Honoring CTE support team members
Honoring CTE support team members
Posted on 10/10/2019
CTE team

Board Highlights for October 7, 2019

To begin their meeting, directors were presented an overview of the district’s Career and Technical Education program and took the time to honor those responsible for building and maintaining such a strong program.

Chief Communications and Arts Officer Brian Fox shared, “Students in Puyallup are able to take advantage of an incredible CTE program right here in their own community.” Students benefit from a strong program thanks to a dependable team of adult leaders.

The PSD Career and Technical Education (CTE) team supports the critical preparation of students for direct entry into local high-demand and living-wage careers and the continued post-secondary training necessary for advancement in those fields.

CTE staff engage in work alongside local employers to identify pressing current and future local workforce gaps and economic opportunities that will offer the students in our community the greatest opportunities for exploration, preparation, and engagement that will help their successful transition into independent adulthood.

The Puyallup School District offers 45 courses providing high school core equivalency credit opportunities through alignment with specific academic standards, 47 courses offering dual credit with local community and technical colleges as well as a direct matriculation program with Clover Park Technical College, and over 70 industry certifications, 250 professional development opportunities, and 125 formal student leadership events in the past year.

Fox introduced Director of Instructional Learning for Career and Technical Education Maija Thiel. She introduced several CTE staff including:

General Advisory Chair who serves as a bridge between employers and schools which currently has upwards of 150 active employer partnerships.

Administrative Assistants who track and support over 70 specialized endorsements for over 90 certificated teachers providing over 90 different courses with a total enrollment of over 17K students, as well as the day-to-day purchases related to a nearly $13M budget which involves multiple grants.

Building Administrators with specialized knowledge to support high school CTE instructional goals.

Career Specialists who support student opportunities to connect with employers/colleges/apprenticeships both inside the classroom and outside the school day.

CTE Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSA) who provides personalized supports for the many special requirements of CTE teachers including industry collaboration, student leadership, and annual course updates.

Shared BEST Mentors providing in-depth mentorship regarding model instructional practices for new CTE teachers.

CTE Teacher Trainers who will be delivering the first series of professional courses specifically designed to support the unique needs of CTE teachers over the course of this school year.

Those honored include:

 - Dave Robbs, CTE general advisory chair

 - Tracey Mehrer, administrative assistant

 - Trish Capocy, administrative assistant

 - Angelina Quiles, ERHS assistant principal

 - Ramon Paz, PHS assistant principal

 - Anne Hoban, RHS assistant principal

 - Patti McMullan, ERHS career specialist

 - Shelley Jellison, PHS career specialist

 - Richard Mitchell, RHS career specialist

 - Stephanie Giustino, CTE TOSA & BEST Mentor

 - Tommy Haynes, CTE TOSA & BEST Mentor

 - Pam Reichel, CTE teacher trainer

 - Willie London, CTE teacher trainer

 - Valerie Barabe, CTE teacher trainer

 - Joe Mendoza, CTE teacher trainer

 - Sara Strom, CTE teacher trainer

 - Heidi Matson, CTE teacher trainer

Additional thoughts shared by Superintendent Yeomans reminded the audience of a conversation held by board members several years ago in which it was asked, “How do we make our CTE programs as aligned as possible with industry standards? How do we make sure CTE is integral with every other choice students have in the system?”

Yeomans thanked Director Thiel and the CTE team noting, “The vision has come to fruition. We recognize how difficult that work is and how much effort it takes to sustain it, and we can’t thank you enough.”

“CTE is an important part of the whole path we have in providing all our students a meaningful post high school life,” said Director Keaton. “You guys match kids to dreams early and allow them to accomplish great things – thank you.”

Director Yang added, “What you’ve done here is incredible. You make sure they have a promising future.”

“You reach out to every kid and address their needs, and desires, and dreams,” said Director Looker. “We appreciate you, thank you very much.”

“Thank you for your dedication, and professionalism, and daily work that impacts the unique student story,” added President Ihrig.

To read more about the district’s Career and Technical Education program, visit the PSD website: Career and Technical Education.

