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Spokane Public Schools may seek new levy to ease budget woes

Spokane Public Schools may consider asking voters to raise property taxes to offset budget deficits created by state government changes to school funding along with pay raises given in 2018.


Is Spokane Public Schools’ superintendent leaving? Answer could come by Friday

Shelley Redinger, Spokane schools superintendent, is a finalist for a similar job in Scottsdale, Ariz., and is an applicant for the superintendent job in Nashville, Tennessee.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

School continues as usual after source of Ferris High threat identified

Classes were in session Tuesday at Ferris High School despite a social media threat that prompted a reassuring message to parents the previous night from Principal Ken Schutz.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

DreamBox computer learning bolsters Westview student achievement

Students in Nikki Carney’s second-grade class are adding and subtracting three-digit numbers with ease. And not just any three-digit numbers. These involve carrying and borrowing – tasks that would test …


Shadle Park High School student gets nod from Gov. Jay Inslee for welding prowess

As Gov. Jay Inslee talked about apprenticeships and technical education during his State of the State speech, he turned toward Olivia Perkins and beckoned her to stand. “My dad thought …


Logan Elementary paraeducator, SPS print shop lead operator recognized for distinction

Logan Elementary paraeducator Hannah Alaskar and print shop lead operator Mark Kelly were two of four people recently named Distinguished Classified Employees for 2019-2020 by Spokane Public Schools.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Spokane Public Schools hires new security chief after frequent turnover

Salliejo Evers, a Gonzaga University graduate who has held similar positions in Kansas and Sunnyside, Washington, will take over as campus safety-security and risk management director on Feb. 26.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Baumgartner, soccer league official make case, with visuals, for downtown stadium

The vision for a downtown sports stadium finally has some visuals. They’re bright and full of optimism, much like the news conference hosted Tuesday morning by Spokane County Treasurer Michael …


Assistant secretary, custodian in Spokane Public Schools honored for excellence

Ridgeview Elementary assistant secretary Angela Hayes and Willard Elementary head custodian Dale Floyd were two of four people recently named Distinguished Classified Employees for 2019-20 by Spokane Public Schools. The …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

Trump proposal to use tax credits for faith-based schools draws mixed reviews in Northwest

On the topic of education, President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was met with drastically different reactions in the Pacific Northwest.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

United Soccer League rep coming to Spokane to push for downtown stadium to replace Albi

Spokane County Treasurer Michael Baumgartner and a representative from the United Soccer League will hold a news conference next week to express interest in establishing a team in Spokane – …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Spokane schools superintendent Redinger finalist for Arizona job

Shelley Redinger is a finalist for the superintendent job in Scottsdale, Ariz.,


100 years ago in Spokane: Lewis and Clark High School girls impose midnight curfew on themselves

The high school’s Girls’ Athletic Union passed a resolution stating that school parties should end in time for everyone to get home by midnight. The resolution was prompted by a …


Shadle Park teacher and students take on polarizing politics

In these polarizing political times, teaching high school civics might be one of the toughest jobs.


Spokane Public Schools hold make-up day of classes Monday after early season snow

Monday is a planned weather make-up day. Classes will be held after school was canceled Oct. 9 due to an early season snowstorm.


Jerrall Haynes: Focusing on the three Rs – a plan to review, reinvent, respond

The Spokane Public Schools board has some big decisions ahead. It is too early to dismiss any ideas and respond without more time, study, and information.


New in-school health clinic aims to keep Rogers student body well

Beginning on Monday, Rogers will be the first high school in Spokane to host a comprehensive health clinic, thanks to a three-year, $590,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Spokane schools open to downtown stadium plan if ‘circumstances change significantly’

Spokane Public Schools is willing to consider building a new high school sports stadium downtown, but only if “circumstances change significantly,” according to board President Jerrall Haynes.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Spokane schools to host forums on restoring elementary school specialists

Spokane Public Schools will host four community forums during the next week on the elementary school specialist model, which was one of the most contentious issues arising from last year’s …


Jerrall Haynes’ devotion to his adopted hometown led him to lead Spokane school board

Good things happen for a reason, though Jerrall Haynes couldn’t see it through the snowflakes. A newly minted airman from South Carolina, he arrived in November of 2010 for his …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

Changes to school meal standards could combat food waste but harm anti-obesity efforts, Spokane experts say

Spokane Public Schools nutrition services director sees positives in U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed rule changes to public school meals.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Effort to register high-school-age voters underway in Spokane

“Actually it’s way more important than Rubber Chicken,” said Braden Albertini, who will turn 18 on July 20, of registering to vote. “People in government are deciding what they’re going …


Downtown stadium back on the table, as county treasurer urges school board to reconsider

There’s still a chance that high school athletes will be playing football downtown and not in northwest Spokane in the fall of 2022.


Spokane school boundaries to be redrawn

It has been four decades since school boundaries were redrawn across Spokane. And for good reason.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Ready to rock? Spokane Public Schools board gives Monsters of Rock 2020 the go-ahead

Thirty-two years after hosting one of the biggest rock ‘n roll events in local history, Albi Stadium will do it again this summer after the Spokane Public Schools board gave …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Flyers urge teachers in Spokane, statewide to opt out of union

The flyers, tens of thousands of them, arrived during the holidays at the homes of educators in Spokane and throughout the state. They were invitations from an Olympia-based conservative think …


Decade in Preview: What stories will we see in Spokane in the 2020s?

A national championship for a certain athletic team? Completion of major transit projects? Shopping for groceries in augmented reality? We asked local experts what to expect in the coming decade.


The 2010s in review: Schools faced tragedy, expansion and budget drama

In Spokane, schools were built and new standards enacted even as educators were challenged by violence and the vaping epidemic and curriculum changes – ensuring another interesting decade ahead.


Finch Elementary aims to reduce student stress ahead of the holidays

During Angela Lefler’s first-grade class at Finch Elementary School in northwest Spokane on Wednesday, some of her former students dropped by for an hour of play. Connect, Create and Remember, …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Plan to merge GSL and GNL, reclassify schools moves forward at school board meeting

A proposed merger of the region’s two largest high school sports leagues – Greater Spokane League and the Great Northern League – will move forward after the Spokane Public Schools …