Hart Field Preservation Organization (HFPO) filed a suit against Spokane Public Schools on Wednesday, September 7. "The Lawsuit alleges that the bond proceeds may be used only to modernize, replace or rennovate the existing Jefferson Elementary School, not to build a new school at a new location," says a press released issued earlier this week by HPFO. The suit was filed by Dave Bricklin of Bricklin & Newman.
The bond in question was passed in March 2009 by Spokane voters and authorized by Spokane Public Schools to modernize Ferris, Finch, Hutton, Westview and Jefferson Schools, as well as many other smaller updates to other schools.
The battle between the School District and the neighbors surrounding Jefferson Elementary started when the School District first announced that there were multiple sites being considered for the Jefferson Elementary rebuilding project and heated up when the School District announced that the west site option on 37th and Manito Blvd. had been selected by the School Board. HPFO was subsequently formed and now a law suit is at hand.
The School District has not issued a statement yet regarding the suit. There will be an Design Open House at Jefferson Elementary on October 6 at 5:30pm and the latest plans for the new school will be on display.
Read the back story:
Hart Field Preservation Organization Takes Action Against the School District
Jefferson Elementary Plan Revealed
Hart Field Preservation Organization Formed
School Board Votes to Move Jefferson Elementary to the West Site
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School District Sees Fewer Challenges with West Site Option