Board of Directors honor veterans
Board of Directors honor Veterans
Posted on 11/08/2018

Directors honor veterans at the school board meeting – November 5, 2018 

At their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, November 5, the Puyallup School District Board of Directors honored veterans during the District Highlights portion of the agenda.


Prior to the meeting, the Rogers High School Wind Ensemble performed two pieces for the growing audience. Filling the Aylen Junior High School stage from corner to corner, band members were dressed in formal attire. Under the direction of Mr. Stephen Pickard, the student musicians set the tone for an evening of respect and honor of veterans in the Puyallup community.  


Chief Michael Moray and the RHS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) presented the colors for the singing of the National Anthem, which was sung beautifully by Rogers High School junior Alliyah Evans. The Wind Ensemble performed a third piece just prior to RHS Principal Jason Smith approaching the podium.  


At their assembly later this week, Rogers High School staff and student body will honor RHS graduate Sergeant Ronald Shurer, recent recipient of the National Medal of Honor. 


Chief Communications and Arts Officer Brian Fox then showed directors photos taken from the recent Culture & Arts Festival. On October 20 the district celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month at thDia de la Raza (Day of the People) a big celebration at the Karshner Center featuring student performances and many professional dancers and musicians. 


Part of the mission of the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts is to create exhibitions and learning experiences which will help visitors make connections between themselves and the world in which we live. Since the Puyallup community is rich with diversity, and since October was Hispanic Heritage Month, the school district sponsored events to enhance cultural awareness, promote cultural competency, and honor students, families, and community members who celebrate a Hispanic heritage. 


Fox reminded directors of the next Culture & Arts Festival which will take place on Saturday, November 17. The district will host the Ukrainian Folk Art Festival at the Karshner Center from noon to 5 pm. Visit the Karshner Center website for more information. 

Fox then drew attention to the new issue of PSD ConnectionsThe newsletter is printed three times each year and mailed to 53,000 residents. Puyallup residents can expect to see Connections in their mailboxes this week. 


Public Comment – One person 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. 

Action Item: Annual Update Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director of Instructional Leadership, Career and Technical Education Maija Thiel provided directors with a review of the annual update on CTE programs in the district. Previously, Thiel had presented goals focused upon collaboration, relationships, and reciprocal partnerships. Goals also include ensuring rigor and relevance.  

The Instructional Leadership Department Career and Technical Education Program asked the school board to consider taking action on a recommendation to accept the Career and Technical Education Annual Report. This report includes the program evaluation and action plan for 2018-2020 school years. Directors approved the report. 

Action Item: Boundary Review Committee – Director of Facilities Planning Brian Devereux reviewed a recommendation for new attendance boundaries to be implemented in September 2019. 

On April 18, 2016, the school board commissioned the Boundary Review Committee (BRC) to review and make recommendations to the board regarding adjustments to school attendance areas. The committee began meeting in September 2016 and had its final meeting on October 9, 2018. 

Over a three-week period in April/May of 2018, the Boundary Review Committee presented its draft boundary plans to the community, in part, through a series of public forums known as Boundary Review Information and Feedback Meetings. A meeting was held at each school in the district except for Walker High School, which has a district-wide catchment area. Feedback was solicited from attendees along with the school community during this three-week period using an online tool called Thoughtexchange. 

A report to the board was presented during the September 28 study session. The recommendation was presented to directors at the October 15 school board meeting. Directors approved the recommendation. 

To see the Boundary Review Committee recommendation, visit the PSD website: BRC Recommendation. 

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, November 19, 2018, at Aylen Junior High located at 101 – 15th Street NW, Puyallup, WA 98371.

During District Highlights the Puyallup School District 2018 Teachers of the Year will be honored. These include Heidi Eshpeter (Woodland), Darcy Holland (Spinning), and Andrew Viniarski (ERHS and GVJH). In addition, Rogers High School will feature their On the Spot College Acceptance program, and directors will recognize Capital Projects interns.