Property exchange with city

SPS board to consider property exchange with city

The Spokane Public Schools board will consider an exchange of property with the City of Spokane for the construction of middle schools and library facilities authorized last fall by voters.

As part of an agreement with the city, SPS is proposing to exchange surplus property at 2904 E. Sprague for city-owned property on North Foothills Drive and a second city parcel adjacent to the South Side Landfill near the intersection of 63rd Avenue and Altamont Street.

SPS would build middle schools on the property in northeast Spokane and south Spokane to accommodate a planned move to a 6th-8th grade middle school model that would ease crowding at elementary schools. The city would build a new Spokane Public Library branch on the Sprague property and allow SPS use of the facility for staff training and other uses. Voters authorized funding for the projects in November.

The school board is scheduled to act on the proposed exchange during its July 17 meeting. Public comment will be taken during the board meeting.