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Shared classrooms: Tight budgets may force more schools to combine grades

First-grader Bobby Best worked independently in the rural North Idaho classroom, diligently making her way through an activity book. A short distance away, teacher Sara Butler instructed a reading group …


Spokane Public Schools administrators agree to furloughs

Spokane Public Schools administrators – including all principals and vice principals – have agreed to take two unpaid days off to help put a dent in the looming budget shortfall …


Education Notebook: Check out Montessori, APPLE

Parents interested in enrolling their children in Spokane Public Schools’ Montessori or APPLE (Alternative Parent Participation Learning Experience) programs will have an opportunity to attend an orientation meeting beginning next …


Focus on success, strict policies help Rogers High transform

Joseph Sutton entered Rogers High School with no vision of a graduation day. “I couldn’t really see myself having a future, or even having a job,” said Sutton, 17. “I …


Retired schools chief dies

Gerald Hester, a popular former Spokane Public Schools superintendent, died Tuesday after a long battle with multiple health issues. Hester, 82, was superintendent from 1980 to 1993.


Former Spokane schools chief dies

Gerald Hester, a former Spokane Public Schools superintendent, died this morning after a long battle with an illness. Hester, 82, was superintendent from 1980 to 1993, according to news archives. …


School districts honor board members

Local school districts will honor their school board members this month during School Board Appreciation Month. In a press release, Spokane Public Schools expressed gratitude toward its board members who …


Classmates reunite to examine time capsules buried in 1986

A group of former Spokane elementary school students reunited Monday to open three time capsules buried in 1986, bringing a flashback of the Ronald Reagan era, Brat Pack movies and …


Students showcase array of talents, interests in senior projects

High school seniors have another rite of passage their last year of school: the senior project. Added as a statewide graduation requirement in Washington in 2008 – and in Idaho …


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 …