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12/19/2012 9:42:30 AM

CV board recognized
The Central Valley School Board is one of 23 statewide school boards recognized as a 2012 Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA).

Central Valley School Board members Debra Long, Tom Dingus, Keith Clark, MJ Bolt and Amy Mason were recognized during the awards banquet recently held at the WSSDA annual conference in Spokane. During the conference, Debra Long assumed her new duties as WSSDA president for 2013.

The Board of Distinction award honors school boards that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board Standards. The standards, developed and adopted by WSSDA in 2009, promote research-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district achievement.

2013 county budget approved
The Spokane County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $467.8 million budget for 2013 at its Dec. 10 meeting.

During deliberations, Chief Executive Officer Marshall Farnell noted that the 2013 general fund budget of about $129 million will include several new positions. 

"In 2013, the county will hire seven additional 911 operators, a campus security coordinator and a corrections officer for the Juvenile Court," he said, adding that the county will have a strong general fund starting balance of more than $12 million which will help maintain Spokane County's favorable bond rating.

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County Commissioner Mark Richard said budget reductions of approximately 1 percent for 2013 were achieved through the elimination of several positions that were vacant.