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OLYMPIA — A top official from the Spokane School District was fined $500 today for improperly using the district's resources to support ballot measures in 2009 and 2012.
Mark Anderson, the district's associate superintendent for School Support Services, agreed to a settlement with the state Public Disclosure Commission of a complaint filed by Laurie Rogers, a frequent critic of the district and self-described education advocate. Commission investigators found repeated instances in which Anderson used district e-mail, computers or other resources to urge staff to attend campaign meetings and for Anderson to attend a conference explaining how to pass levies.
Anderson agreed he had violated the state statute that prohibits public employees from using government resources for political activity. The PDC board agreed to the staff recommendation of a $1,000 fine, with half of it suspended on the condition that he have no further violations for the next four years.
OLYMPIA – Faced with a rapidly growing number of requests for public records, the Spokane School District wants to charge the public for the cost of locating and preparing those records.
Mark Anderson, associate superintendent, said District 81 wants to pass on the "reasonable costs" of complying with public records requests, which have tripled over the last three years and now cost the district an estimated $70,000 a year.
A bill that would allow districts all over the state to do that received a brief hearing this week in the Senate budget committee, but in a fashion that has some government watchdogs criticizing the process. Senate Bill 6576 is probably dead; the issue, however, is still alive. . .
Although it’s too early to declare the Spokane School District’s bond issue a winner, it is clear that it did considerably better than the City of Spokane’s bond issue.
It pulled more votes out of almost every city precinct that the two proposals shared. Sometimes lots more, as the above map of the first night’s vote totals shows.
This is interesting for several reasons.
The Spokane School District bond issue received strong support all over the city. Even in parts of the city where it didn’t receive the required super majority, voters in many precincts gave it a simple majority.
Note that some of the strongest support comes in areas where the bond will rebuild or rehab schools. On the South Side, the precincts around Ferris High School and Jefferson and Hutton elementary schools have big majorities.
Spokane School District officials can probably rest easy tonight. Their $288 million bond issue has a comfortable lead, and seems headed for passage.
News for the City of Spokane’s Police Department and animal control plans is not so good. The $18.5 million “Police and Pets” bond issue was thumped. Hard.
The above map is a look at the city bond issue as of Tueday night’s count.-
The people supporting the ballot measures for the Spokane School District seem to be intent on proving that the community needs to be spending more money on education. It seems they would not last long on that FOX-TV game show, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”
They keep making the mistakes that would earn students in the District 81 classrooms a failing grade.