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Board Highlights

A report from the
Puyallup School Board meeting  

November 16, 2015


Board celebrates election results

Current election results from the November 3, 2015 General Election were presented to the board.  Executive Director of Communications and Information Brian Fox reported that current results show 69.05% of voters have supported the district's School Construction and Facility Improvements Bond.

While final results will not be certified until November 24, directors and audience members expressed a most positive response with applause.  

"Thank you to the staff, thank you to the teachers ... and principals ... that was a huge and exciting day for the district," commented Vice-President Looker, "We look forward to construction projects starting up soon."

Fox concluded, "We appreciate the many people in our district and in our community who have spent months, and even years, working towards the development of a bond proposal and passage of the proposition.  The future is bright for elementary students in Puyallup."

Additionally, there were races for the school district board of directors' positions on the November 3 ballot.  Congratulations were expressed to Director Ihrig and Director Looker for their re-elections.  Newly elected Director Michael Keaton, attending in the audience, was also congratulated and welcomed.

Director Keaton will attend his first school board meeting as director on December 14 at the regularly scheduled school board meeting at Aylen Junior High School beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Tribute and recognition of Pat Jenkins

Out-going board member Pat Jenkins was praised for his service to the students and staff of the Puyallup School District during his four-year term which began in 2011.  Superintendent Tim Yeomans stated Jenkins was always very positive and professional.

Directors each had the opportunity to thank Director Jenkins for his work.  Director Looker identified Jenkins as an "advocate for our community."  Noting his impact through influence and relationship, Director Ihrig praised Jenkins for his grace and quiet calmness and ability to get to root issues. Director Yang thanked Jenkins for his "thoughtful questions at study sessions, and ability to look at issues deeper."  She also looks forward to continued work with Jenkins as a fellow volunteer in the Good Samaritan Readers program.

During the tribute, student actors and musicians from Puyallup High School performed portions of their current production of Oklahoma!

Above photo: Puyallup High School students perform at the November 16 school board meeting.

Left photo: Student musicians provide accompaniment from the orchestra pit during a performance from the Puyallup High School production of Oklahoma!

Director Jenkins was presented with a plaque and plant basket in appreciation of his service.  "I cannot think of a better time for this district than right now," responded Jenkins.  "There are an incredible number of people who are doing fantastic things for our students every day.  It's been an honor to have been a part of it."
Board Recognized as Board of Distinction

For the second consecutive year, and fifth time overall, the Puyallup School Board has been named a Board of Distinction in Washington state. The board is one of nine school boards statewide to receive this honor from the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA).  There are 295 school districts in Washington state.

Of greater distinction is the fact that Puyallup is one of only four districts statewide to have earned this award five times.

The Board of Distinction program honors school boards statewide that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board Standards.  The standards, developed and adopted by WSSDA, promote research-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district performance.  These standards are used by the Puyallup School Board as part of their self evaluation process, which takes place four times each year.

A plaque will be presented to the board on November 20 at the annual WSSDA conference in Bellevue.
Board hears second presentation regarding potential investments

Assistant Superintendent Chrys Sweeting and Chief Financial Officer Corine Pennington presented an overview of several one-time investments for the directors to consider.  Sweeting noted that during the last ten years the district has foregone the implementation of several projects which support improved facility access, technology access, and growing curricular needs.

Due to legislative uncertainties, the district has set aside resources in a fund balance.  It is recommended that these funds be used for one time expenses aligned to the following topics:
  • Class size reduction
  • Field maintenance and replacement
  • Instructional facility upgrades and enhancements
  • Bus fleet sustainability
  • One-to-one devices for students
  • Opening of a new school (construction funded in the recent bond proposal)
To see the recommended expenses in greater detail, see the slideshow used in this presentation: Investments for Continued Sustainability

Other school board business


In other business, the board:

  • Heard an overview of the upcoming Consolidated Program Review from Chief Special Education Officer Kathy Ehman.  Programs funded by the state and federal government are reviewed in this way every four years.  Beginning in December, 14 programs in our district will be audited.
  • Heard a report about the current English Language Learner (ELL) Program and Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD) Program from Director of Instructional Leadership Dana Harris and several district GLAD teachers.
  • Received an update on financial statements for August and September as presented by Laura Marcoe, director of business services.
  • Heard a first reading and approved the following board policies:
  • 2022 - Electronic Resources and Internet Safety

  • 5650 - Employee Dress

Human Resources Report


Beginning with the September 14 issue of Board Highlights, the Human Resources report approved by the school board can be accessed on the Human Resources Web page on the school district website.


View the November 16, 2015 Human Resources Report


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