Public Comment - Four people 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.

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 2400 – High School Graduation Requirements

    Directors approved the changes as presented. To view the talking points used, visit PSD website: Policy Review Talking Points.

    Report – Director of Students Services and School Safety Char Krause presented information to the board for their consideration regarding the establishment of a discipline appeal council under WAC 392-400-475.

    Washington State law (WAC 392-400-475) gives school boards the option to establish a discipline appeal council to review and reconsider the district’s appeal decisions for suspensions, expulsions, and emergency expulsions issued under WAC 392-400-470.

    A discipline appeal council would hear and decide appeals of appeal decisions already rendered by chief academic officers for short-term suspensions, or the hearing officer for long-term suspensions, expulsions and emergency expulsions. The district’s current practice is for the school board to hear these appeals. The establishment of a discipline appeal council would be in alignment with board policy 3241-Student Discipline and the student handbook established under board policy 3200 Student Rights and Responsibilities.

    The district recommends a fixed term of three years, with members being director level with previous building administration experience. The district also recommends selecting members who collectively represent elementary and secondary education, as well as special and general education.

    Superintendent Yeomans noted that this topic was brought to the board because some board members had expressed interest. “We wanted to make sure you knew it was an option,” said Yeomans. “It’s your option as a board. We can respond to any questions you have and bring it back at a later date.”

    To view the slides used in this presentation, visit the PSD website: Discipline Appeal Council Option.

    Action – Director of Facilities Planning Brian Devereux presented a report updating the district’s Capital Facilities Plan.

    School districts are required to submit an updated Capital Facilities Plan annually to each municipality from which school impact fees are collected to comply with local and state law. For Puyallup School District, this includes Pierce County, City of Edgewood, City of Fife, and City of Puyallup.

    Changes to this year’s CFP update include:

  • 2018-19 enrollments and projections from the district’s Facilities Planning Department
  • Revised student generation factors for single-family and multi-family development.
  • Inclusion of the November 2019 High School Improvements bond program.
  • Inclusion of the Immanuel Lutheran Church property adjacent to Puyallup High School.
  • Revised School Impact Fee calculation of $17,356 per single-family unit and $6,136 per multi-family unit.

Devereux used several graphs to illustrate the ongoing growth in Puyallup schools and the number of students housed in temporary classrooms, also referred to as portable classrooms. The graph below demonstrates the district’s projected student capacity versus projected enrollment. The line with the square points charts the projected elementary capacity while the line with the circle points charts the projected elementary enrollment.

This gap has been significantly reduced with the opening of four new elementary buildings this fall and will be reduced further with the opening of the new Pope Elementary replacement and expansion in fall of 2020.

While there will still be several temporary classrooms used at the elementary level, this gap is being significantly reduced thanks to voter support of the 2015 Bond.

Elem graph

The junior high additions planned at Ballou, Stahl, and Ferrucci junior highs will meet the housing need by 2023. The voter approved 2015 School Construction and Facility Improvements Bond projects have allowed the district to meet the requirements of the program to receive the additional funds, called “Matching State Funds,” which are targeted for construction projects.

JH graph

The graph for the high school shows a significant gap between permanent capacity versus enrollment. With passage of the 2019 Bond the district will meet the housing needs in 2023 and have some capacity remaining to meet the increasing needs over the next few years.

“This is one of the reasons this bond is critical in terms of housing students,” said Devereux. “That’s a large gap – close to 900 students in portable classrooms.”

 High School

To see the slides used in this report, including drawings of each high school campus, visit the PSD website: Capital Facilities Plan Update.

Action – Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Amie Brandmire reported the district had reached a tentative agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers (Custodial). The custodial employees ratified their tentative agreement for September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2021.

Directors approved the Custodial Collective Bargaining Agreement as presented.

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

Upcoming meetings – The next meeting of the Puyallup School District Board of Directors will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 21, 2019, at Ferrucci Junior High, 3213 Wildwood Park Drive, Puyallup, WA 98374.