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Student athletes honored at board meeting
Student athletes honored at board meeting
Posted on 12/13/2018

Highlights of the PSD School Board meeting: December 10, 2018

At their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, December 10, the Puyallup School District Board of Directors conducted their annual reorganization of the board. The nominations and voting resulted in the following:

Chris Ihrig, President
Dane Looker, Vice President and WIAA Representative
Kathy Yang, Legislative Representative
Michael Keaton, Legislative Representative
Maddie Names

The new positions will remain in effect until December 9, 2019.

District Highlights – The Board of Directors received a special visit from Washington State School Directors’ Association Executive Director Tim Garchow who presented them with their fifth consecutive Board of Distinction Award.

As members of the PSD Board of Directors, “You are part of the largest collection of elected officials in the state,” said Garchow. “The work you are doing in Puyallup puts you at the top in the state.”

Of the 295 public school districts in Washington, only 29 have been honored with this recognition in 2018. Puyallup’s five-year run is “rare in this state,” said the WSSDA executive.

Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello then introduced Project Management Software Coordinator Katie Dickinson and six interns and student leaders who have been working behind the scenes including: 

• input information into the  AutoCad drawings for each facility

• develop closed captioning for videos

• provide verification of data in district systems

• update drawing logs for site plans

• conduct inventory for Open Text

Students and former students honored included:  

  •  - Matthew Brandmire
  •  - Hannah Gamache
  •  - Riley Greenfield
  •  - Madeline Hornbuckle
  •  - Alyson Newstrom
  •  - Darren Young
  •  - Logan Young

Director of Instructional Leadership, Athletics, Health, and Fitness Jim Meyerhoff presented directors with the Fall 2018 Athletic Accomplishments. This report has been summarized in a story currently posted on the PSD website. To read it in full, visit A successful fall season for Puyallup’s athletes.

Public Comment – Nine individuals addressed the board during the public comment portion of the agenda. The board welcomes the public to its regular meetings. If you wish to address the school board, please fill out a blue comment card upon arrival and give it to the board president or any administrator. Your name will be called by the board president. Public comments are limited to three minutes each. See the Puyallup School Board brochure for guidelines.

For each comment provided, the board president or superintendent will respond if the comment concerns a matter of fact. Otherwise, comments will be referred to the appropriate administrator for a response by mail or at a later meeting.

Board Policy Updates – Directors were presented with a first reading of school board policies which have been revised due to legislative changes, suggestions by the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA), or to implement district efficiencies and effective use of available resources.

Chief Academic Officer Brian Lowney provided directors with a review of the changes being recommended to:

Policy 2190 - Highly Capable Program

Directors will consider approval of these changes at the next regularly scheduled school board meeting on January 7, 2019.


·       •  AP Capstone Update: Chief Academic Officer Brian Lowney and Director of Instructional Leadership Tracy Pitzer provided directors with an update on Advanced Placement coursework and report card transcripting which has been identified as an issue by several colleges, notably the University of California and California State University systems. Lowney and Pitzer reported on the many meetings conducted with parents and students, and the on-going conversations taking place with schools regarding college admissions.

·      •  Instructional Leadership: Director of Instructional Leadership Tracy Pitzer presented a review recently conducted on core instructional materials for grades six through 12 for English Language Arts. Directors were presented the first reading and consideration for the adoption of SpringBoard ELA by College Board. Directors will consider approval and make a decision at their next regularly scheduled school board meeting on January 7, 2019.

·        •  Operations: In follow-up to a concern expressed during public comment at the November 20 school board meeting, Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello provided information on apprenticeship involvement with the district’s 2015 bond projects. Casello spoke of the ways general contractors have been meeting the state requirements in relation to apprenticeship involvement. Casello noted the RCW 30.04.320 rules are not specific from legislation. In the end, the RCW is enforced by Labor and Industries on the contractor, not the owner. The contractor is required to show “good faith” effort towards meeting a fifteen percent target. To see the percentage of apprenticeship involvement on PSD construction projects visit the PSD website: Summary of Apprentice Journeymen Participation in the Puyallup School District.

·      •   Business Services: Directors of Business Services Laura Marcoe presented the October 2018 Financial Statements for the General Fund, Capital Projects Fund, Debt Service Fund, Associated Student Body Fund, Transportation Vehicle Fund, and the Private Purpose Trust Fund.

Human Resources Report – The Human Resources report approved by the school board can be found on the HR webpage here.

Upcoming meetings – The next meeting of the Puyallup School District Board of Directors will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019, at Aylen Junior High located at 101 – 15th Street NW, Puyallup, WA