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Board Highlights

A report from the
Puyallup School Board meeting  

  March 2, 2015

Board proclaims March 9-13 as Classified School Employee Week


The school board unanimously approved a proclamation recognizing Monday, March 9 through Friday, March 13 as Classified School Employee Week.


The recognition coincides with Gov. Jay Inslee's proclamation honoring classified school employees this week statewide.


The proclamation recognizes the more than 1,800 classified school employees "working with and helping children in Puyallup's schools and departments."


By supporting the learning environment, classified school employees "are crucial partners with teachers, parents, administrators, and our school board," the proclamation states.


Classified employees are involved in nearly every aspect of education, including maintaining school buildings and school grounds, providing secretarial and clerical assistance, preparing and serving meals, providing safe transportation, keeping school facilities clean, assisting in the classroom, providing a secure environment, and offering many other specialized services.


Brian Fox, executive director of communications, information, and arts education, presented a copy of the proclamation to Jan Olmstead, president of the Puyallup Education Support Professionals Association (PESPA). 


Photo (Top): Brian Fox, executive director of communications, information, and arts education, reads a proclamation recognizing March 9-13 as Classified School Employee Week. (Bottom): Jan Olmstead, president of the Puyallup Education Support Professionals Association (PESPA), displays a copy of the proclamation. 

Other school board business


In other business, the board: 

  • Held a second reading and approved school board policies titled: Student Dress; Drug-Free Schools, Community, and Workplace; Federal Highway Administration Mandated Drug and Alcohol Testing Program; Nepotism; Length of Work Day, Overtime, and/or Compensatory Time; and Conflicts of Interest.
  • Heard a report on dual credit and college in the high school by Mark Knight, executive director of college and career readiness, and Mark Vetter, director of instructional leadership.
  • Heard a legislative update from Board President Pat Donovan, as well as Director Kathy Yang, who serves as the Washington State School Directors Association large school district and legislative representative.
  • Accepted a $3,364 donation from Fred Meyer stores. The money, collected as part of the 2014 "Support Your Schools" campaign, will be used to support the district's Honoring Cultures activities.

Human Resources Report


Administrative Staff Resignation

Roger Smith, Director of Special Education


Administrative Staff Retirement

Elizabeth Knox, Director of Title I & LAP


Certificated Staff Recommendations

Alonso Brizuela, Certificated Substitute

Lisa McConnell, Certificated Substitute

Jon Moore, Certificated Substitute

Reanne Nakapaahu, Certificated Substitute


Certificated Staff Resignations

Rebecca Binger, Teacher

Alecia Ottesen, Teacher

Anna Sutherland, Teacher


Certificated Staff Retirements

Christine Humphreys, Teacher

Carol Johnson, Teacher

Margaret Langston, Teacher

Charles Maiuri, Teacher

Maureen Sinclair, Teacher

Glenda Spray, Teacher


Classified Staff Recommendations

Cody Aden, Assistant Baseball Coach

Serena Berndt, Food Service Substitute

Alec Elliott, Assistant Baseball Coach

Theresa Fremont, Paraeducator Substitute

Jason Gilliam, Hourly Classified

Alina Gnatyuk, HS Office Support

Kwame Hunter, Paraeducator Substitute

Jesse Kase, Assistant Track Coach

Charity McConnell Edwards, PSS Receptionist

Camilla Medlock, Paraeducator

Ashley Olson, Food Service Substitute

Lauren Park, Paraeducator Substitute

Felicia Sandoval, Food Service Substitute

Kerstin Shaffer, Casual

Mary Smart, Secretarial Substitute

Faapua Steffany, Secretarial Substitute

Melanie Stoehr, Paraeducator Substitute

Nancy Thomson, Food Service Substitute

Ann Uluilakepa, Food Service Substitute

Kevin Wray, Paraeducator Substitute


Classified Staff Position Changes

Mandy Aguon, Paraeducator; formerly Paraeducator Substitute

Angela Arteaga, Paraeducator; formerly Paraeducator Substitute

Eva Gamble, Paraeducator; formerly Paraeducator Substitute

Violeta Hueso, Assistant Server; formerly Food Service Substitute

Elizabeth Kelly, Paraeducator; formerly Paraeducator Substitute

Sara Moran, Custodian; formerly Custodian Substitute

Felicia Sandoval, Assistant Server; formerly Food Service Substitute

Theresa Sayama, Facilities Accounting Secretary; formerly Payroll Specialist

Kristi Lynn Whalen, Paraeducator; formerly Paraeducator Substitute

Terrell Widmann, Paraeducator; formerly Paraeducator Substitute


Classified Staff Resignations

Anjelica Harvey, Paraeducator

Lauren Macey, Assistant Softball Coach

Julia Mendel, Bus Driver

Duncan Vuksich, Assistant Football Coach

Stephen Washburn, Assistant Water Polo Coach

Joseph Watkins, Patrol Security Officer


Classified Staff Retirements

Linda Egeland, Paraeducator

James Knox, Applications Analyst

Puyallup School District, Communications Dept, 302 2nd St SE, PO Box 370, Puyallup, WA 98371
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