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Spokane, Wash., newspaper profiles Redinger

Dr. Shelley Redinger

The Spokesman-Review in Washington state profiled Spotsylvania Superintendent Shelley K. Redinger yesterday. The story included information from the reporter’s visit to  Spotsylvania.

School Board Chairwoman Linda Wieland offered her insights.

Below is the lead-in. For the full story, check out the Spokesman-Review.


Redinger brings fresh direction, expectations to District 81

Jody Lawrence-Turner 

The Spokesman-Review

May 13, 2012 – Updated: 5:51 a.m.

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – When people in Spokane were asked what they wanted to see in the next superintendent of Spokane Public Schools, they came up with a laundry list of attributes, but one consistently rose to the top: innovation.

Shelley Redinger, the woman hired to lead Washington’s second-largest district starting July 1, has a history of changing the culture and operation of the districts she has headed, even though she’s only 44.

In the Spotsylvania County School District in Virginia, for example, she worked with the local parks department and sponsors to add lacrosse to the athletic department’s offerings because the district didn’t have enough money to do so on its own.