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Board of Directors honor students for their achievement
Board of Directors honor students for their achievement
Posted on 06/08/2017

Highlights of the school board meeting held on June 5, 2017

District Highlights

The Arts

guitaristThe school board meeting was opened with a performance by Avery Johnston, a senior at Emerald Ridge High School. Avery recently took first place in solo guitar at the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) State Solo and Ensemble Contest which was held at Central Washington University. Avery played an abbreviated version of his winning piece called Sunburst.

Following the guitar solo directors honored Rogers Highvase and artist School student Kimi Hamilton for her recognition by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) at the Annual State Superintendent’s High School Art Show. The annual art show begins each year with contests taking place at each of the state’s 19 Educational Service Districts (ESDs). Kimi’s piece titled “Floating Feather” was entered and went on as one of 134 entries which reached the state level.

Kimi’s artwork is a wheel-thrown ceramic vase with an intricate design and features a white feather. Her piece went on to compete in Olympia where it was awarded the Judges Choice Award. Kimi won $200 and learned that Floating Feather will become part of the permanent art collection at OSPI.

Dr. Yeomans attended the awards ceremony and decided we needed to have our own copy of this vase in Puyallup. So Kimi was commissioned to create a replica which was on display at the board meeting.

Indian Education Award

indian ed parentsDirectors then heard from Chief Academic Officer John Parker who introduced Indian Education Specialist Michelle Marcoe (pictured far left) and members of the Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee (also pictured). He went on to explain an award the district has recently won for its “Exemplary Program” under Johnson O’Malley (JOM).

Johnson O’Malley is a federally-funded program which provides supplemental education programs and activities for Native American students attending public schools. The Puyallup School District’s JOM program helps provide a variety of services to our Native American students

Puyallup School District was awarded as an ‘Exemplary Program’ for Johnson O’Malley nationally as one of five regions within the United States. Puyallup’s Indian Education Program and Parent Advisory Committee Board of Directors were nominated and selected by the National JOM Board of Directors for their work in supporting Native American students to be successful academically, to promote their native heritage, and be seen as youth leaders in the region. 

Varsity Letters in Volunteer Service

Next, directors presented the students who havestudent volunteers earned a varsity letter in volunteer service during the second semester. Director of Instructional Leadership Tracy Pitzer joined Executive Director of Communities In Schools Puyallup Jan Mauk to honor several students. Together, these students completed 11,736 hours in community service.

Administrative Interns

Administrative Interns were then presented by Dr. Brian Lowney, chief academic officer. Lowney thanked interns for their contributions at the building and district level during the 2016-17 school year:

internsJuhi Bahtia, WHS

Michelle Bledsoe, Woodland

Nalisha Carter, RHS

Lauralee Chamberlain, Fruitland

Stephanie Clarno, RHS

Sarah Larson, RHS

Ramon Paz, RHS

Cassie Ridenour, KJH

Adam Schakel, BJH

Ann Schumacher, Maplewood

Beth Simpson, Hunt and Pope

Lowney also introduced administrative interns in place for the 2017-18 school year:

Suzanne Cella, Glacier View JH

Kris Diamond, Brouillet

Stephanie Kraft, Ferrucci JH

Patti McMullan, ERHS

Marnie Moore, Hunt

Nick O’Neill, EdTec

Carrie Potis, Meeker

Rebecca Waller, ERHS

Sarah Larson, RHS

Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps

Students making outstanding achievement as members of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) were honored next. JROTC teaches student character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership and diversity. Director of Instructional Leadership for Career and Technical Education (CTE) introduced students to directors.

JROTCThe Semper Fidelis Award was presented to Mateo Grub. He is one of only 100 students across the nation to have earned this honor.

The Iron Women Award was earned by Kendall Thomas who had not only the top score for Rogers High, but was the top female in Washington, Oregon, and California.

Finally, Alec Patajo was honored as MVP for several accomplishments.

Spring Sports Summary

The final presentation during District Highlights was a summary of the spring sports season. Director of Athletics, Health, and Fitness Rick Wells honored outstanding student athletes and coaches.

Wells congratulated the Puyallup High School baseballPHS baseball team (pictured) for being South Puget Sound League (SPSL) 4A champions, West Central District champions, Washington Interscholastic Activities and Athletics (WIAA) State Champions, as well as earning the WIAA Distinguished Academic Award with a combined team grade point average (GPA) of 3.186. The team finished the season with 25 wins and only 2 losses.

The board of directors also commended Rogers Highjumper girls track team member Jelani Heath (pictured with coaches) who earned the state champion title in the long jump. With a jump of 19 feet 10 inches her jump was a full foot longer than the next competitor. This is Heath’s second year to earn this title. Last year Heath was also a state champion in this event.

Public Hearing on Surplus Properties

The Board of Directors then held a public hearing on the sale of Riverside Elementary and Firwood property. Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello reported the many efforts made to communicate the possibility of selling district-owned properties. An advertisement was made in the Tacoma News Tribune newspaper, as required by law, indicating that the board of directors would be holding a hearing to take public comment regarding surplus property and the sale of such properties.

