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Jefferson Elementary project open for comments

A notice of determination of nonsignificance, which has to be filed under the State Environmental Policy Act for new construction, was posted recently on the site where a new Jefferson Elementary School will be constructed. The deadline for comments or an appeal to be submitted to the school district is Wednesday.

Council OKs larger school parking lots

City leaders have paved the path to build larger elementary and junior high school parking lots. The Spokane City Council voted 4-3 Monday to allow school districts to build lots with up to 2  1/2 spaces for each classroom. Since 2006, parking lots for those schools had been capped at 1  1/2 per classroom. There were no limits before that.

Spokane schools board presents design for Jefferson Elementary

Spokane Public Schools hosted another open house at Jefferson Elementary School last Thursday. Neighbors, parents, teachers and school district staff gathered in the gym to see the renderings of the new school. The site chosen by the school board places the new school building west of the school’s current location, but not all the way over by Manito Boulevard.

Education Notebook: Libby Center wins MathCounts

Libby Center finished in first place Saturday in the MathCounts middle school competition at Northwood Middle School. The competition included teams from Davenport, St. George’s, Northwood, Lakeside and Sacajawea. St. George’s placed second and Sacajawea third. The top two teams have been invited to compete in the state competition March 12.

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 west side of Hart Field. “We are not just looking at painting Jefferson or fixing the front steps; we are looking at what’s best for the children’s education” now and in the future, said school board member Rocky Treppiedi, adding that spending $2 million to $4 million more in taxpayer money to build in the current location is not appropriate.

School board opts to move Jefferson west

After a year of analysis, traffic and home sale surveys and hundreds of public comments, the Spokane school board has unanimously voted Wednesday to rebuild Jefferson Elementary School on the west side of Hart Field.

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 for where the school should be rebuilt and how that could affect the adjoining Hart Field.

School board gets an earful during Jefferson forum

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 for where the school should be rebuilt and how that could affect the adjoining Hart Field.

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 Schools administrators. Both options will be presented during a public forum Wednesday in front of the Spokane School Board.

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 out to be wildly opposed to relocating the school. Tuesday evening the next chapter in the saga was written when Spokane Public Schools delivered on its promise to present a property value study and a traffic study for neighbors.

Neighbors act like school kids

It is a measure of how passionately silly the debate over Jefferson Elementary has grown that the school’s principal called in security for Thursday’s annual spring fundraiser, the Tech Trek. Fortunately, the only things clouding the Tech Trek were the clouds.

Jefferson plans weighed

There was no escaping neighborhood opposition when Spokane Public Schools held an open house about the remodeling and possible relocation of Jefferson Elementary in the school’s gymnasium Tuesday evening. Poised on the stairs at the main entrance was Mick Heacox collecting signatures opposing the relocation of the school.

Neighbors debate Jefferson Elementary site

More than 100 people signed in at the Comstock Neighborhood Council meeting last Wednesday – and they all had quite a lot to say about one specific agenda point: the site selection for Jefferson Elementary School. Spokane Public Schools has launched an extensive districtwide remodeling project, as part of which Jefferson can either be remodeled at its current location by the intersection of Grand Boulevard and 37th Avenue, or moved to the west end of Hart Field, by the intersection of 37th Avenue and Manito Boulevard, or moved to the northern part of Hart Field, across the street from Sacajawea Middle School.

District grades options for Jefferson Elementary

Jefferson Elementary School has been sitting the corner of South Grand Boulevard and West 37th Avenue for about 100 years, and it’s getting a little tired. The school has been expanded and updated a couple of times, and now it’s time for a major overhaul, paid for by the school bond passed last year. On Feb. 23 neighbors, parents and teachers got to look at the plans for the school update at an open house held in Jefferson’s gymnasium.

Students teach students science

Students, parents and teachers were met by a rather unusual sight when they walked into Jefferson Elementary School the evening of April 29. Right there in the hallway, a cow eye was being dissected, to the delight of squirming kids who couldn’t get close enough to the action, and to the disgust of most parents who were lined up against the wall, refusing to look.