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Riverside superintendent honored: Ken Russell earns state award for most effective administrator

Ken Russell, superintendent of the Riverside School District north of Spokane, recently earned a Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award from the Washington Association of School Administrators.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 7:47 a.m.

Former national teacher of the year from Spokane attempts to visit immigrant detention center

She’s no longer the national teacher of the year, but Mandy Manning of Spokane is still attempting to make a difference on a national scale. Usually, she’s been successful. Not …


Miss Kendra program coming to Logan Elementary this fall

When classes start at Logan Elementary later this month, teachers and staff will have just completed new training designed to teach them how to support students affected by adverse childhood …


West Valley district refitting old school bus for incident responses

The West Valley School District has turned a 2004 International school bus that would have otherwise been scrapped, or sold, into an incident response vehicle wired for the internet that …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools board passes budget that includes cuts to staff, early Friday release

It will go down as the budget that no one wanted to approve. But pass it did Wednesday night – a $461 million General Fund expenditure for the upcoming year …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools nears ‘interim solution’ to filling safety, transportation position

Spokane Public Schools officials said Tuesday that they are nearing an “interim solution” to fill its open director of safety, risk management and transportation position. The position opened when Santos …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, 7:19 p.m.

School board set to adopt budget that includes large cuts in staff

Capping a summer of conversation and revision, the Spokane Public Schools board of directors is poised to adopt a $461 million balanced budget for the upcoming school year.


Spokane Public Schools emphasizing nutrition, even in tough budget times

The district will continue its scratch-cooking program and will be offering smoothies to students at middle and high schools in the next school year. Though staff reductions hit lunchrooms hard, …


All Fairfax County, Virginia, high school students to be given laptops

All Fairfax County, Virginia, high school students will receive laptops for the school year that starts at the end of August, and plans are in place to put the devices …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

Librarians facing new tasks say crisis isn’t in the catalog

Some public libraries are dealing with so many patrons struggling with poverty, drug addiction or mental illness that a growing number have put social workers on staff. Other libraries have …


A big boost as students head back to school: With help, Big Brothers Big Sisters lends a hand

Eighty children gathered at the Fred Meyer store on Thor Street on Saturday to go school clothes shopping with their Big Brother or Big Sister.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 10:36 p.m.

More jobs would be saved under Spokane Public Schools budget revision discussed Wednesday night

Continuing discussions


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 8:07 p.m.

General election field for Spokane Public Schools board set in stone

Already penciled in on Tuesday, the general election field for the Spokane Public Schools board was etched in stone Wednesday night after additional votes were tabulated.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 11:09 a.m.

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will soon be able to watch schools’ live security footage

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office could have access to live camera feeds for 10 area school districts’ security systems during a mass shooting or other emergencies as soon as this …


New Mead schools superintendent leads district amid budget turmoil

Shawn Woodward has been on the job for only four weeks, but Mead’s new collaborator-in-chief is off to a fast start.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019, 8:48 p.m.

Pullman upgrades security at elementary schools

Pullman has outfitted three of its elementary schools with security upgrades designed to manage who is allowed in.


Spokane’s Todd Carmichael offers to clear lunch debts in Pennsylvania after his own hardships with poverty

The coffee roaster and world-traveler famously offered to clear the lunch debt of impoverished students in northeastern Philadelphia this summer, only to earn an initial rebuke from school board members …


Spokane Public Schools has a lot of numbers to crunch for 2019 budget as beginning of classes nears

The district’s board of directors has authorized up to an additional $3.6 million for next year’s budget. That could mean a combo of options, including reducing class sizes, eliminating so-called …


West Valley School District administrator’s Spokane Valley roots run deep

Kyle Rydell is settling into his office and getting to know the West Valley School District staff, but the new assistant superintendent isn’t really a stranger to the district.


Broadway Elementary’s Analisa McCann receives ESD 101 regional teacher of year award

First-grade teacher Analisa McCann was surprised to see an email in her inbox this spring congratulating her on being nominated for the ESD 101 Regional Teacher of the Year contest.


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 9:59 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools’ new security chief resigns after abuse claims surface

The man recently hired to oversee all security issues for more than 30,000 students who attend Spokane Public Schools resigned Wednesday after he was confronted with allegations made last year …


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 8:15 a.m.

Mead School District to float $14.6 million supplemental levy

According to the district, the money raised would reinstate some paraeducators lost in recent cuts, maintain nursing staff at current levels, increase safety and security personnel and expand learning opportunities …


WSU College of Medicine eyes more instruction on medical cannabis as study suggests doctors reluctant to talk about it

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is looking to incorporate some instruction on the research into the potential medicinal uses of marijuana into their curriculum for the first time …


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019, 9:25 a.m.

New leaders at Gonzaga University include three female deans and provost

This fall, Gonzaga University will debut four new deans, three of them women, and a female provost. That means three out of the school’s seven academic deans are women.


UPDATED: Sun., July 28, 2019, 7:25 p.m.

With the start of school looming, Spokane Public Schools board has loose ends to tie up

Among the issues at hand: With $3.6 million in spending from reserves, how can they most efficiently spend money to better serve students?


Achievements: University of Idaho Spring 2019 Graduates

The following students graduated from the University of Idaho at the end of the spring 2019 semester.


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 4:46 p.m.

Gonzaga, Whitworth receive high rankings for value in recent report

If you’re looking for a good return on your investment in higher education, a


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 7:53 a.m.

That flyer from school won’t get lost anymore: Spokane schools introduce Peach Jar for digital messaging

Parents with students in Spokane Public Schools can expect to find an email in their inbox next week offering them to chance to sign up for a new digital program …


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019, 8:37 p.m.

Spokane schools’ STEM camp offers building blocks for young minds

The Spokane Public Schools’ annual four-week STEM camp draws upward of 300 kindergartners through eighth-graders each at Chase and Shaw middle schools.