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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 …


$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.


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.


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.


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 …


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.


Spokane high school students leave hate out of politics project

The young people of Spokane talked politics this week, and they managed to do it without a trace of nastiness.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Roosevelt Elementary principal resigned after ‘swat’ to unruly kindergartner

Roosevelt Elementary School principal Laura Franks delivered a single spank to an unruly kindergarten student on the morning of Sept. 13. It led to her resignation the next day, according …


Early morning ‘zero hour’ classes give ambitious teens a boost, but is it costing them sleep?

Early classes are designed to give students taking a full-load of college preparatory classes, which includes two years of a foreign language, an extra period. But some administrators worry that …


With a little of the old and a little of the new, modernized Franklin Elementary sparkles with fresh life

The Franklin Elementary School Modernization and Addition is just one of many projects paid for by the $205 million bond Spokane voters approved in 2015. At $26 million it’s not …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 10:37 p.m.

Westboro Baptist Church members outnumbered by protesters at every stop during Spokane visit

Five women from the Westboro Baptist Church met a wave of unified opposition in Spokane as counterprotesters turned out in droves Thursday to support soldiers, environmentalists, members of the LGBT …


Friends share memories of Steve Cook, Shaw Middle School substitute who died last week

Shaw Middle School substitute Steve Cook may have died without next-of-kin, but he wasn’t without friends.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 7:38 p.m.

Authorities unable to find family of substitute teacher who died at Shaw Middle School

Steven Lynn Cook, 55, died Wednesday morning after going into cardiac arrest, according to Spokane Public Schools officials. He was substitute teaching.


Linwood Principal Gina Naccarato-Keele receives local, national honors

Building a great school is about building relationships, and Gina Naccarato-Keele has done both at Linwood Elementary School.


School bond measure would replace Joe Albi Stadium; new location still to be decided

The Arena has been a fixture since 1995. And now a new indoor sportsplex on the north bank of the Spokane River is nearing the design phase.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 8:41 a.m.

Spokane school bond would help Spanish immersion and On Track Academy programs

Two special programs that serve opposite ends of Spokane Public Schools’ broad collection of students stand to gain more space and traction as voters decide on a


Passage of Spokane Public Schools bond would ease Lewis and Clark’s lunchtime chaos

Lewis and Clark High School is the last Spokane Public School without a central place for students to eat lunch. A bond on the November ballot would change that.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 11:26 a.m.

School district mum on Roosevelt Elementary principal’s resignation

Roosevelt Elementary School’s principal resigned after less than a month on the job.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 8:46 a.m.

Spokane Public Schools look to $495.3 million bond to rebuild 3 mid-century middle schools

Welcome to Glover Middle School, where the principal doesn’t wear a button-down shirt because his office is too warm, where students recently went five days without hot water and where …