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Students honored for earning varsity letters
Students honored for earning varsity letters
Posted on 02/04/2020

Board Highlights for February 3, 2020

During District Highlights, directors saw photos of the students on their first day at Kindergarten Academy. More than 100 four- and five-year-old students started their first day of school in the district’s new program on January 21.

These students represent the first class of a transitional kindergarten program designed to support children who have not had an opportunity for preschool and show an ability and/or need for a developmentally appropriate kindergarten readiness experience.

There are six transitional kindergarten classes strategically located amongst the three regions in the district. Classes are held at Dessie F. Evans, Firgrove, Northwood, Pope, Spinning, and Wildwood elementary schools. These locations provide options for local access for families.

Next,Tracy Pitzer, director of instructional leadership honored 33 junior high and high school students earning a varsity letter in volunteer services.

In order to earn a VLVS, students must complete 150 hours of volunteer service and submit a short reflection essay on their experience and how volunteering has impacted their life as well as the community. “I personally have the honor of reading each and every reflection and they inspire me,” said Pitzer.

Students in seventh through twelfth grade have an opportunity to earn a letter twice a year. Emerald Ridge High School senior Mitchell Klein received his seventh varsity letter in volunteering in 37 projects and over 1,000 hours.

The kindness and generosity the students give to the community does not stop once their hours have been met. Many of the students continue with their volunteer work.

"Volunteer service has made an impact on my life and community by allowing me to see into others' lives and truly see the importance of kindness and love. As a counselor, I learned how different everyone's story is, and the fact that you never know what people are going through until you truly know them. Being kind and choosing love . . . (will) make the world a better place."
Puyallup High School junior Tanner Pierce
Resident Counselor for middle level Leadership Camp
Peer tutor in Unified Sports
Kalles Junior High SLERC Committee
Puyallup Foursquare Church - kid's ministries

Since the district awarded the first VLVS three and a half years ago, Puyallup students have logged 56,214 hours of volunteer service - 11,096 of those hours in the past twelve months. The business community qualifies this as equaling $351,965 in economic impact. However, that is not why our student participate.

"Being considerate toward others is being considerate toward yourself. You cannot help but feel fulfilled and happy. I am beyond thankful for all that the volunteer service has taught me, in how to become a better person."
Rogers High School junior Grace Nice
Rogers High School Renaissance
Rogers High School Rambassador
Ballou Junior High School Boys Basketball Manager

Congratulations to all the students and thank you for your dedication and commitment to serving others. Those earning letters include:

Lauren Allen

Tehnaya Brewer

Jacob Carver

Kya Coffman

Lauren Cryder

Andrew Duncan

Alyssa Fortson

Mitchell Heeb

Sean Jellison

Malena Kamel

Maneet Kaur

Mitchell Klein

Molly Klein

Borey Kong

Emilee LeVeque

Kaitlyn Liu

Peter Liu

Yalaynah Matulevich

Grace Nice

Michelle Owen

Trevor Owen

David Patterson

Tanner Pierce

Virsaviya Polishchuk

Kya Rice

Dyanna Rivera

Gavin Sayles

Charisma Smith

Gabriel Soulier

Anna  Spagnolo

Sabrina Suce

Kailey Thomas

Victoria Trivitt

Cameron Welborn

Tahlia Williamson

Tia Wolcott

Makaela Woolley

Board Policy Updates – Directors were presented with the first 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 3207 - Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

Policy 3211 - Gender-Inclusive Schools

Directors will consider the recommended revisions and make a final decision at their next meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6 p.m. at Ballou Junior High School.

Report: Business Services – Director of Business Services Laura Marcoe shared financial statements for December 2019.

Marcoe presented the following key message for October 2019 Financial Statements:

  • The fiscal year’s first principal and interest obligation of $28.6 million was paid out of the Debt Service Fund in December.
  • The Capital Projects, ASB, Debt Service, Transportation Vehicle and Private Purpose Trust Funds are all operating as expected.

Marcoe also noted a decline in enrollment during the month of January. However, she noted an overall increase of about 350 students since the beginning of the year. “We have seen incredible growth this year,” said Marcoe.

Marcoe also noted that state auditors have been in the school district to protect against the misuse or misappropriation of public funds. “This year they will be examining the federal funding portions of our child nutrition program and our special education program. They will also review our financial statements and review the district’s financial sustainability. They will look at accounts payable and payroll dispersements, ASB transactions, cash receipting, deposits, and a variety of other areas.”

To view December 2019 Financial Statements, click here.

Action: Board of Directors - Regarding staffing and program reductions, School Board President presented the following resolution:

WHEREAS, the Puyallup School District is restructuring and reorganizing in a manner that makes efficient use of public funds and resources, while also preserving and improving the student classroom experience; and

WHEREAS, reductions in the District's administrative, instructional and/or classified staffing, as well as educational programs, may be necessary to achieve such reductions and reorganization in pursuit of the efficient use of public funds and resources, in support of the student classroom experience.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Directors of the Puyallup School District that:

1. The Board hereby authorizes the Administrative Designee to take such action as is necessary to restructure, reorganize and/or reduce the educational program of the District as follows: non-represented administrative staffing (a minimum of eight (8) FTE), classified staffing, certificated staffing, and educational programs or offerings (as is necessary within the Designee’s discretion to make the most efficient use of public funds and resources); and

2. The Administrative Designee is directed to take such action as may be required by law, collective bargaining agreements, or Board policy to implement such action, including timely notification of certificated and/or classified employees who will be affected by the implementation of the restructured staffing and/or educational programs.

3. The Administrative Designee is to return all employment recommendations to the Board for final action.

Directors approved the resolution.

Action: Human Resources – In presenting a proposed contract for the new superintendent, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Employee Relations Amie Brandmire noted how exciting and busy the month has been in the selection of a new superintendent.

Dr. Timothy Yeomans’s transition contract and retirement was approved at the March 4, 2019 board meeting. The Board has conducted a thorough search and has identified their top candidate for superintendent – Dr. John A. Polm.

The Board and Dr. Polm have negotiated a three-year contract effective July 1, 2020 through 2023. Brandmire presented the contract for board consideration.

Directors approved the contract as presented.

Action: Operations – Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello asked directors to consider a motion to accept the donation of materials and labor with a value of approximately $6,000 from Ricky Hewson, Nordvind Company, to install a base for the Washington State Arts Commission project to be installed in the Shaw Road Elementary School courtyard, as per District Policy #6114.

Assistant Principal Julie Schlumpf provided directors with greater detail about the artwork and the excitement among students and staff.

Directors approved the donation.

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

Upcoming meeting – The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Puyallup School District Board of Directors will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at Ballou Junior High, 9916 – 136th Street East, Puyallup, WA 98373. To see a calendar of all board meetings click here.