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  • To preserve and sustain the unique character of the Little Spokane River Valley, including it's open space and natural setting.
  • To maintain lower density zoning.
  • To protect the area's ecosystem including water quality, wetlands, priority habitat and wildlife, and dwindling native vegetation.
  • To encourage the development of area parks and natural areas.
  • To educate public officials of the concerns of the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley, and be pro-active when major issues are at the forefront.



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    Welcome to the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley

    Back to School
    by Kirk Neumann
    This September, approximately 640 kindergarten through 6th grade students returned to a newly transformed Midway Elementary School.

    As part of the Mead School District's construction bond which passed in 2015, Midway has undergone a $16.75 million remodel. The school has been nearly totally upgraded from floor to ceiling with several new classrooms being added. Money saving features have been incorporated into the new design such as LED lights with occupancy sensors which turn the lights off when no one is in the room. The carpet has been replaced with tile in the halls, and the sinks have been moved outside the bathrooms.

    These changes are designed to cut maintenance and cleaning costs. The gym has been totally remodeled, complete with a new wood floor and a large door that connects it to the cafeteria. This allows for a larger audience during the school's very popular Christmas programs.

    One of the major challenges during the 15 month project was to perform much of the work while students were still attending classes. This was achieved by rotating classes around and having 8 classrooms in portable buildings behind the school. Now that all the dust and noise are gone, students will be able to enjoy a newly remodeled school for years to come.



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