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  • Administrators out of school budget woes’ reach

    While private-sector and state workers have taken hits during the economic downturn, many public school administrators have seen their pay remain steady or increase. Spokane Public Schools officials – from …


  • Student data mixed on new state assessments

    More than 60 percent of sophomores in Spokane Public Schools last year failed Washington’s math assessment test, while students in neighboring districts performed only slightly better, according to results released …


  • Districts juggle snow days, changes as school begins

    Across the Inland Northwest, students are sharpening their pencils and packing their backpacks in anticipation of the first day of school. Some schools begin today; others begin next week. All …


  • Inland Northwest teachers close the book

    Inland Northwest school districts are losing hundreds of years of education experience as teachers and other employees retire in greater numbers. The number of retirements nearly doubled in the Spokane …


  • Scores drop on new statewide test

    For the third year in a row, more than 90 percent of high school seniors passed Washington’s reading and writing assessment tests required for graduation.


  • Helping hand

    When Jan and Clint O’Grady were married 18 months ago, they blended two families with three children each into one. “Instead of the Brady Bunch, we’re the O’Grady Bunch,” Jan …


  • Schools’ budget reality strikes hard

    Consecutive years of belt-tightening are leaving Inland Northwest school districts with fewer notches available to further cinch up their spending. Temporary federal funds for education in the 2009-’11 biennium helped …


  • Fourth-graders vie in math showdown

    Fourth-grade teams from elementary schools in the Central Valley School District competed in the Math is Cool competition held at Mt. Spokane High School on April 16. The Liberty Lake …


  • Central Valley considers athletic, activities fees

    Students in the Central Valley School District would pay to participate in athletics and activities during the 2010-’11 school year – $25 for middle school students and $55 for high …


  • U-Hi student newspapers destroyed

    Most copies of the student newspaper at University High School in the Central Valley School District have been destroyed by school officials after offensive remarks appeared.


  • Parents weigh in on school budget

    The Central Valley School District is mulling options for cuts to help make up a possible shortfall in state funds in the 2010-’11 school year. To help the school board …


  • School board hears wish list

    An interim report by the Central Valley School District Capital Facilities Committee includes recommendations for a new elementary school and returning kindergarten center students to their neighborhood schools. The committee …


  • Central Valley budget cut options decided

    The Central Valley School District board of directors decided on a list of potential budget cuts to help offset losses expected when the state budget is approved. The list is …


  • Math in Progress

    Students at Progress Elementary, 710 N. Progress Road, in the Central Valley School District, are voluntarily staying after school. The students – about 140 of them in a school of …


  • Healthier choices

    Brittany Johnson, a sixth-grader at Greenacres Middle School in the Central Valley School District, said she usually brings her lunch to school, but when she works as a lunchroom helper, …


  • Top administrator salaries for Spokane, Central Valley, Mead school districts

    Tables ranking the top administrators by salary for three Spokane-area school districts.


  • Schools on money quest

    A couple years of miserable state finances have school districts looking for money from other sources, with more of them using grants to bridge their budget gaps. Whether that means …


  • School districts winnow choices for math books

    When it comes to math, high school students have long asked the question: “Why do I need to learn this stuff?” Books being considered for a high school math overhaul …


  • CV could be forced to cut another $3 million

    Things are not looking bright at Central Valley, board members learned during Monday’s meeting. The school district stands to lose $3.4 million if Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed budget goes through, …


  • Education despite adversity

    Kamitra Maxwell made sure her three children were enrolled in school while the family was living on Spokane streets and in a shelter. “School is important for my children,” she …


  • Sick days spreading

    Swine flu is likely to blame for higher-than-normal absences at Inland Northwest public schools, officials say. East Valley Middle School canceled after-school activities two days in a row because of …


  • Schools suspect swine flu in early attendence drop

    Swine flu is likely to blame for higher-than-normal absences at Inland Northwest public schools, officials say.


  • Teacher back after rebuke for behavior

    University High School teacher Mike Cronin went back on the job this month after receiving a letter of reprimand for allegedly inappropriately touching a female student and a female staff …


  • CV teacher faces road rage trial

    Central Valley High School science teacher Scott Winslow is facing felony criminal charges over an alleged road rage incident June 9. The school district placed Winslow on paid administrative leave …


  • CV teacher faces charges in road rage case

    Central Valley High School science teacher Scott Winslow is facing felony criminal charges for his role in a road rage incident on June 9.


  • CV schools seek alternatives after cuts reduce busing

    Students at four Central Valley elementary schools that rode the bus last year now have to walk after the school district cut several bus routes from McDonald, Progress, South Pines …


  • Strapped districts spread the burden

    As students return to schools throughout the Inland Northwest, they’ll notice changes wrought by budget woes: more kids in the classrooms, athletic games played closer to home, fewer buses, old …


  • More schools miss feds’ goal

    Compared to the previous year, twice as many schools in Spokane Public Schools failed to meet federal standards under the No Child Left Behind Act in 2008-’09, officials announced Friday. …


  • CV, EV superintendents find satisfying first year on job

    Central Valley School District Superintendent Ben Small and East Valley Superintendent John Glenewinkel have a few things in common. They both have had to deal with state-mandated budget cuts in …


  • CV budget trims teaching ranks

    It was standing room only at the Central Valley School District’s board meeting Monday as district staff and teachers crowded in to hear what would happen to their jobs and …

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