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Superintendent learns from students during school lunches

Second-grader Rowan Hill wasted no time familiarizing herself with Superintendent Shelley Redinger Tuesday during a lunch at Arlington Elementary School. The blond-haired girl climbed into a seat next to Spokane Public Schools’ top administrator and told her: “The kids in my class wanted me to ask if we could call you Dr. Red.”

Spokane will seek charter school

Although votes are still being counted on Washington’s charter school initiative, Spokane Public Schools officials have already decided the district will apply to have one if it passes. “If we are trying to do some innovative programs, we should have a good shot,” said Superintendent Shelley Redinger, who helped set up a charter school as a superintendent in Oregon. “Part of it is if we don’t have one to offer our community and someone else does, I’m afraid the students will go elsewhere.”

Education Notebook: Mead orchestra plans spooky event

Witches and goblins, ghosts and ghouls will have a frightfully good time at the Mead High School orchestra’s Halloween Spooktacular Carnival and Concert at 6 p.m. Monday in the school’s theater, 302 W. Hastings Road. Visitors are welcome to join in the costume contest and play carnival games. The carnival is at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 6:45.

Education Notebook: G-Prep gets new science lab

Students at Gonzaga Prep will have a new science lab at the end of September thanks to a $220,240 grant from the E.L. Wiegand Foundation, which supports science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at the school. The grant was awarded in July, and the funds made it possible to build the E.L. Wiegand Science Lab and purchase the instructional equipment for STEM courses to complement the college-prep science curriculum currently in place. The lab will replace the five existing science laboratory classrooms and give Prep the facilities to expand its science courses in STEM fields such as anatomy and physiology, a class that will be offered in the upcoming school year.

School superintendent salaries among state workers’ highest

As the start of school draws near, 34 public school districts in Washington will be led by new superintendents, including the state’s three largest districts: Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma. Most of those new hires will draw bigger paychecks than their predecessors.

St. George’s School adding International Baccalaureate

As Lake City High School ends its high school International Baccalaureate program, Spokane’s St. George’s School is starting one. The private school will become the only one in the region to offer the globally recognized rigorous liberal arts curriculum – one of about 20 in Washington. The school’s incoming freshmen will be the first to qualify for the program.

No break for schools chief

Spokane Public Schools’ new superintendent is wasting no time getting to know the community. Shelley Redinger took the position last week and already she’s met with Spokane’s mayor, police and fire chiefs, visited Spokane Community College’s aerospace program and attended a Spokane-area manufacturing summit, among other activities.

Redinger brings fresh direction, expectations to District 81

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – When people in Spokane were asked what they wanted to see in the next superintendent of Spokane Public Schools, they came up with a laundry list of attributes, but one consistently rose to the top: innovation. Shelley Redinger, the woman hired to lead Washington’s second-largest district starting July 1, has a history of changing the culture and operation of the districts she has headed, even though she’s only 44.

Redinger chosen as new schools superintendent

A Virginia school administrator with deep ties to Eastern Washington will be the next superintendent for Spokane Public Schools. The school board decided on Shelley Redinger Saturday morning, school officials said. Redinger will replace Superintendent Nancy Stowell, who will retire at the end of June.

School finalists quizzed at forums

Spokane Public Schools’ superintendent finalists – Shelley Redinger and Alexander Apostle – were in town this week, where community leaders, area residents and district employees grilled them about their past and plied them for hints about their leadership style should they become the district’s next leader. More than 100 community members attended one or both of the forums held Wednesday and Thursday at Spokane middle schools.