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Board Highlights

A report from the
Puyallup School Board meeting  

November 2, 2015

 

Board honors Veterans

In recognition of the many assemblies and programs taking place across the district which honor Veterans and teach students the meaning of the holiday, students from Rogers High School and Aylen Junior High School took part in a patriotic presentation at the November 2, 2015 school board meeting.


The Rogers High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) presented the colors for the singing of the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.

Under the direction of Callie Wilhoit, young men from Aylen Junior High School's Falconaires, sang two pieces.  They opened the meeting with Song for the Unsung Hero, then led in the singing of the National Anthem.

Left photo: Members of the RHS Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) present the colors.

Below photo: Members of the AJH Falconaires sing Song for the Unsung Hero (Callie Wilhoit, director).


Board approves pursuit of K-3 Classroom Size Reduction Grant

Chief Operations Officer Rudy Fyles presented the directors with background information regarding State Senate Bill 6080. This bill offers a competitive grant designed to provide funding assistance from the state for the purpose of adding classrooms to help achieve class size objectives for the 2017-18 school year.

Fyles outlined the district's long-range plan which addresses the classroom locations, construction type, costs, and timeline.  At the time of the meeting the state had not yet released the number of classrooms for which the district would be able to apply.

The plan is integrated into the 2015 School Bond proposal which was approved by voters in the November 3, 2015 General Election.  As a result of this alignment, the district is better able to provide equitable distribution of classroom space district wide, thus achieving K-3 class size reduction across the district.  

Additionally, the plan is integrated into regional elementary growth projections for the next twelve years as outlined in the work of the 2014 Joint Classroom Facilities Advisory Committee and Bond Advisory Committee.

In an effort to gather public comment on the application for this grant, the board held a public hearing during the school board meeting.
Board hears report regarding potential investments

Assistant Superintendent Chrys Sweeting 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 project which support improved facility access, technology access, and growing curricular needs.  

While significant improvements in the district's school bus fleet have taken place over the past two years, continued investment is recommended in order to fully fund future bus fleet replacements from depreciation revenue.

These projects were introduced and will be covered in greater detail at the November 16 school board meeting with consideration for approval scheduled at the December 14, 2015 school board meeting.

Other school board business

 

In other business, the board:

  • Heard a status report from Assistant Superintendent Casey Cox and Chief Academic Officer John Parker on the move of sixth-grade students from overcrowded Zeiger Elementary School to the campus of Ballou Junior High which began with the 2015-16 school year.
  • Heard a second reading and approved the following board policies:
  • 2020 - Curriculum

  • 3243 - Student Driving and Bicycle Safety

  • 5275 - Civility in the Work Place

  • 5525 - Professional, Civic and Service Organizations

  • 5641 - Student Teachers

  • 5610 - Substitute Employment

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 2, 2015 Human Resources Report

 

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