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Artist Leads Students On Adventure Of The Imagination

One is a raven. One is a man with a huge eye for a head. The last is a deer. Five students from East Valley School District's alternative high school worked on the raven one morning last week. Led by Joe Pachak, an artist from Utah, Amber Fortier, April Fortier, Brian Hawks, Katie Nauroth and Jenny Kay patted and smoothed on a coat of reddish concrete, the color of rust. Next came a bucket of black concrete, to coat the under surfaces. Brandon DeRuwe videotaped their work. The young artists would use different colors to finish the other figures. Other students involved in the project have been Chris Willis and Nick Blessing.

News >  Spokane

Valley Schools Ask Voters To Ok Bonds

The three Spokane Valley school districts will ask voters this week to pass construction bonds for new classrooms, building renovation and, in one case, a new school. Two-year levies to help cover day-to-day expenses also appear on Tuesday's ballot in each Valley district and the Freeman and Liberty districts.
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Spending Plans

Here are the uses to which each Spokane Valley school district would put its construction bond money and the tax rates property owners could expect to pay for the bonds. In each case, the tax rate includes payments on not only the bond issue up for election on Feb. 6, but previous bonds. Payments on the previous bonds are dropping, which is why the increase in this tax rate is sometimes very small. In East Valley's case, for instance, the tax rate for bonds would increase only 4 cents, if voters approve their bond. Still, if Valley voters pay these bonds, they will pay more in taxes overall. That's because the county assessor has determined that property values continue to rise. Central Valley bond: $23.28 million would pay for a new 600-student elementary school at Liberty Lake ($9.7 million), complete renovation of Bowdish Junior High ($7.8 million), heating, ventilation and outdoor physical education improvements at both South Pines Elementary and University High School ($1 million), and capital improvement projects throughout the district, including energy conservation, paving, sewer and disability access work ($4.8 million). The tax rate for Central Valley bonds, would increase 45 cents per $1,000 of property value to $1.70 per $1,000 in 1997 and 1998. That means the owner of a $100,000 house would pay $170 for the bond issue. East Valley bond: $11.97 million would add 16 new classrooms to district schools, plus pay for renovation of Trent Elementary. That does not include $2.5 million in matching funds the district expects to receive from the state to complete the work on Trent. East Valley and Mountain View middle schools would each get two new classrooms, increasing each school's capacity from 600 students to 650. Skyview Elementary would gain eight new classrooms and Otis Orchards Elementary would gain four. Skyview capacity would increase from 400 to 600. Otis Orchards capacity would increase from 400 to 500. East Valley High School would gain at least one music room and other space for creative arts. The tax rate for East Valley bonds would increase just 4 cents per $1,000 of property value, to $2.27 per $1,000 in both 1997 and 1998. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $227 each year. West Valley bond: $4.2 million would add 16 new classrooms to existing elementary schools. Pasadena Park, Ness and Orchard Center elementary schools each have a present building capacity of 275 students. Seth Woodard Elementary has a 300-student capacity. Each school would gain room for nearly 100 more students if the new classrooms are built. The tax rate for West Valley's bond would increase 45 cents per $1,000 of property value to $2.09 per $1,000 in 1997. So the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $209 on bonds that year. That rate would drop 17 cents per $1,000 in 1998.
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CV Schools Put Out Welcome Mat Today

Central Valley schools are inviting the public to come to school today and see what their students are learning. No special activities are planned. The idea is simply to get folks who don't ordinarily see today's schools up close and personal into the buildings, said spokesman Skip Bonuccelli. "We know we have a lot of people who come to athletic events, to choir and drama and band," he said. "But we want people to see what happens in schools every day."
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East Valley Bond And Levy Proposals

East Valley's ballot on Feb. 6 will include two items, a construction bond and a supplemental levy. If voters pass both, their tax rate is projected to stay the same as they are paying now. That is because of growth in the district and increasing property values. Also, the levy will replace a current two-year levy. Here's what the money would do:
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EV District Floats Proposal For Year-Round School

Parents who hate the idea of year-round school have nothing to fear. But parents who like the idea may get their chance in East Valley School District. East Valley superintendent Chuck Stocker said the district is ready to look harder at year-round school, solely for students whose parents like the idea.
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Kids Are The Stars In This Theater

Children's theater has come to the Valley. Theater Arts for Children has a home in University City Shopping Center, a director in Vicki Hynes and a new show opening today. Classes for children are set for the end of the month.
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Test Scores In; Analysis Begins

It's time for that annual exercise in frustration known as standardized test scores. The public celebrates the high scores and bemoans the low ones. Educators hate that habit. "What I'd love to do is pull out test scores from some of our local and national leaders. Because, I'm betting they're not going to be anything remarkable," said Jim Hammond, principal of East Farms Elementary.
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Year With The Yanks Australian Exchange Teacher Gets Perspective On Two Countries’ Approach To Education

1. In hat and blue jeans, Damian Hallinan fills up a desk in his Bowdish Junior High School classroom. Hallinan, a science teacher, will head back to Australia in January. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Damian Hallinan readies a red gum boomerang for a Spokane friend. After a year teaching at Bowdish Junior High, his impression is that U.S. schools don't emphasize technical subjects, such as electronics and shop, as much as Australian schools do. He will travel on the West Coast before heading for home in mid-January. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
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Retired School Officials Back At Work, Determined To Get CV Bond Approved

Three retired administrators from the Central Valley School District, plus a veteran volunteer, are leading the campaign to pass a $23 million bond issue on Feb. 6. The campaign is called Kids First. The three retirees, Chuck Hafner, Bob Jayne and John Frucci, have a combined 95 years as educational leaders in the Valley. Gus Schmauch taught for 10 years and has volunteered for many more. The four are settling into 12-hour days, stringing together umpty-two meetings with innumerable cups of bad coffee. They have a message for the CV community: