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'CHENEY FREE PREss ..... , ...... I Thursday, October t , K)15 ! r i, ', .... iJ i'ii'," i i" i~, '~i~' ~ :'! ~' i ' By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney School board approved, 4-0, a resolu- tion that requests state legislators fully comply with the Supreme Court's orders in the Mccleary case. Director James Whiteley was absent. The resolution requests the state to comply with the Supreme Court's orders, which include amply funding the cost of K-12 education by no later than the 2017-18 school year. Lastyear the Supreme Court found the Legislature in contempt of court for its repeated failure to produce an ample funding plan and imposed a $100,000 aday sanction on the state until they produce the plan. During public participation, Bill Johns questioned the resolution. He asked where the extra money for education would be coming from if the Legislature cre- ated a new plan. "The Legislature already passed a budget, where's this money coming from?" Johns asked. "Will there be a new state tax?" Director Rick Mount said the district wouldn't know what extra money they would get. He. explained the letter mainly tasks the Legislature to fully fund educa- tion. "They haven't done it by their own numbers/' Mount said. "The dilemma is the Legislature defining basic edu- cation. The fight is going to be "what is the definition of basic education? They've had two years to do it." Johns asked if the district received more money from Legislature would they reduce the local levies? M school board ap By AL STOVER Business manager Chad Staff Reporter early enrollment numbers, The Medical Lake School board district is up 24 full-time Director Henry Browne explained the resolution doesn't speak to levies. It calls upon the Legislature to do something "they've been called to do." In action items, the board approved second readings of policies relating to "Classroom Management, Disci- pline and Corrective Action, .... Child Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Prevention," "Public Access to District Records" and "Evaluation of Staff." The board approved the renewal of the Carl Perkins Vocational Staff and Technical Education Funding Ap- plication for $28,456 to fund a career specialist at Cheney High School. The career specialist would talk to students about college applications, bring in guest speakers and organize career fairs. AI Stover can be reached at resolution, g Is for 2015-16 Moss gave Demonstrating a commitment to intended impact on student achieve- saying the the district motto and mission, "Every ment. equivalent student, Every day," and to ensure all To be informed and support the breezed through a quick agenda at its students. He said numbers are up at Hal- students are prepared to be innovative, implementation of a military family ad- Sept. 22 meeting, lett and Michael Anderson elementary productive citizens in an ever-changing vocate position for the school district. The board approved a resolutionschools and the high school, but down . world. In regards to the military family ad- requesting state legislators comply with at the middle school. Ensuring all students, beginning in vocate, Ames said the position would be Supreme Court orders in the McCleary "We're hoping the projections will third-grade, are provided with informa- for 20 hours a week. Case to fully fund basic education, stay true to the numbers," Moss said. tion and resources to help them achieve "This person knows what she's do- Superintendent Tim Ames said other "Even with the upcoming downtrend, it their career and college goals, ing," Ames said. "We'll generate a plan districts are drafting similar resolutions looks like we'll level out," Moss said. Continuing to develop a high and present it to the board." that task the state to follow the Supreme The board approved its goals for level of understanding for the 2015-16 AI Stover can be reached at Court's orders. 2015-16. These include: district's multiple initiatives and the Drama By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Students who hang around Cheney High School after school may notice some of their class- mates in the hallways or inside the Little Theater, singing or practic- ing monologues from movies, plays and TV shows. CHS' drama club is in full swing with Over 50 students par- ticipating this year. Club adviser Rita Tingley is excited about 'the growth of the program, which had 12-15 students last year, however there are challenges, most notably space. While the Little Theater has been a long' staple at the high chool, it is not adequate space for t dents to practice. Tingley said there is also no backroom space or areas to do makeup, construct sets and make costumes. The school district attempted to remedy the issue by including a new theater for the high school as one of the line items for its $44.88 million Photo by Al Stover Emily Howard practices her mono- logue, which is the character Dil- los' speech from the movie adap- tion of "300." bond proposal, which failed to pass twice earlier this year. "This year the school added an challenges, potential orchestra that uses the theater and the jazz band uses this space in the morning," Tingley said. "The Little Theater gets used throughout the day and it can be congested. I really miss the Fisher Building." Tingley expects more students to come out for drama throughout the year. She said part of the club's ap- peal is that it produces quality pro- gramming that attracts students. "We've also developed this program to where students feel safe to grow, and to try," Tingley said. "The students are a family and supportive of each other. They are all in this together." Jerika Adams and Emily How- ard are both in their third year of drama club. dams said she enjoys meeting ne@ peop!e and the club's atmosphere. While Howard also likes meeting new people, she really enjoys playing different characters. "It's getting a chance to be a different person," Howard said. See Drama page 8 EWU enrollment numbers continue to roll upward By PAUL DELANEY up," and by the 10th day 2005. Fifty years ago in Undergraduate Exchange StaftReporter of the fall term the num- 1965, Eastern Washington (WUE), a program that re- Note: This story was par- bers will become official. State College, then known duces non-resRient tuition tially run in the EWU Back to The school has sur-primarily as a training for eligible out-of-state School special section. Due to passed the 1,700 mark, ground for teachers, was students in 14 states is a publishing error it is being topping the previous expecting total enrollment $11,565 and non-residents pprinted in its entirety, freshmen high of 1,610 of 3,600. pay $22,271. The upward trend in 2008. Graduate programs But value is just part with record enrollment Overall, the enrollment are also showing increases of the improved numbers, numbers continues as is also ahead of last year, after a couple of years of Woolf explained, Chang- Eastern Washington Uni-Woolf said, up about 1 remaining stable, Woolf ing the recruitment mesa versity welcomes its larg- percent from2014's 13,453, said. sage was one of his goals est freshman class ever for the final head count in fall, What's driving the upon arriving at Eastern the start of the 2015-2016 meaning when final hum- trend growth? two years ago. school year. bers become official there One thing Easterntouts "We still talk about our "We're going to havewill be roughly between is it being the best bargain value, an affordable op- our biggest freshman class 13,600-13,700. of any state school. Ac- tion," Woolf said. "(But) ever," Nell Woolf, as- In the past 10 years cording to figures on the we talk about what you sociate vice president for the school has seen just university website, tu- get with the academics enrollment management under a 30 percent gain ition and fees at EWUhere." said. "Right now we're in its population, which are $7,866 for a resident At one time that might tracking 6.5-7-percent was reported at 9,775 in undergrad. The Western have leaned heavy to- Photo by AI Stover Graham and Phelan crowned king and queen Seniors Ty Graham (left) and Tara Phelan pose for pictures after they were named Cheney High School's Homecoming king and queen for 2015 at last Friday night's football game: The follow- ing students were selected as homecoming royalty: Freshmen -- Katherine Clemens, Josie Showalter, Emma West, Maverick Taylor, Zach Jongeward and Garrett Hagel. Sophmores- Leslie Holland, Hannah Lemelin, Kasia Lizama Kaden Hagel, Sergey Kushnerchuck and Kyle Duncan. Juniors -- Mya Geisler, Kristie Mc- Gourin, Nicole Rowley, Colby Blackledge, Evan Schultz and Taylor Nguyen. Seniors --Taylor. Dakan, Amanda Foster, Sadie Knutson, Ryan Axtell, Keenan Loughery and Alden Hubbard. Dukes and duchesses --- Hannah Devine and Jocilyn Boyll, Taylor Calvert and Andrew Gar- rard. wards the teacher-train- nology, Engineering and ing path, but now it is Math) graduates than much more diversified. Central or Western Wash- "Our engineering pro- ington universities do. gram has now had 10 "So yeah, we've kind years to mature and get of been diversified a bit," some buzz going around Woolf said. that," Woolf said. Eastern That new variety seen has a higher proPortion of STEM (Science, Tech- See Enrollment page 8 Four 8onvenienfoc' tiom Spokane Cheney 509.465-1749 509-559-5038 Airway Heights Fairways Plaza 509-244-9968 509-413-2140 STUDENT of the WEEK Whitney Wollweber Sophomore Academic Student of the Week Academic Student of the Week Senior, Josh Strieb Medical Lake Kiwanis Meets Every Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. at the LinDeBee's, except for the first Wednesday of the month.