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A $14.6 million supplemental levy in the Mead School District was resoundingly rejected Tuesday night by district voters.
Construction has become a way of life for students and staff at Cheney High School, with work on additions and improvements now in the second year.
The $4.2 million property tax levy would be collected from district residents at an estimated rate of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value in 2020 and 2021.
Cheney Middle School will have an increased police presence Tuesday after a student reported a school shooting threat written inside a sixth-grade girls restroom stall on Monday.
Incumbent board member Mitch Swenson said the school district needs the two-year capital property levy of 50 cents per $1,000 on November’s ballot to acquire land for future schools and upgrade technology in schools. Challenger Bill Johns said he believes the capital levy is a result of excessive teacher pay increases causing the district to dip into reserve funding.
Both incumbent Cheney School Board member Henry Browne and challenger James “Sonny” Weathers are pointing to their experience as elected officials as reasons to vote for them and think the school district needs to build more schools to address growth in enrollment.
Many area administrators and educators characterize the teacher certification process in Washington as overly burdensome and strict, despite the fact that the state suffers from a teacher shortage.
In 2015, 329 teachers in Washington became nationally board-certified. Spokane-area teachers who just became certified shared their stories.
Parents in Cheney are worried about a new school policy that allows school security officers to use batons and Tasers to control special-needs students. The school district acknowledges the language sounds troubling, but is assuring parents such weapons are not even carried by school officers.The policy, which is based on a state law approved in 2013, is intended to make sure parents are told within 24 hours if their child is restrained or isolated because of behavior, and is being adopted by school districts across the state.
Shadle Park High School is hosting its annual Daddy-Daughter Princess Ball on Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Shadle cheerleaders will host the evening for princesses ages 12 and younger. And, of course, all in attendance are invited to wear their favorite ball gowns and tiaras. The event will including dancing, Dads desserts, punch and coffee, crafts, and photos.
Lewis and Clark High School’s Tiger Drama will take audiences to a magical kingdom under the sea in their upcoming production of “The Little Mermaid” beginning next Thursday in LC’s Auditorium. Performances will continue Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and Dec. 6 through Dec. 8. All shows are at 7 p.m. In the family musical Ariel, played by Genevieve Alexander, wants to leave her ocean home after falling in love with Prince Eric (Brennen Maguire).
Krysten Amaya, a junior at Gonzaga Prep, won the Ignatian Service Award, along with a letter in community service. Amaya has completed more than 200 hours of community service as a Prep student. She has helped to raise awareness of domestic violence; she was the Prep Junior Varsity boys’ basketball trainer during the 2011-’12 school year; she volunteered a number of hours for Pop Warner Football; she kept books, was an umpire and helped coach Riverview’s Little Leagues; donated about 50 hours to bake sales to help the hungry and support a local children’s hospital; donated about 30 hours to help organize and run a fundraiser for a sports program; volunteered with Liberty Lake Days and helped raise money and awareness for youth programs in Liberty Lake.
The Northwest Christian Schools Crusader band department will hold its first spring craft fair at the High School Activity Center, 5104 E. Bernhill Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The fair will include vendors from Washington and Idaho selling wood crafts, clothing, jewelry, paintings and glass works. Northwest Christian students will entertain visitors with music, sell food and raffle off gift baskets.
Cheney Public Schools will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday to kick off construction of the district’s new elementary school. The school, at the corner of Hallett and Holly roads, is yet to be named.
The path to graduation has been long and tough for Harmony Eckert, 19, the notable student from Three Springs High School, the alternative school in the Cheney School District. “When I was younger, I got into trouble,” she said. “I got into trouble with the law. I had become addicted to drugs. I started doing awful in school to a point I didn’t even go to school. I just quit and didn’t want to put up with it.”
The memory of the lab school on the Eastern Washington University campus in Cheney will live on in a new garden. The Robert Reid Elementary Lab School didn’t only teach its students from kindergarten through the sixth grade – it also taught college students who hoped to become teachers. It boasted two towers in which education students from EWU and parents could observe the children in the classroom without interrupting their learning. Construction of the school began in 1958 and the school was open until June 2009.
If one of Lin Frederick’s second-grade students sees another student with his or her head down, not talking to anyone on the Windsor Elementary School playground, the student has a way to make that person feel good about themselves. “You want to go to them and ask if they want to play,” said student Jared Geschke.