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On-time start for Spokane schools; Mead schools to close

Spokane Public Schools will start on time Friday, officials said.


New school’s students connect with sculptor

Nationally known sculptor Harold Balazs encouraged students at a new Spokane school Tuesday with talk of expression, going against conformity and being curious. “Expression is therapy,” Balazs, known for dozens …


Spice sends four Shadle Park students to hospital

Four Shadle Park High School students were hospitalized Wednesday after smoking Spice – a substance that gives a marijuanalike high – the same day the Drug Enforcement Agency announced it …


At 82 students, school district credits size for academic success

BICKLETON, Wash. – A recent report calls rural education “what works in Washington.” That’s certainly true in south-central Washington’s Bickleton School District, which has academic and financial strengths that could …


Education Notebook: Two schools win award

The state Superintendent’s Office recently honored two North Side elementary Title I schools for their commitment to students and their exceptional hard work. A press release from Spokane Public Schools …


Police: Man in standoff was suicidal and arguing with family

A police standoff with an unstable, armed man ended peacefully near Westview Elementary School in northwest Spokane on Thursday morning. The school canceled classes for the day. Police cordoned off …


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 …


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 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. …


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 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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …