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Spokane Public Schools rejected asking for a supplemental levy last week. Here’s what that means.

In trading away the chance for a one-time infusion of $22.5 million and instead spend down reserves, the district increased its trust with voters and time to campaign for a …


Bing Crosby Middle School? Spokane district seeks input on naming 3 new schools

As Spokane Public Schools prepares to build three new middle schools, officials want the public’s best suggestions on what to call them.


Report gives mixed picture of school discipline at Spokane Public Schools

The most encouraging number is a 69% drop in the use of isolation and restraints. A year ago at this time, the district used those measures 3,332 times; this year …


‘It’s time to prepare’: Area school districts adapt to threat of coronavirus

In Spokane and around the country, schools are responding to alarm bells over the growing threat of the coronavirus. For schools, that could mean widespread disruption, including partial closures and …


Spokane Public Schools decides against supplemental levy

A sharply divided Spokane Public Schools board decided late Wednesday night against seeking a supplemental levy in a special election in April.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Public welcome at pair of Wednesday meetings on possible Spokane Public Schools levy

The Spokane Public Schools board of directors will face some tough choices Wednesday night as they consider whether to put a one-year supplemental levy on the April ballot.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Shelley Redinger named semifinalist for top job at Nashville school district

Three days after withdrawing from consideration for a schools chief position in Arizona, Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger is one of five semifinalists to lead the second-largest district in …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 22, 2020

Shelley Redinger withdraws from consideration as Scottsdale schools chief

For now at least, Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger isn’t going anywhere.


Scottsdale school district defers decision on whether to hire Redinger as superintendent

After eight hours of interviews with stakeholders and a three-hour executive session Friday night, the Scottsdale Unified School District board was unable to decide on a superintendent from a three-person …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Spokane Public Schools board weighs options as it considers new levy

The Spokane Public Schools board of directors crunched a lot of numbers Wednesday night, but board members want to see a few more before deciding whether to put a supplemental …


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 …