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Stories tagged: Spokane Public Schools


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 …


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, …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 6:27 p.m.

Shortage of school bus drivers continues as start of school nears

Once again, there’s a shortage of school bus drivers. This year about a dozen are needed, though Durham School Services might hire more to take some of the pressure off …


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, 11:29 p.m.

Two of three Spokane school board primaries have clear winners; Position 1 still up for grabs

Two of the three races for the Spokane Public Schools board appeared clear cut after initial results came back from Tuesday’s primary election, but the Position 1 race was far …


As Spokane Public Schools considers budget, early release Fridays for elementaries seems like a done deal

Spokane Public Schools still has several unanswered questions about next year’s budget. But don’t expect the district and school board members to reinstitute full days for elementary students on Fridays …


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 …


Stuckart and Woodward find almost equal financial support, but in different places

Ben Stuckart and Nadine Woodward have raised – and spent – nearly the same amount of money in their campaigns for mayor. Both describe their base of support as diverse, …


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 …


Spokane Public Schools taps Iraq vet to serve as new director of security, transportation and risk management

When one of the most important positions at Spokane Public Schools opened up this spring, Santos Picacio took one look at the job description and smiled. The job: Director of …


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?


Editorial: An abundance of good candidates for Spokane school board

Overall, Spokane Public Schools is in a good place, but voters need to decide which candidates can best address the challenges the district currently faces and anticipate the next set …


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.


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 7:47 a.m.

Spokane School Board votes to dip into reserves to reduce cuts, but it hasn’t decided what will be saved

The Spokane Public School Board of Directors chose Wednesday to spend more of its rainy day funds but to delay many of the tougher budget decisions facing the district next …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 3:06 p.m.

3 new faces vie for seat on Spokane public school board

The job will last for only two years, but the winner of the Position 4 race has a chance to make a big impact on the Spokane Public Schools board …


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 1:54 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools to consider budget that would eliminate librarians, expand early-release Fridays for elementary students

The school board will consider a $459 million budget Wednesday after layoff notices went to dozens of teachers and staff members this spring. Additional state money was dedicated to the …


Candidates for Spokane School Board offer differing opinions on arming security, budget issues

Whoever wins the race for Position 2 on the Spokane Public Schools board of directors, expect them to take a cautious approach on budgetary issues. All three candidates – Luc …


Candidates for Spokane School Board seat have significant experience in education

The three candidates for Position 1 on the Spokane Public Schools board of directors have extensive experience in education.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Principals assemble new playground at Adams Elementary

More than 100 principals in town for the annual National Association of Elementary School Principals pre-K-8 conference descended Tuesday on Adams Elementary on Spokane’s South Hill to install a new …


Spokane’s third charter school will cater to teen parents across the county

Lumen High School received the OK this week to open during the 2020-21 school year. Organizers hope to locate near downtown and serve dozens of teen parents, whose numbers have …


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 1 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools plans fewer than expected teacher layoffs

Several dozen teachers in Spokane Public Schools will be losing their jobs this year, far fewer than feared in April when administrators issued 183 layoff notices to cope with a …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 9:38 p.m.

A teacher’s odyssey: Mandy Manning looks back on her tenure as Teacher of the Year

Last year, Mandy Manning was named the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. Sudden fame also meant the opportunity to make a difference beyond Spokane.“I don’t know how successful I’ve …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 10:31 a.m.

Most Spokane elementary schools dropping art class in favor of science

Spokane Public Schools are moving ahead with changes to teaching visual arts: Under the format for next year, students in all 34 elementary schools will spend most of their day …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 8:39 p.m.

Special sendoff for Sacajawea’s ‘Queen of Rubber Thunder’ on last day of school

They could have played hooky. But on a beautiful Thursday morning, the kids at Sacajawea Middle School preferred to get sweaty in their old gymnasium and scream their guts out …


Debra Trujillo-Gilbert: Oh, the places a librarian can take you

Imagine your favorite restaurant without its chef, or the Spokane Symphony without its conductor. Your dinner would probably be less delicious and the symphony might be a bit out of …