Hart Field Preservation files suit against Spokane Public Schools

Hart Field Preservation files suit against Spokane Public Schools
Hart Field Preservation files suit against Spokane Public Schools

The Hart Field Preservation is filing suit against Spokane Public School District 81 today.

The history of the lawsuit started in 2009 when voters approved a SD81 bond that would authorize the district to modernize schools.

The Hart Field Preservation organization says that relocating Jefferson Elementary to 37th and Manito Boulevard does not constitute the definition of modernize.

Hart Field Preservation attorney, Dave Bricklin, says the suit asks the Spokane Superior Court to enter a ‘declaratory’ judgment that the bonds may not be used to build a new school in a new location.

“The District is limited by the terms of the bond to modernize, replace or renovate the school at its existing location,” Bricklin said. He continued, “If successful, the lawsuit would preclude the District from using bond proceeds illegally.”

Other schools going through modernization include Ferris, Finch, Hutton, Westview, Salk and more.

SD81 is using funds from $288,000,000 worth of bonds.

Last month, SEPA determined that the proposal to move Jefferson Elementary was unlikely to have significant adverse environmental impacts. Public comment ended August 31st.

Court Document: You can read the “Complaint for Declaratory Judgement” online.