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EVSD receives computers from county library

There were no ribbons and bows, but East Valley School District recently got a late Christmas present in the form of 55 Dell computers from the Spokane County Library District. Director of technology Brian Wallace said he had heard that the library district recently upgraded its public Internet stations and had some surplus computers on their hands. “They either find someone who can use them or sell them,” he said.

CV schools eye budget cuts

The Central Valley School District moved ahead with plans to cut its budget during Monday’s board meeting as the district anticipates reductions in state funding that may make last year’s $1.5 million cut pale in comparison. Based on the governor’s proposed budget and the continuing rise in the expected state budget shortfall, Superintendent Ben Small said the district may be looking at cuts in state money of between $2 million and $4 million.

CV’s Chalich receives honor from state bar

When Central Valley High School government teacher Stan Chalich walked into a staff meeting recently, he had no idea he was the guest of honor. It was only when he heard the voice of a former student, now a U.S. Attorney, that he suspected something was up. “I was totally surprised,” he said. “I was actually a little embarrassed.”

‘Twelfth Night’ comes to EVHS

Fans of William Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night” should take note that the play will be performed by East Valley High School students beginning next week. The play revolves around Viola, who spends much of her time pretending to be a boy and finds herself mixed up in a few love affairs. Performances of the production begin Thursday.

CVSD considers more budget cuts

Only a year after Central Valley made $1.5 million in painful cuts to its budget the district is making plans for another round of belt-tightening this spring. The district’s board of directors voted Monday to move ahead with a month of community meetings and staff meetings to identify budget priorities for the 2009-10 school year. While the state hasn’t finalized its budget yet there will almost certainly be cuts in money set aside for education, said Superintendent Ben Small. “I just don’t perceive that we’ll stay whole,” he said.

Schools looking to overhaul math curricula

First-graders in Ellen Briggs’ classroom at Ponderosa Elementary School begin their daily math lesson with the addition boogie. Wiggling their bodies, they chant as a song blares from a classroom computer.

CVHS winter musical will be ‘Secret Garden’

Central Valley High School has selected the classic children’s story “The Secret Garden” as its winter musical. The story follows young Mary Lennox as she moves from India to her new home with her Uncle Archie. Performances of the production will begin Thursday. Each performance will include a full 20-piece orchestra that includes student and professional musicians. The actors and actresses will be clad in Victorian costumes to bring the story alive on stage.

Summer sessions returning to Central Valley schools

Elementary summer school is back this year in Central Valley thanks to an unexpected infusion of federal money at the beginning of the school year, the school board was told this week. Budget cuts last year led to the elimination of elementary summer school in 2008, and middle-school classes were scaled back to only language arts and math. This year district staff is recommending that academically at-risk students in grades 1 through 5 be offered intensive reading and math classes integrated with social studies or science themes. For the first time there also will be English language development classes offered.

Kelsey Matthews has confidence heading into end of the season at CV

You can’t blame Kelsey Matthews for looking forward to this weekend. Oh, sure, the Central Valley High School junior guard was looking forward to back-to-back Greater Spokane League basketball games – Friday with Mt. Spokane and today’s game with Ferris – teams the Bears beat by a combined margin of 80 points. A sweep would give the team a dozen wins.

CV students to make up three snow days at end of year

After nearly an hour of discussion Monday night, the Central Valley school board voted to have students make up three of the five days missed during this winter’s big storm at the end of the school year. The last day of school will move from June 12 to June 17, a Wednesday. “We understand and know that families make plans based on school calendars,” said Superintendent Ben Small. “There’s always a balance to strike between instructional hours and disruptiveness.”

Progress Elementary playground safe, clean

Progress Elementary School has been deemed safe by the Washington Department of Ecology. The playground at 710 N. Progress Road in the Central Valley School District was placed on the state’s Hazardous Sites List because the soil was found to exceed state standards for lead and arsenic.

Valley school districts clear the roofs

The three Spokane Valley school districts took a look at the snow on their roofs and the rain in the forecast and collectively decided to cancel classes on Tuesday in order to shovel snow off of school roofs. East Valley asked employees and community residents to come by any school between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday to help with snow-removal efforts. Many of the roofs on East Valley schools have been plagued with leaks, which led the district to try to pass a construction bond twice in 2008 to pay for repair and replacement.

Freeman students can watch the kids while parents shop

It can be hard to shop for little Johnny’s Christmas present when little Johnny is right there. With that in mind, the Future Business Leaders of America students at Freeman High School will host their annual Freeman Cares 4 Kids event on Sunday. Parents are invited to drop off their children for a few hours of fun while they do a little shopping.

CV asks community for ideas

If patrons of Eastern Washington's second-largest school district were in charge of solving the worsening classroom shortage, Central Valley students could begin learning in staggered shifts or be bused out of their neighborhoods. Another solution might be consolidating the three Spokane Valley school districts – Central Valley, East Valley and West Valley – into one unified district.

CVSD children’s programs to move

Central Valley School District will move the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program and the child-care program from Broadway Elementary School to University Center next fall. The move will open up two classrooms at Broadway, Superintendent Mike Pearson announced at Monday's school board meeting. One will be used for kindergarten students and the other one for a first-grade class.