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Friday, December 14, 2018  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 7:33 a.m.

Spokane parents can now track their kids on school bus

On board Durham buses taking Spokane Public Schools students to class this year is a tracker that allows parents to monitor in real time the whereabouts of their child’s bus.


Library laptops for students taking hold: Lending refurbished computers has goal of ‘digital equity’

Spokane Public Schools and the Spokane Public Library are partnering to offer refurbished computers that SPS students can check out from their local library.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 12, 2018, 11:01 p.m.

School board quashes downtown location, votes to build new stadium on Joe Albi site

For many years to come, the Friday night lights will continue to shine in northwest Spokane.


Faulty air ventilation motor to blame for evacuation of Chase Middle School

Kids and staff at Chase Middle School were forced to evacuate Wednesday morning after smoke poured out from the school’s ventilation system.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 9:57 p.m.

Spokane school board to hear new sports stadium proposal

Board members have agreed to hear a new proposal Wednesday night from the Spokane Sports Commission and the Spokane Public Facilities District for an enhanced Sportsplex and indoor stadium.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 10:37 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools board still divided over details, location of new stadium

After a 45-minute discussion Wednesday night, the Spokane Public Schools board voted 3-2 to hear a proposal next week from the Spokane Public Facilities District for a Sportsplex that also …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Commission floats idea for Spokane schools to integrate football arena into Sportsplex

The Spokane Sports Commission is floating the idea of combining its soon-to-be-built Sportsplex with a new downtown indoor stadium for high school football.


Spokane schools serving up lunches made with local food

At Jefferson Elementary School, the lunch scene changed forever a few years ago when one child learned the hard way that chicken nuggets were no longer on the menu.


Spokane student overcomes severe anxiety to pursue college aspirations

Lydia Barrett has overcome social anxiety to excel in high school and amass college credits.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 6:27 a.m.

Spokane School Board approves new sex ed curriculum

A better-developed sex education curriculum was worth waiting for, the Spokane Public Schools board was told Wednesday night.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 10:25 a.m.

Sex ed curriculum poised for adoption in Spokane schools

Spokane Public Schools is on the verge of adopting a sex education curriculum for ninth-graders.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 9:05 p.m.

Spokane police arrest teen who threatened middle school students

The teen, whose name was not released, allegedly made the threat to several middle school students following an argument, police said in a news release.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: School Board should be leery of ignoring a loud, clear vote on the downtown stadium

The Spokane Public Schools board should heed the wishes of voters who rejected building an outdoor stadium in downtown Spokane.


$495 million Spokane Public Schools bond: Digging into the details

Tuesday’s election answered a big question for Spokane Public Schools, but it posed a few more.


Advisory vote in on new stadium location, ball passes to school board’s court

By an almost two-to-one margin, voters preferred to build a new 5,000-seat stadium at the current Albi site, instead of new site on the north bank that was pushed by …


With songs and letters, Sacajawea Middle School students thank veterans for their service

Veterans Day came three days early at Sacajawea Middle School, but none too soon for Army veteran Steve Swenson.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

Social media threat against Lewis and Clark High School targeted two female students, one who would be ‘first victim to go,’ court documents say

The latest round of social media threats against Lewis and Clark High School specifically mentioned two underage female students, one who would be the “first victim to go.”


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 10:37 p.m.

Spokane police ask feds for help to crack social media threat case against Lewis and Clark High School

While Spokane police continue to investigate a social media threat made against Lewis and Clark High School, staff and students are simply trying to cope.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:09 p.m.

Spokane voters supporting $495 million school bond with 67 percent approval

A landmark $495 million construction bond for Spokane Public Schools appeared to be on its way to passage Tuesday night.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 8:33 p.m.

Police presence greets Lewis and Clark High School students after Instagram threat

Spokane police continue to investigate a threat to Lewis and Clark High School student posted on Instagram


After years of bullying, virtual academy revives autistic student’s love of learning

Autism, and the bullying that came with it, has taken big pieces out of Kayleigh Lewis’ life. Thanks to her recent enrollment in a virtual academy, for the first time …


Hard work and commitment: Westview Elementary wins School of Distinction award for second straight year

The building is a modern marvel, but success at Westview Elementary School is earned the old-fashioned way.


Major projects at stake as Spokane school bond heads to ballot next week

To everyone who will listen, Spokane Public Schools officials have spent the last few months talking about their hopes for the future. Those hopes are wrapped up in a $495 …


Cooper Champions encourage parents, dads included, to get involved at school

Cooper Champions, a group of volunteers who provide teachers with help in the classroom, are encouraging others to get involved.


Spokane Public Schools’ pre-AP offerings unique in nation

When the College Board chose 100 schools to offer “pre-AP” courses to all freshmen, Spokane was the only district in the nation to get all of its comprehensive high schools …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 10:38 p.m.

As social media’s influence grows, teachers, administrators search for a response

For educators in Spokane, the perils of social media are everywhere.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 10:37 p.m.

Ninth-grade sex ed curriculum to be in place this year

Spokane Public Schools expects to have a sex education curriculum for ninth-graders in place later this year, its board members were told Wednesday night.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

Ex-Ferris coach Jim Sharkey continues to work for Spokane Schools, but not in-person with students

Former Ferris High School football coach Jim Sharkey, who was investigated for allegedly exposing himself to students and allowing hazing of his players, will continue to be employed by Spokane …


Ferris High School senior has turned his ADHD into academic advantage

Those high school stereotypes are easy to apply and so hard to defy – unless you’re Jacob Erdman, who definitely isn’t your everyday nerd.


Despite city go-ahead on sportsplex, confusion surrounds stadium developments

No local issue has earned as much confusion, even among the supposedly well informed, as the advisory vote on where to locate a new 5,000-seat stadium.