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Page 10 Free Press Thursday, March 19, 2015 continued from page 1 three courts, more in the other gyms in the Phase plus nine more in the Jim Thorpe Field House. Last year there were three more courts on the ice rink at the University Rec Center but some hockey events precluded that this time. The PNQ is staged the last two weekends of March.' "The way we determine our dates is when Eastern has spring break," Stark said. EWU, the Hub in the Spokane Valley and the Spokane Convention Center make up the other venues. The PNQ has grown by 58 teams over last year. "Percentage-wise in one year, that's quite a jump," Stark said. This is the 18th annual PNQ, an event that began when USA Volleyball wanted to give the teams in the area the opportunity to win a bid to Nationals without the large travel costs. "After the first year! my dad took it over and has been the executive director since,." Stark said of her father, Russ Po- age of Spokane. The PNQ started with just 50 teams, Stark said. Working as a teacher, plus conducting registration the first year was once a doable chore. As it grew every year Stark and her father recognized the need for adding an employee. "So Inow work full time," Contributed photo Pacific Northwest Qualifer Volleyball players from across the U.S. will participate in the Pacific Northwest Qualifier, staged the next two weekends in three area venues, including EWU's Reese Court. for PNQ the wife of Cheney Middle School principal, Mike Stark, and EWU grad said. Stark believes the PNQ represents possibly the largest economic impact to Spokane and the surrounding areas of any tourism events. The two-week tour- nament provides 13,000 room nights. By comparison, the next highest is Ironman in Coeur d'Alene which fills 8,500. "Given the size of the teams, the length of the event, and the fact that there are so many teams from out of town, the hotels and restaurants and stores get lots of business," Stark said. "The fact that it is a girls" junior event makes the PNQ's shopping factor huge." The tournament was able to accom- modate additional teams with the recent expansion of the Spokane Convention Center and Stark said the PNQ could continue to grow with the building of a new fieldhouse near the Spokane Arena. "We're crossing our fingers for that new sports-plex that may be in the works with County Parks," Stark said. With the success the PNQ has shown, there had been some discussion about bidding to host nationals. "But USA Volleyball tends to look for a location where all events are under one roof so-to-speak," Stark said. "We're ones that have multiple venues." Part of the success and growth has been attributed to how well teams are treated, Stark said. "We are able to keep it personal," she said. "I think there's something to be said about that." That's why the PNQ sees so many teams come back from most every West- ern state plus Texas, Illinois, and many more. "It's a more friendly place," Stark has been told. The 2016 PNQ will likely feature a slightly new look as USA Volleyball is restructuring their older divisions. Younger groups will replace the loss of an estimated 20 teams in the older ages next year; Stark said. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page 1 Kassidy Probert, the district's executive direc- tor of finance, said he estimated yearly staffing costs for a second high school at between $1.5 million to $1.8 million. He added that the district's recently approved three- year maintenance and operation's levy will come in at $9.1 million in its first year. Adding administra- tive costs of a second high school would "max out" the district's annual levy capabilities. As for construction of a second high school, NAC Architecture principal Keith Comes told the board building a school with a capacity of 1,000 students would run approximately $65 million, not includ- ing land costs and other site needs such as athletic facilities. There would also be another $50 million in costs needed to modernize the current facility. The current $44.88 million bond proposal is part one of a two part process to add capacity for up to 1,900 students, continued from page 1 tion requested coming to $52,480, plus 10 percent in contingencies. The work will include chemical pre-cleaning of leaving the building ca- pable of handling esti- mated growth through 2027. The second part to modernize the existing building would require another $42.9 million bond in 2025. Comes said by then the district should be directors felt there had been a thorough public process provided for in- put about the high school prior to February. Direc- tor Rick Mount noted the district held five informa- tion meetings at various schools in the run up to the bond. "If I took my shoes off I could probably count all of the people who attended all five forums on my fin- gers and toes." Cheney School Board Director Rick Mount eligible to receive $25 million in state matching funds. In bond informa- tion sent to voters the district also said it would likely need to build an- other elementary school within six years. District officials believe the lack of voter turnout in February, just over 37 percent, along with a mis- understanding about the needs at the high school for expansion, contributed to the bond not receiving the required 60 percent for passage. Several board wells 5 and 7 this fall to see which one is next. The council approved the second reading of Or- dinance W-45 adopting the city's updated Parks and Recreation Corn- "Once it (50-acre Park) gets up and going it will be a nice thing out there." City Administrator Mark Schuller prehensive Plan. The council held off on the third reading and final passage at the request of Councilman John Taves, who said he had found some areas of concern but had not had a chance to speak with Ableman on them. PJ, Sfvl,, fl3,,,,u the casing and borehole, cleaning the pump col- umn and shaft exteriors and applying an Aqua Feed CO2 treatment. Public Works Director Todd Ableman said the city will be cleaning about one well per year, and will take a look at P;zz , • • BBQ "If I took my shoes off I could probably count all of the people who attended all five forums on my fingers and toes," Mount said with some frustration. "It's hugely disappointing." Director Suzanne Dolle also said that the idea of adding a second high school had been dis- cussed in meetings of the citizens advisory commit- tee where the bond pro- posal was developed. "The steering commit- tee felt it wasn't a viable Council did pass a pair of ordinances amending portions of zoning code language and removing the requirement of a spe- cial designation for an overlay zone in the com- prehensive plan. Council also passed a resolution supporting citizen's ef- forts to purchase and re- locate the 1929 Northern Pacific Railroad Station, sometimes referred to as "The Depot." In staff comments, Schuller said work on finishing the 50-acre Park along Betz Road is getting underway soon, with crews installing option," Dolle said. "It was a few years ago, but that's what I remember." In casting the only no vote, Director James Whiteley said it was a "very difficult decision," noting he has four chil- dren currently attending Cheney schools. Whiteley said he is not opposed to the project, but felt the timing was wrong for another bond vote so soon after the $79 million middle school bond in 2010, and was unhappy promises made to voters at that time to keep tax- payers' total district tax rate under $5 per $1,000 of assessed proper.ty val- uation proved undue. According to infor- mation from the Spo- kane County Assessor's website, the district tax rate in 2014 and 2015 is just over $5.10 per $1,000 of assessed prop- erty value. Passage of the bond would ad 75 cents per $1,000 valuation to this amount, begin- ning in 2016 and running through 2027. In asking the board to hold off on the bond, dis- "Once it gets up and going it will be a nice thing out there," Schul- ler said. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com. trict resident Alison Prob- ert said the board has a responsibility to students and to taxpayers. 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