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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.
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 Arts announced Wednesday that Chris Cook, who has published two books of poetry and has been an active member of the Spokane poetry community for decades, is the new Spokane Poet Laureate.
Kate Lebo, Mark Anderson, Laura Read and Megan Cuilla will guide participants through the writing process. In the end, the pieces will be an anthology and cookbook.
Brighter classrooms. More windows. Larger hallways. Study space. Middle school students ask officials to design new middle schools with kids in mind.
Poetry at the Podium will give more than 30 poets a year the chance to read a poem at council meetings during the time set aside for “Words of Inspiration.”
It probably won’t be a bestseller, but Mark Anderson and Rick Romero just wrote the book on local intergovernmental cooperation.
The ballots already going out to voters are asking Spokane County residents to reduce the property taxes they give for schools. Sort of.
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.
Professional yo-yo player. Longtime Spokane Symphony trumpeter. Foosball champion. Of all the titles that dot Chris Cook’s eclectic résumé, “poet” is the one he’s most proud of.
A proposal to arm Spokane Public Schools resource officers has been scrapped.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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’ 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 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.
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.