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School Board Meeting Highlights

Board Highlights February 27, 2017

Highlights of the school board meeting held on February 27, 2017

District Highlights

EJH Band


The PSD Board of Directors will be meeting at Edgemont Junior High for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year. They were welcomed to EJH by the jazz band. Under the direction of Mr. Andy Burch, students performed two pieces, Summer Breeze and Jamin’ With Charlie.


After thanking the student musicians for their music, Chief Communications and Arts Officer Brian Fox introduced board members to a new name for the district’s Information Technology Department. With a focus on engaging learners every day, this department is now known as the Educational Technology and Engagement Center, or EdTec.

Being identified as an Educational Technology and Engagement Center better represents the mission of “Education through engagement.” The change in name will remind everyone of the new focus. Those interested in learning more about the change of name can visit the district’s website to find Introducing the Educational Technology and Engagement Center.

To help with the branding of this new name ideas were solicited from students in Puyallup High School’s Graphic Design class. Taught by Jennifer West, this class is part of the district’s Career and Technical Education program (CTE). CTE courses are designed to prepare students for access to meaningful post-secondary opportunities in a highly competitive global economy. 


Several students in Ms. West’s class were commissioned to design a logo for the Educational Technology and Engagement Center (EdTec). The design chosen for the new logo was created by Rian Kasner. The logo is starting to show up in the email signatures of those working in the EdTec Department. It’s also being used in presentations and on websites.


 Both Rian and her teacher, Ms. West were congratulated for their work and shook hands with each of the directors.

 Teachers, students, and community members at Stewart Elementary have also been working hard to create a new “brand” for their school. The Stewart Stars have been identified by a bright yellow sun wearing sunglasses for many years. Thinking it was time for a new logo, Principal Elissa Dornan decided to use this as an opportunity to rethink the school’s image and discuss the Stewart culture.


Stewart StarDornan shared with the board about the journey which was similar to those at EdTec. She contacted Ms. West at PHS and together they developed an opportunity for Graphic Design students to create a new logo for Stewart Stars.

 Dornan asked staff and students, “What are we about and how will others know what we are about?” The goal was to find a logo which would encompass a college and career ready culture at the school. Another goal was to give high school students the opportunity to use their skills in having an impact in their own community.  

Six top designs came from PHS to Stewart for their consideration. All students, staff, and community were invited to participate. Use of social media helped involved a lot of people and eventually favorites were determined.

tewart Logo
PHS Graphic Design Team

The staff favored a design by Emma Hodges. A design by Andrew Jostens was the favorite among students. To honor each, Emma’s design is being used on all communications and staff spirit wear. Andrew’s design is being used by Stewart PTA on all spirit wear worn by students.

Emma and Ms. West were congratulated by the audience with applause while they shook hands with directors of the board. 

LAP WorkshopFox then shared with directors the successful Early Learning Providers Conference held last Saturday at Woodland Elementary. 

About 120 early learning providers who work in the Puyallup community daycares and preschools were at Woodland Saturday for a free day of professional development with the focus on kindergarten readiness and developmentally appropriate practices. 

The district partnered with the Kiwanis to provide lunch for participants who heard sessions presented by district staff, Puyallup Public Library, WSU Extension Center, and YMCA staff. The keynote address was presented by Erin Jones. 

Action Taken

In regular business, the board took action on the following items:

-        Approval of the schedule of board meetings for the 2017-18 school year.

-        Acceptance of a donation for the purchase and installation of a play structure from Zeiger Elementary PTA in the amount of nearly $21,000.

-        Due to overcrowding at the elementary level:

o   The temporary move of sixth grade students from Fruitland Elementary to the Aylen Junior High campus beginning in the fall of 2017.

o   The temporary move of sixth grade students from Mountain View and Northwood elementaries to the Edgemont Junior High campus beginning in the fall of 2017.

o   The temporary move of sixth grade students from Sunrise Elementary to the Ferrucci Junior High campus beginning in the fall of 2017.


Board Policy Updates
Directors were presented with a first reading of several 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. These policies include:

     Policy 2022 – Electronic Resources and Internet Safety

     Policy 3245 – Students and Electronic Devices

Assistant Superintendent Casey Cox provided directors with an overview of the changes being recommended. Directors will consider approval of these changes at the next regularly scheduled school board meeting on March 6, 2017.

Empowering Puyallup – Classroom of the future

Executive Director of Instructional Leadership Mark Vetter addressed the board regarding two model classrooms testing new technology at Edgerton Elementary. Vetter presented a five minute video featuring students of classroom teachers Tara Harrison and Amy Tutty.

As part of the Empowering Puyallup initiative, EdTec has partnered with the PSD Operations Department to develop two model “Classrooms of the future” at Edgerton. The environment being developed is for implementation at each of the five construction projects as part of the construction bond approved by voters in November 2015.

The elementary classroom of the future, as reported by Vetter, will include:

  • Classroom sets of computers
  • Two wall mounted charging stations
  • Two LCD panels
  • Wi-Fi saturation
  • An Acer 2 in 1 tablet for the teacher
  • Ability to de-tether from the desktop
  •  Monitor and full-size keyboard for teacher

To see the video presented at the meeting, visit the PSD website to read The classroom of the future in Puyallup.

Bond Oversight Committee Report

Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello presented an update from the Bond Oversight Committee including recommendations for bond project modifications.

The committee met on February 8, 2017 and discussed proposed codes and material upgrade costs. After discussing several projects and analyzing the schedule, committee members are recommending compliance with mandatory building code changes. They also recommend material and system upgrades for the entire bond package.

Further updates include:

-         - Traffic improvements for each building project that is under consideration.

-         - Significant changes are anticipated for fiber communications.

-         - Internal technology infrastructure will not result in additional cost.

To see the PowerPoint slides used in this presentation, and view the specifics for code increases as presented use the links below:

BOC slides for February 27, 2017

Code Increases February 8, 2017

Human Resources

The HR report approved by the school board can be found at the following website: Human Resources Department Activity Memo for February 27, 2017.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the PSD Board of Directors is Monday, March 6, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Edgemont Junior High, 2300 – 110th Ave. E, Edgewood, 98372.