among the list of cuts Gov. Chris Gregoire is considering: State funds to help …


  • Home away from homelessness

    Britain Webb has been homeless twice while attending University High School. Domestic violence forced the 17-year-old’s mother and siblings out of their Spokane Valley apartment the first time, Webb said. …


  • Enrollment increases in most Valley districts

    Continuous Curriculum School in the East Valley School District has seen a 69 percent enrollment jump this year, most notably because students now have a whole building to attend classes, …


  • 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 & …

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