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Board Highlights May 6, 2019
Korum Ford partners with PHS Automotive program
Posted on 05/08/2019

Highlights of the PSD School Board meeting: May 6, 2019

Directors met at Glacier View Junior High for their regularly scheduled meeting and began their meeting with District Highlights.

Director of Instructional Leadership for Career and Technical Education (CTE) Maija Thiel introduced a new partnership between the school district and Korum Ford/Ford Motor Company.

Thiel introduced several guests including:

  • • Jasmine Mitchell, PHS student
  • Marcus Huff, PHS student
  • • Larry Turner, PHS CTE teacher
  • • Todd Miller, Korum Ford
  • • Gerald Dillard, Korum Ford

“Korum Ford has offered to sponsor the Puyallup students in the Ford Automotive Career Exploration program starting this month,” said Thiel.  “This is a national program that provides special supplemental service curriculum, job shadows, internships, tools/equipment, mentoring, and additional certifications for students. We would like to thank Korum Ford for their sponsorship.”

“Our mission is to take these young people and give them a good direction,” said Dillard.

Students had the chance to address the school board providing testimony of the preparation they have received in class:

“After high school, I have been accepted at Shoreline Community College for the Toyota T-10 program.  I have also been hired by Titus-Will Toyota and will be sponsored by them for the Shoreline program.  I know my path would be immensely different if I had not had the opportunity to participate in the Automotive program and have Mr. Turner as my mentor,” shared Jasmine Mitchell.

“Not only have I learned basic car maintenance,” said Marcus Huff, “but also how to troubleshoot intricate problems.  As part of the daily classroom tasks, we follow industry practices of completing work orders, budgeting, and time management.  Mr. Turner has workplace expectations to prepare us for future careers. Long after graduation, I am sure I will hear his voice saying, ‘If you have time to lean, you have time to clean.’”

Tim and ScottNext, Superintendent Tim Yeomans presented the Washington Association for School Administrators (WASA) Community Leadership Award to Puyallup Police Department Chief Scott Engle.

“I can’t imagine a person more deserving of our recognition and thanks for all of his work and leadership and how he has brought partnership with our school district,” said Yeomans. Chief Engle received a plaque and shook hands with each director.

Finally, Chief Communications and Arts Officer Brian Fox noted May 7 as National Teacher Appreciation Day and played a video of students sharing their favorite teachers and how they had an impact on their lives. The video can be found on the PSD YouTube channel.

Before reading a proclamation, Fox invited Puyallup Educators Association (PEA) President Karen McNamara to share a few words with the board.

“I am honored to be able to come and speak about amazing people,” said McNamara. Asking educators in the room to stand,Karen and flowers McNamara offered praise for all. “I know how much you care,” said McNamara.

“To highlight the tremendous impact our teachers make on a daily basis,” said Director Keaton, “I move that we accept the proclamation for teacher appreciation week as presented.”

Directors took action on the proclamation declaring the week of May 6-10 as Teacher Appreciation Week.

Click here to view the proclamation.

Public Comment – Four 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.

Second Reading – Instructional Leadership: Director of Instructional Leadership Maija Thiel presented directors with a review of recommended core instructional materials for several courses.

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. 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 approved this recommendation.

Action – CTE Mobile Innovation Lab: Director of Instructional Leadership Maija Thiel reviewed a request for a Mobile Innovation Lab for rotating school visits districtwide to engage students and the community in real world career connections to core academics that would launch in the 2020-2021 school year.

 Directors approved the proposed CTE Mobile Innovation Lab. To learn more about the lab, visit the PSD website.

Cari AkeReport – Instructional Leadership: Director of Instructional Leadership Cari Ake provided the board of directors an update on the early implementation of Bridges, an elementary math curriculum. The implementation of Bridges is designed to build capacity for the improvement of instruction and student growth and achievement in the areas of mathematics.

“We have discovered Bridges is a cohesive curriculum that is fully aligned to district standards. It is rigorous, engaging, deepens foundational instructional skills and practices,creates a common language, builds depth of understanding for current grade levels skills, and prepares students for the following academic year,” said Ake.

A video featuring several students sharing their experiences with the new curriculum was then shown. “Their passion and engagement and their active learning with their teachers have inspired them to be comfortable with mathematics,” said Ake, “and that’s tough, too.”