The public notice began a 45-day waiting period as outlined in RCW 28A.335.120 which gives the directors of the board the authority to declare the property as no longer required for school purposes.

Firwood public notice

Riverside public notice

Directors made comment and invited the audience to provide comment.

Regarding the Riverside property, a gentleman in the audience representing a local soccer club expressed interest in pursuing the purchase of the property.

Regarding the Firwood property, a gentleman in the audience representing the City of Fife expressed interest in pursuing the purchase of the property.

Action Taken

Following the public hearing directors approved resolutions to authorize the sale of Riverside Elementary and Firwood properties.

Directors also approved recommended changes to the 2017-18 Student Handbook “Rights and Responsibilities” as presented by Director of Student Services and School Safety Char Krause.

Board Policy Updates

Directors were presented with a first reading of two 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 2151 - Interscholastic Athletics & Activities Eligibility

Policy 4260 - Use of School Facilities

Policy 6540 - School District Responsibility for Privately Owned Property

Policy 6920 - Construction Design

Policy 6950 - Contractor Assurances, Surety Bonds, and Insurance

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 June 19, 2017.

Curriculum Adoption – First Reading

On May 11, 2017 the district’s Instructional Materials Committee (IMC) reviewed and approved the selection process used for the proposed instructional materials to be used in the Advanced Placement Capstone courses being offered at Puyallup High School beginning in the fall of 2017.

Core Instructional Materials proposed include:

• Methods of Discovery (OER)

• Deconstruction Gallery

• Photo Essays including “Revealing the Trauma of War”

• “The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

• Louder Than a Bomb documentary

• Nature and Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

• TED talks: Dangers of Silence and How to Start a Movement

• Counting Graves and other poems

• Civil Disobedience and other famous speeches

• Summer Reading: Mindset by Carol Dweck

Directors will consider approval of these materials at the next regularly scheduled school board meeting on June 19, 2017.

Health Services Report

Chief Assessment and Accountability Officer Glenn Malone presented directors with information about a new vision screening requirement and possible new screening tool called the Spot Vision Screener.

The Health Services Department is not currently stocked with the appropriate equipment necessary to meet the new mandate as outlined in WAC 246-760-071 which requires schools to conduct vision screenings for both distance and near vision acuity using tools which are linguistically, developmentally, and age appropriate.

The Spot Vision Screener would allow the district to comply with the new requirements and provide opportunities for early intervention and equal access to students who may not be able to participate in the vision screening process because of disabilities and/or other barriers which prohibit them from identifying items and/or letters found on the basic chart currently in use.

Malone reported the process to update current vision charts in the district’s health rooms has begun. Purchase of the Spot Vision Screener is being taken under consideration to provide a more thorough and accurate screening process.

Three regional community forums have been scheduled in June to which the community will be invited to see the device, receive information, and provide input.

Forums will take place as follows:

  • June 6 from 5 – 6 p.m. at Rogers High School Library
  • June 8 from 5 – 6 p.m. at Puyallup High School Library
  • June 13 from 5 – 6 p.m. at Ferrucci Junior High School Library

Operations Report – Educational Specifications

Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello presented directors with the timeline and process for developing the district standard secondary educational specifications in preparation for future use.

Educational specifications are the communication between professional educators and design professionals and provide the foundation from which architects design a new school building.

These educational specifications describe the district’s standard for a wide variety of needs in order to have appropriate physical spaces in which to deliver educational programs to students.

Junior High Educational Specifications

High School Educational Specifications

Operations Report – Use of School Facilities

Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello and Director of Operations Bryson Bickler presented recommended changes on Board Policy 4260 – Use of School Facilities. The purpose of such revisions is to ensure compliance with state law and allow the district to update the district fee schedule in a manner which is equitable and fair.

The key difference proposed is the distribution of local non-profit youth groups within one category and non-local non-profit youth groups in another. Because PSD schools are used frequently by district and non-district organizations, the recommended changes will provide equity between the two groups.

To see a detailed accounting of the recommended changes, use the links below:

Facility use policy report slides

Building use fee schedule

Policy 4120 School-Support Organizations

Policy 4260 Use of School Facilities

Business Services

Director of Business Services Laura Marcoe provided the board with financial statements for April 2017. Her key messages included the following:

  • Typically, the highest amount of the spring property tax collection phase is in April.  Approximately $19.3 million, $10.5 million, and $369,000 were received in April for the General, Debt Service, and Capital Projects Funds respectively.
  • Bond proceeds of $213 million was received in Capital Projects at the end of April.

Human Resources

Human Resources Department Activity Memo for June 5, 2017.

The next meeting of the PSD School Board will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017 beginning at 6 p.m. at Edgemont Junior High, 2300 – 110th Ave. E, Edgewood, 98372. This will be the last meeting held at Edgemont Junior High. Board meetings held in July and August will take place at the Educational Services Center at 302 2nd Street SE, Puyallup, WA 98372.

PSD Board of Education Meeting Schedule and locations.