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Though much is unknown, here’s what Spokane Public Schools say about plans to reopen

Teachers and administrators acknowledge that conditions are changing rapidly as the countdown to the next school year shrinks to fewer than 40 days. The district has been developing preliminary plans for mask-wearing, school-day schedules, transportation and nutrition services for those who choose to go back to buildings, when and if they're allowed to open in the fall.

It’s a long road to get back to school

Spokane Public Schools is jpdoing the math, and so far it doesn’t add up. If students are to return to school this fall, only about 20 will fit inside a typical classroom and still comply with social distancing requirements in the face of COVID-19.

Spokane’s next poet laureate is Mark Anderson

The 29-year-old, who grew up in Mica, an unincorporated community between Spokane Valley and Freeman, founded Broken Mic, the long-running performance poetry open mic, held Wednesday nights at Neato Burrito in downtown Spokane.

3-Minute Mic brings lively literary energy

You’re encouraged to be relatively quiet in a bookstore, to browse and read silently without disturbing anybody. That’s not the case with 3-Minute Mic. On the first Friday of every month, the main floor of Auntie’s Bookstore is overrun by poets, and they aren’t shy about being heard. “We’re pretty loud, we clap,” said local poet and 3-Minute Mic host Chris Cook. “It’s not a typical book reading at a bookstore. We don’t do the library thing.”

Finch Elementary placed on state heritage register

John A. Finch Elementary School was placed on the Washington Heritage Register at a meeting of the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation in Spokane last week. “We are really happy about that,” said Mark Anderson, Spokane Public Schools associate superintendant. “The next step is to get on the National Register of Historic Places, but that should be pretty close now.”

North Central’s balloon shop benefits buyers, sellers

At North Central High School’s balloon shop, Dreams Inflate, the student workers are bracing for the Halloween rush. Last year, Valentine’s Day was so busy they had to set up an assembly line to keep up with demand.

Poets engage in word war

Every year since 2004, slam poets from all over the country (and some from outside the United States) have convened for a weekend in some city to compete for the glory of being named the top performer in the world of slam. It’s the Individual World Poetry Slam (iWPS), and Spokane is serving as host city for this year’s events. Think of them as the Linguistic Olympics, except there’s only one gold medal. The 2013 iWPS (the poets pronounce it “eye-whoops”) begins with a wild card slam on Wednesday, followed by two days of preliminaries in which the competition will be whittled down from 72 poets to a mere dozen. On Oct. 5, the final 12 will perform, and whoever receives the highest score will be the winner.

Schools, TV station consider cutting ties

Spokane Public Schools’ board voted unanimously Wednesday to begin negotiations with KSPS about the possibility of separating the public television station from the school district. If KSPS’ board – the nonprofit Friends of KSPS – decides tonight it wants to do the same, it would be the beginning of the end of a 45-year partnership.

Spokane Public Schools avoids further cuts

Spokane Public Schools’ budget situation for the 2012-’13 school year is better than it has been in almost a decade, meaning there will be no layoff notices or agonizing decisions about which programs to cut. On the contrary, nearly 60 instructional assistants will be hired back, three more elementary early intervention teachers will be brought on board and several classroom positions, including a special education teacher and a bilingual specialist, will also be added to the payroll.

Spokane schools officials’ pay frozen

Spokane Public Schools central administrators’ pay will remain unchanged for the 2012-’13 school year, district officials announced Monday. The decision comes as the district’s upcoming budget is being finalized.

Broken Mic Night

Every Wednesday at Neato Burrito from 6:30-9 p.m., Broken Mic Night hosts poets and writers who share their work in an open mic format.