School Board Meeting Highlights April 22, 2019 (1)
Highlights of the PSD School Board meeting: April 22, 2019
Posted on 04/22/2019

At their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 22, the Board of Directors were reminded of Volunteer Appreciation week and the video recently produced featuring a few of the 10,000 who support students and staff throughout the district. You can see the video here.

Directors then saw photos of students participating in three events held during spring break: the Daffodil Parade, Vesey-Munson Art Show, and Honoring Culture Diversity Celebration.

“Band directors and student musicians from all junior highs and three high schools performed alongside cheer squads and dance teams, while Daffodil Princesses waved from atop their float during a mostly dry Puyallup parade,” reported Brian Fox, chief communications and arts officer.

Student artists from kindergarten through 12th grade showed their work in the first of three Vesey-Munson Art Shows for 2019. The Hobby Hall was transformed into an art gallery by Jack Widmann and Tracy Pitzer. Families and young artists proudly shared paintings, drawings, collage, photography, and three-dimensional artwork.

“Entries have been judged and the artwork will go on to another show at the Pioneer Park Pavilion on Saturday, April 27,” said Fox. “Thanks to a partnership with Arts Downtown, first place winners will receive a monetary prize.”

First place winners will have their artwork professionally matted and framed, and thanks to a new partnership with Tacoma Art Museum, their work will be installed at TAM during the last week of May and be on display in the museum through the end of June. A reception for families and friends will take place at the Tacoma Art Museum on the evening of June 6.

For over a decade now, Puyallup School District has hosted the annual Honoring Cultures Diversity Celebration. Each school was represented in a special display at the fairgrounds during the Puyallup Spring Fair. Each student with artwork, poetry, or other material on display received a ticket to the Puyallup Spring Fair.

To view a full gallery of photos for each event, visit the PSD website: Celebrations during Spring Break.

Next, Rogers High School Principal Jason Smith shared with directors the plans to honor RHS graduate and former Army Staff Sergeant Ronald Shurer. As a recent recipient of the National Medal of Honor, Shurer will be honored with a small monument installed at the front of the school.

Spearheaded by Mr. John Taylor, former Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, the monument will be created and installed at no cost to the school district.

Next, Fox reminded directors of the many construction projects taking place across the district. In a focus on Northwood Elementary, Principal Melanie Helle presented a report to the board regarding the plans for transition to their new building.

Noting the positive climate and welcoming feeling visitors have valued when entering the current Northwood school, Helle shared, “We want our community to continue to feel that ‘spark’ when they visit us.”

Helle introduced two fourth grade students who will assist in opening the new Northwood Elementary building as student leaders, Charlie Molina and Liyanna Goode. Identified as Knights of Integrity, the students approached the podium with poise and confidence.

Charlie and Liyanna spoke of the school district’s newly adopted Second Step Curriculum. “These lessons help us learn to deal with our own emotions and understand how others are feeling too,” said Liyanna. “We discussed empathy and skills for learning such as listening with attention, being assertive, and respecting similarities and differences in others. We learned how to walk in someone else’s shoes to see what they are going through.”

Charlie continued, “We learned strategies to help us calm down in stressful situations such as taking tests or when we have problems with our friends. Stop, name your feeling, calm down.”

Finally, Executive Director of Communities In Schools Jan Mauk presented directors with an overview of the recently held Friendraiser Breakfast in support of the CIS Puyallup program. Mauk reported a total commitment of over $54,000 from community members and partners.

She also announced winners of awards recently presented including: 

  • • Community Partner of the Year: Puyallup School District
  • • Volunteer of the Year: Tracy Eubanks
  • • Educator Citizen of the Year: Billie Lane
  • • Student Citizen of the Year: Sierra Weber

Public Comment – Several people 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.

Board Policy Updates – Directors were presented with the second 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.

Assistant Superintendent Casey Cox provided directors with a review of the changes being recommended.

• Policy 4310 - District Relationships with Law Enforcement and other Government Agencies

Directors approved the recommended changes.

First Reading – Instructional Leadership: Director of Instructional Leadership Maija Thiel presented directors with a request for approval consideration of the purchase of core instructional materials for the following courses:

  • • Nursing Assistant Certification Program
  • • Biotechnology
  • • Introduction to Culinary Science
  • • Personal Trainer
  • • Pharmacy Pre-Technician/Assistant

The Career and Technical Education Department examined potential instructional material options for the programs using School Board Policy 2020 and Regulation 2020R as a guide. On March 21, 2019 the Instructional Materials Committee reviewed and approved the selection process used for the proposed instructional materials. Thiel reported on the process and decision-making done along the way.

Director Thiel identified the following materials for consideration:

  • • Hartman’s Nursing Assistant Care: Long-term Care, Fourth Edition 
  • • A Laboratory Skills Course, Second Edition, published by Bio-Rad
  • • Science and Our Food Supply, published by the United States Food and Drug Administration
  • • NASM Personal Fitness Training, Sixth Edition 
  • • The Pharmacy Technician, Sixth Edition, published by Morton

Directors will consider the recommendation and possibly take action at their next meeting on May 6, 2019.

To see the slides used in this report, visit the PSD website here.

Action: PTA Donation – Chief Academic Officer John Parker presented directors with information about a donation from the Zeiger Parent Teacher Association to the school. He introduced Zeiger Principal Anthony Carrado to explain further.

Carrado introduced Zeiger PTA President Jenni Sillito and thanked them for the generous donation of $7,000. He listed several uses for the enrichment funding including butterfly life-cycle, field trips, and flexible seating options.

Directors approved the donation.

Action: Human Resources – Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Employee Relations Amie Brandmire reported on the initial stages in identifying a new superintendent through the use of a search consultant.

“The Board has received and has carefully reviewed proposals from four superintendent search firms,” said Brandmire. She went on to recommend Northwest Leadership Associates because of their experience and reputation for transparency and collaboration with both the board and the community.

Directors approved the recommendation.

Report: Business Services – Director of Business Services Laura Marcoe presented directors with financial statements for February 2019. Key messages included the following:

  • • February marks the half-way point of the fiscal year. Our General Fund Operating Budget reflects 48.56 percent and 46.24 percent of budgeted revenues and expenditures respectively.
  • • The Debt Service Fund liability balance will continue to decline as monthly interfund loan payments are made to the Capital Projects Fund.
  • • The Capital Projects, Debt Service, Private Purpose Trust, and ASB Funds are all operating as expected.

To view the slides used in this report, visit the PSD website.

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

Upcoming meetings – The next meeting of the Puyallup School District Board of Directors will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019, at Glacier View Junior High, 12807 – 184th Street E, Puyallup, WA 98374.