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Ridgeview Elementary leader named principal of the year

Ridgeview Elementary Principal Kathy Williams was recently rewarded for her leadership and love of her students when she was named the Dick Stannard Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year. The …


Boys & Girls Club program supports struggling students

Billie McMahon struggled in the sixth grade because her math skills were stuck at the kindergarten level. But after she got involved in Be Great: Graduate, her arithmetic abilities shot …


Madison Elementary fete celebrates century mark

When Madison Elementary School celebrated its centennial on Sept. 30 it wasn’t by planting 100 candles in a cake, it was by having the students spell out “100” on the …


Teachers protest raises for administrators

Hundreds of Spokane Public Schools employees sent a message to the school board Wednesday night: “We’re angry!” Union members packed the board of directors meeting to express disappointment that school …


AP Scholars named

Students from Spokane high schools recently earned AP Scholar status for their academic excellence on their college-level Advanced Placement Program exams. Students who have achieved the honor attend or have …


Logan seeks online votes in Clorox grant competition

The Spokane Public Schools Foundation has found a “clean” way to earn some money for Logan Elementary School. The foundation recently entered a grant program sponsored by the Clorox Corp. …


Area students named AP Scholars

Students from area high schools recently earned AP Scholar status for their academic excellence on their college-level Advanced Placement Program exams. Students who have achieved the honor attend or have …


Teachers union protests administrative pay raises

Hundreds of Spokane Public Schools employees sent a message to the school board Wednesday night: “We’re angry.” Union members packed the board of directors meeting to express disappointment the elected …


Contest raises hopes for students’ band and strings concert

Thousands of Spokane fifth- and sixth-graders get together every year to perform for the community in the Band and Strings Extravaganza at the Spokane Arena. “It’s just an exciting night,” …


Park board approves Merkel complex use fees

Fees for users of the new Merkel Sports Complex were approved by the Spokane Park Board on Sept. 9. The fee scale came together after a public meeting at the …


Children’s advocates optimistic about fund

Supporters of Spokane’s proposed tax levy aimed at helping children stay in school are confident voters will say yes in November despite competing with multiple state initiatives that, if approved, …


Education notes: Rogers to induct alumni into Walk of Fame

On Oct. 14, Rogers High School will honor its Walk of Fame inductees and alumni. The homecoming assembly will be held in the Carl Ellingsen Athletic Center at 10:30 a.m. …


Board votes unanimously to move Jefferson Elementary

After a year of analysis, traffic and home sale surveys and hundreds of public comments, the Spokane Public Schools board unanimously voted Wednesday to rebuild Jefferson Elementary School on the …


Shadle Park teacher to return

A Shadle Park High School teacher put on leave for handing out the lyrics of a rap song with off-color language will return to the classroom on Monday. But Brad …


Rogers candidate for historic registers

When John R. Rogers High School was built in the early 1930s, the school board ordered old desks to be refinished and all of the new building materials to be …


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 …


Updates: Pardon would let Ague work with troubled youth

Starcia Ague is one signature away from being unshackled from her past. Let’s just hope Gov. Chris Gregoire steps up and makes it happen.


Top tier 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.


Jefferson Elementary School options pit sides

The battle over the future of Spokane’s Jefferson Elementary School remained heated Wednesday. More than 200 people attended a public forum before the Spokane school board, many making their case …


Shadle Park teacher named Einstein Fellow

Shadle Park High School physics and science teacher Matthew Inman was recently recognized for his excellence in teaching by the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education as a 2010-’11 …


District narrows Jefferson Elementary relocation to 2 sites

The options for relocation of Spokane’s Jefferson Elementary School have been narrowed to two – one east and one west, according to a recently released report prepared by Spokane Public …


Foreign refugees flood into Spokane with 3 months of U.S. aid

In the fall of 2006, a young Spokane pastor and his wife welcomed an extended family of 12 ethnic Burmese refugees into their East Central neighborhood church called Jacob’s Well …


Teacher passed out lyrics containing profanity

Off-color language, not an indictment of the educational system contained in a hip-hop song, was the reason a Shadle Park High School teacher was placed on leave after he distributed …


Song lyrics weren’t authorized for classroom use

Off-color language, not an indictment of the educational system contained in a hip-hop song, was the reason a Shadle Park High School teacher was placed on leave after he distributed …


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 …


Here’s the Dirt: South Hill gaining medical building

A foot-and-ankle specialist and dentist will occupy a two-story office building just under construction at 3707 S. Grand Blvd. The $2 million building will encompass 8,700 square feet on the …


Controversy evident at Jefferson school redevelopment meeting

What began as three different proposals for the remodeling or rebuilding of Jefferson Elementary School earlier this year quickly evolved into a major neighborhood controversy when some neighborhood residents turned …


Education notebook: Shadle plans festivities for reopening

Shadle Park High School students, along with the rest of the community, won’t have to wait until the first day of school to see their newly remodeled school. The two-day …


School dropout study urges early intervention

A Gonzaga University study focused on dropout prevention starting in middle school suggests an early warning system for identifying potential dropouts, a bigger variety of academic opportunities and more rigor …