WSSDA executive honors PSD Board
WSSDA executive honors PSD Board of Directors
Posted on 12/14/2018

On Monday evening, December 10, 2018, Executive Director of Washington State School Directors’ Association Tim Garchow presented the Puyallup School District Board of Directors with their fifth consecutive Board of Distinction Award.

As members of the PSD Board of Directors, “You are part of the largest collection of elected officials in the state,” said Garchow. “The work you are doing in Puyallup puts you at the top in the state.”

Of the 295 public school districts in Washington, only 29 have been honored with this recognition in 2018. Puyallup’s five-year run is “rare in this state,” said the WSSDA executive.

The award recognizes the work of school board directors Chris Ihrig, Michael Keaton, Dane Looker, Maddie Names, and Kathy Yang. 

 Board of Directors

In the photo back row from left: Kathy Yang, Tim Garchow, Superintendent Tim Yeomans and Maddie Names. Seated from left: Dane Looker and Chris Ihrig.

The annual Board of Distinction program honors school boards that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board Standards. The standards, developed and adopted by WSSDA in 2009, promote research-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district achievement and help close the opportunity gap. 

Award applicants submitted essays and supporting evidence to demonstrate how they are putting the standards into practice. This year, applicants addressed the following: 

  • • Set and communicate high expectations for student learning with clear goals and plans for meeting those expectations by ensuring non-negotiable goals for student achievement are established and aligned to the district’s plan.
  • • Create conditions districtwide for student and staff success by providing for learning essentials, including rigorous curriculum, technology, and high-quality facilities.
  • • Hold school district accountable for meeting student learning expectations by evaluating the superintendent on clear and focused expectations.

Applications are evaluated by an independent review panel.