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Substitute teacher arrested after losing control at school

Substitute teacher arrested after losing control at school

A substitute teacher at Trent Elementary has been arrested after allegedly assaulting three students.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office arrested 46-year-old Matthew C. Deryan. At least three sixth grade students say the teacher verbally and physically assaulted them.

Sixth grade students at Trent Elementary came home Thursday with a note from the principal detailing what happened. The note said a substitute teacher "lost control" and "put his hands on one or more of our students."

Many of the students are upset about what happened, according to the note. A sixth grader who witnessed the incident said the teacher assigned the group an assignment and at some point afterward he locked the door and then hit a kid and punched another one.

The Spokane County sheriff's office charged Deryan with three counts of fourth-degree assault and three counts of unlawful imprisonment. The sheriff's office says more charges are expected as the investigation continues. There are allegations the teacher smelled of alcohol, used profanities and made physical contract with students.

Parents are invited to get tech savvy for their kids

Parents are invited to get tech savvy for their kids

This Thursday, Central Valley School District wants parents of elementary students to learn all about the technology and social media inundating their children's lives.  It is offering parents an opportunity to learn about cyberbullying, privacy and security, relationships and online communication, information literacy, digital footprint and reputation.

Charter school proposal receives support at public forum

Charter school proposal receives support at public forum

Charter schools for Washington State took a big step forward Monday at a public forum in Spokane.

One Spokane Valley private school made the pitch to become one of the state's first charter schools. It is among 18 others vying for that same privilege.

The audience at Monday night's forum was made up primarily of Pioneer School staff, parents and students. Students like Seth raved about his school and said he was never just "spoon-fed" information.

"There's a lot of hands-on things," Seth said, becoming emotional as he spoke about his school.

There was also a father who said he turned down a job in New York only because he didn't want to take his daughters away from Pioneer.

"Pioneer is that comfortable place for them that they can enjoy," he said.

The beloved private school could become one of Washington's first charter schools, thus collecting state dollars and allowing more students in.

"The best way to think of a charter is that it's simply got more flexibility to innovate and we're actually expecting to perform better and do better by your kids," Steve Sundquist said.

CV bus drivers rally around co-worker

CV bus drivers rally around co-worker

From the Central Valley School District:

Bus driver Teri Perry and her husband Don were overwhelmed by the support of fellow CV bus drivers this morning.

Fill the bus with Toys for Tots in memory of 2 U High students

Fill the bus with Toys for Tots in memory of 2 U High students

It was 15 year old Josie Frier's favorite charity, Toys for Tots.  When Josie and her friend, McKenzie Mott were killed in a car crash this fall, their classmates at University High School wanted to do something in their name.  The entire student body pitched in and brought hundreds and hundreds of toys to donate to the local Marine Corp/Salvation Army's Toys for Tots.

The Albertson's grocery store near U High is continuing the effort.  This Saturday, December 14th, you'll see a school bus in the parking lot of the Albertson's at 32nd and Highway 27.  The hope is that people will fill that bus with toys, in memory of Josie and McKenzie, giving children in our community Christmas gifts they may otherwise not receive.  

(There will be for sale on site that you can purchase and donate.)


Frozen pipes force Adams Elementary shut down

Frozen pipes force Adams Elementary shut down

Frozen pipes meant canceled classes at Adams Elementary School in the Central Valley School District Monday as staff members are working through Tuesday to clean up the damage.

If you thought your Monday got off on the wrong foot you haven't been to Adams Elementary where a number of the school's sprinkler heads froze, flooding five classrooms and canceling class.

"Got the call that said 'I got water coming down the walls,'" Adams Elementary Principal Jeff Dufresne said. "You know it was enough to squish when you step in it."

The worst room hit was Mr. Marlow's classroom in room 207.

You can tell both from the inside and the out where ice is built-up on the exterior walls.

"We've got to dry it out, survey the damage, we've got to start to get new material back, curriculum," Dufresne said.

Monday the only noise you could hear coming from the classrooms came from fans drying them out. They'll be on for another day, which means no classes on Tuesday either for the 450 students who attend Adams. Dufresne wants to make sure the rooms are safe for students to use again.