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PRIDE to celebrate National School Choice Week with special event featuring Mayor Condon

PRIDE to celebrate National School Choice Week with special event featuring Mayor Condon

PRIDE Prep Charter School will hold a special event on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate National School Choice Week, school leaders announced Thursday.

Mayor Condon will open the event by issuing a proclamation recognizing National School Choice Week 2015 in Spokane, to raise awareness of the many public and nonpublic schools that serve students and families throughout our city.

This event will feature activities for students enrolled in the lottery and information for parents regarding the school. PRIDE Prep opens next fall for grades 6 and 7. Each year one grade will be added until the school operates at full capacity serving grades 6-12. A public lottery will be held March 2, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at SCC Lair Auditorium.

The event will be held at Spokane Community College Lair – Sasquatch Room

Spokane lawmakers introduce WSU med-school bill with broad bipartisan support

Spokane lawmakers introduce WSU med-school bill with broad bipartisan support

Spokane lawmakers Michael Baumgartner and Marcus Riccelli introduced bills in Olympia on Wednesday that pave the way for a new Washington State University medical school in Spokane, with broad bipartisan co-sponsorship demonstrating deep support in the House and Senate.

Senate Bill 5487, sponsored by Sen. Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has a total 17 signatures. The measure sponsored by Rep. Riccelli, D-Spokane, House Bill 1559, has a total 60 signatures. According to the Washington State Legislature, the strong support in both chambers augurs well for a proposal that aims to boost medical education statewide and relieve a severe shortage of doctors across the state of Washington.

“I am thrilled to be able to submit this bill,” Riccelli said. “Sixty members of the House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle, from all over the state, are joining together to support a stronger, more vibrant medical school system in Washington.”

Finch Elementary celebrates completion of renovations with upcoming dedication and open house

Finch Elementary celebrates completion of renovations with upcoming dedication and open house

John A. Finch Elementary will hold a dedication ceremony for its newly renovated building on Wednesday, January 21, at 8:00 a.m. An open house will be held the following Saturday, January 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Members of the community are welcome to attend both events.

 

Finch re-opened its doors to students January 5th. The $22.5 million renovation began during the summer of 2013. The school, which is located in northwest Spokane on the northeastern corner of Audubon Park, was officially registered on the National Historic Register on January 8, 2014.

 

Gonzaga earns Carnegie Foundation Recognition of Community Engagement

Gonzaga earns Carnegie Foundation Recognition of Community Engagement

Gonzaga University has received the prestigious 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The classification recognizes institutional practices that demonstrate dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.

 

Gonzaga is one of only 361 universities and colleges nationwide to receive the designation since the program began in 2006.  The university is among 83 schools to be granted the distinction for the first time in 2015 and it will hold the designation for a decade before renewing.

 

“This designation recognizes much more than excellence in community service, for which Gonzaga is well-known,” said Thayne McCulloh, president. “It demonstrates a deep, university-wide commitment to working with the communities we serve, as partners in mutually beneficial relationships that contribute to the public good.  We are very honored by the recognition of this classification.”

 

Community Colleges of Spokane to host MLK Jr. Day events

Community Colleges of Spokane to host MLK Jr. Day events

The Community Colleges of Spokane will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day by hosting guest speakers at each of their campuses. Information for each event is below:


Spokane Falls Community College:

Saul Williams will speak at SFCC on Wednesday, January 21st, at 11:30 a.m. in the SUB Lounges A/B/C. Williams is best known for his slam poetry and music performances, but is also a writer and actor. His book, The Dead Emcee Scrolls, will be on sale at the SFCC bookstore, and there will be time allotted for signing at the end of the celebration. The event is presented by the SFCC Black Student Union

The event is free to attend, and open to the public. For more information contact Carl Richardson at 509-533-3714


Spokane Community College:

Avista reports energy savings success from partnership with Spokane Public Schools

Avista reports energy savings success from partnership with Spokane Public Schools

Avista said energy improvements made to district school from their partnership with Spokane Public Schools (SPS) during 2014 have qualified for $237,189 in energy efficiency rebates and incentives. These are expected to save SPS approximately $65,000 in energy costs annually.

 

Since 2005, the school district has received more than $2.7 million in energy efficiency incentives as a result of this ongoing partnership.

 

According to Avista, the majority of projects in 2014 focused on the new Ferris High School building, which was built with energy efficiency in mind. It includes some of the following features: