Spokane Public Schools Fall 2014


Community engagement leads to continued public trust, confidence and an informed bond proposal

With a long history of dedication to community and stakeholder engagement using more traditional forums, Spokane Public Schools sought to improve the process of addressing social and economic changes in the region and involve more participants.

Using Thoughtexchange Spokane Public Schools were able to draw on the collective insight of their community and design a bond proposal that kept their promise of not raising the tax rate – a promise they have kept to stakeholders since 2003. Using the same tax rate means the number of projects the District can complete will be reduced compared to past years, but this time around, it was the stakeholders themselves – through the engagement process – who collaboratively put forth their priorities to the District.

"We heard from over 3,500 parents, community members and staff, much more than ever before in a bond planning process."DR. SHELLEY REDINGER, SUPERINTENDENT