02-03-12: Superintendent Search Observer Panel named
02-03-12: Superintendent Search Observer Panel named

Thirty-two people, including community members and district employees, have been named to a panel that will observe preliminary interviews of candidates vying to become Puyallup School District’s next superintendent.

The panel will observe preliminary interviews of six to eight superintendent candidates on February 15 and 16. The names of those selected as preliminary candidates are expected to be announced at the February 13 school board meeting.

The school board accepted a panel made up of 17 community members and 15 district employees (see names listed below). Names of employees were forwarded to the board through a process that included self nominations and recommendations by employee bargaining units.

Candidates will field questions asked by Puyallup School Board directors, and panelists will provide written input on the candidates’ responses to each of the questions.

Community members who are not on the panel are invited to be in the audience during the preliminary interviews. Unlike the panel, audience members do not need to participate in all of the preliminary interviews.

A form will be given to audience members to share written comments about the candidates. Those responses will be given to the school board.

Preliminary interviews will be held from 4-9 p.m., with a short dinner break, on Wednesday, February 15. Audience members are welcome to bring a sack dinner.

Interviews start at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 16. There will be a three-hour break from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The final interview is expected to end about 9:30 p.m.

The preliminary interviews will take place at the Best Western Park Plaza Hotel, 620 South Hill Park Drive in Puyallup.

The information the panel and audience provides will assist the school board in selecting up to three finalist candidates to return for interviews on February 28, 29, and March 1.

The community will have a chance to meet each of the finalists during public forums scheduled at noon and 7 p.m. on each of those three days.

The noon forums will be held at the Education Service Center, 302 Second St. S.E. in downtown Puyallup. The evening forums will be held on February 28 in the Rogers High School library, February 29 in the Emerald Ridge High School library, and March 1 in the Puyallup High School library.

Community involvement in the superintendent search process has been a top priority for the school board.

The public was invited in November to complete a superintendent leadership profile survey online, and public forums were held in December so that community members could share the qualities they are looking for in the next superintendent.

Superintendent search consultant Dennis Ray, of Northwest Leadership Associates, is leading the national search for Puyallup School District’s next superintendent.

The school board has set a goal of hiring a new superintendent no later than March 30, 2012.

Puyallup School District Superintendent Tony Apostle will retire June 30 after eight years as leader of the state’s ninth largest school district.


Superintendent Search Observer Panel

Community Members

Lauren Adler, Iron Workers District Council of the Pacific NW, and Pierce College Puyallup
Katie Coats, WSU Research & Extension
Julie Curran, Washington State PTA
Susan Kelley Wilson, Fife Sand & Gravel
Philip Leith, Boeing
ErrolLynne Marsh, retired Puyallup school teacher
David Olson, Edgewood City Council
Donna O’Ravez, Edgewood Flower Farm
Therese Pasquier, Tacoma Philharmonic
Cindy Poysnick, Ric Johnson & Associates (former Puyallup School Board member)
Amy Prezbindowski, MultiCare/Good Samaritan Hospital
Diana Seeley, Federal Way Public Schools (former Puyallup School Board member)
Ann Starwich-Claeys, Ann Starwich-Claeys Catering
Thomas Swanson, Pierce County Council & City of Puyallup
Dori Tate, parent
Jack Yoder, retired
Sally Zeiger Hanson, WSU Extension Energy Program

Puyallup School District Employees

Mario Casello, principal at Kalles Junior High School and president of the Association of Puyallup School Principals
Gerald Denman, executive director of diversity affairs
Margaret Englund, campus security officer at Ballou Junior High and president of the Security Union
Amy Eveskcige, chief academic officer, Regional Learning Community #2
Teresa Finley, executive assistant in student programs, curriculum, and assessment
Rudy Fyles, executive director of education support and operations
Stacy Jeffers, teacher at Rogers High School
Laurie Koval, office secretary at Zeiger Elementary School and president of the Puyallup Association of Educational Office Professionals
Kelley Lee, teacher at Pope Elementary School
Karen McNamara, president of the Puyallup Education Association
James Mikita, on-site school specialist with the Information Technology Center
Jan Olmstead, paraeducator at Brouillet Elementary School and president of the Paraeducators Union
John Parker, director of instructional leadership
Lisa Russell-Nolan, principal at Firgrove Elementary School
Julie Speaks, facilities operations manager at Brouillet Elementary School and chair of the Custodial Union