“We’ll have another presentation for a board study session at the beginning of the next school year,” said Ake.

Report – Legislative Changes: Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Employee Relations Amie Brandmire and Assistant Superintendent for Business and Support Services Corine Pennington provided a brief update on Puyallup School District’s 2019-20 budget and staffing plan.

The 2019 Washington Legislature completed the new biennial budget on April 28. There are several significant financial impacts as a result of the new state budget that will require some staffing adjustments. 

Levy authority

“Over the last three years, we’ve had three completely sets of rules with regard to levy. So last year, in 2018, we were able to collect $54.1 million that gave us a levy rate of $3.49,” said Pennington. “In the current year - that’s when the $1.50 per one thousand dollars of assessed valuation kicked in - we’re only collecting $26 million - less than half of what we collected before.”

“After this legislative session, now there is a new set of rules. Instead of $1.50 per thousand or $2,500 now it’s $2.50 per thousand of assessed valuation or $2,500 per student.

“Since 2019 is the first year of a four-year levy, we have some work to do,” said Pennington. “If we increase the levy -- if we go to the voters and increase the levy -- we have to see what the net effect is on levy equalization. We want to get a whole picture . . . so the board can make good choices moving forward.”

Amie and CorineK-3 class size compliance

“As of September, in order to generate funding for smaller class sizes we’ll have to maintain a districtwide average of 17 students in grades K through three,” said Pennington. “We’re already in the process of hiring additional classroom teachers and specialists for those classrooms in K-3.”

School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB)

“The School Employees Benefits Board is a newly created state agency that is now set to take over all health benefits for schools across the state,” said Pennington. “It’s going take place January 1, 2020.

“An eligible employee is defined as working at least 630 hours a year and that’s going to give that employee full benefits as if they were a full time FTE,” said Pennington. “If there are employees that wave that, the school district is still required to pay the district’s portion of the premium and the employee’s portion has been agreed through a bargaining agreement between the office of financial management - a state agency - and a coalition of unions that got together and they negotiated an agreement. That is going to cost us a rough estimate of $3.5 million.”


“Our staffing process begins with our finance team, the development of our proposed district budget, and the student enrollment projections for the coming year,” said Brandmire. “Each of our collective bargaining agreements contain some sort of staffing provision.”

For certificated instructional staff, there are many steps and communications deadlines which have to be met leading to the statutory notification of non-renewal deadline, which is May 15.

For certificated instructional staff, the district considers:

  1. 1. Attrition (known or anticipated retirements and resignations for the coming year);
  2. 2. Employees holding non-continuing contracts (employees issued a one-year contract for the current year);
  3. 3. Involuntary transfer process (IVT) per the Collective Bargaining Agreement (based on staffing projections or attendance boundary revisions; and lastly,
  4. 4. Employees holding a statutory provisional contract (employees within their first three years of teaching or experienced teachers who are brand new to Puyallup).

“Our hope every year is to limit our reductions through attrition, non-continuing and provisional contracts, and to prevent a reduction in force (RIF) or a lay-off,” said Brandmire. “I’m very happy to confirm to the board that although we will need to make limited reductions through some provisional non-renewals, Human Resources will not be recommending today a reduction in force or lay-off of our certificated instructional staff.”

The district continues to review classified staffing projections, special education support, the operational budgets, district administrator staffing, administrator attrition, and other reductions throughout the district that may be needed this year and in the coming years.

“Given the K-3 class size compliance requirements, we now have quite a bit of hiring capacity at our elementary level,” said Brandmire. “We have limited capacity at our secondary level, and we have openings within special education.

“The district staffing process is evolving daily,” said Brandmire. “The numbers are ever-changing every day. We will continue to monitor and adjust accordingly as we do every year throughout the fall.”

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

  • • The spring property tax collection phase has begun. Approximately $1.8 million, $3.1 million, and $67,000 was received in the General, Debt Service, and Capital Projects Funds, respectively.
  • • The Debt Service Fund liability balance will continue to decline as monthly interfund loan payments are made to the Capital Projects Fund.
  • • The Transportation Vehicle, Capital Projects, Debt Service, Private Purpose Trust, and ASB Funds are all operating as expected.

To view the financial statements 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 website.

Upcoming meetings – The next meeting of the Puyallup School District Board of Directors will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019, at Glacier View Junior High, 12807 – 184th Street E, Puyallup, WA 98374.