Highlights of the PSD School Board Meeting
Highlights of the PSD School Board Meeting
Posted on 03/05/2019

Highlights of the PSD School Board meeting: March 4, 2019

At their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 4, the Board of Directors viewed a new video produced by KCTS 9 as part of their Golden Apple Awards. KCTS 9 spotlights outstanding achievements in education to honor exceptional teaching and education innovation in Washington State through a program they call Golden Apple Moments. The Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts is among seven honorees being recognized as part of the 2019 program.

Lynda Belt serves as exhibit designer and program manager for the Karshner Center. She was interviewed by KCTS 9 for the one-minute video highlighting the great things taking place at the Karshner Center. Belt was thanked by directors for her work.

The Golden Apple Moment video will begin airing on channel 9 in late September.

School Board directors then honored educators having earned National Board Certification. Dr. Christine Moloney addressed the board explaining one of the highest recognitions in the education profession is National Board Certification. Moloney introduced ten Puyallup teachers who recently earned this honor including:

  • • Jennifer Choi, Carson Elementary
  • • Alyssa Cummings, Firgrove Elementary
  • • Gloria Fox, Wildwood Park Elementary
  • • Cheryl Hendricks, Ridgecrest Elementary
  • • Lisa Johnston, Special Services
  • • Christina Lindner, Pope Elementary
  • • Rebecca Snell, Kalles Junior High
  • • Amy Splinter, Kalles Junior High
  • • Allison Taylor, Walker High
  • • Catherine Ventura, Walker High

Chief Academic Officer Christine Moloney said, "One of the highest recognitions in the education profession is National Board Certification.  As of this month we have had over 168 Puyallup School District teachers become National Board Certified. These ten National Board teachers have successfully completed a rigorous professional certification process and are deserving of the title National Board Certified."

Board Policy Updates – Directors were presented with the second 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 2320 - Field Trips, Excursions and Athletic Events

Directors approved of all changes.

Report – Instructional and Organizational Alignment – Chief Academic Officer Christine Moloney provided directors with an overview of the timeline to determine the 2019-20 bell schedules for Emerald Ridge High and Glacier View Junior High. With consideration of what best addresses student instructional needs while also taking into consideration financial obligations and equity concerns raised by staff, Moloney presented possible actions to be taken.

Moloney shared the results of the Thoughtexchange in which parents, students, and staff shared their opinions of the block schedule currently in place at the two schools. Schedule options and rationale was provided to the board for their consideration, input, and direction.

ERHS opened in 2000 with a block schedule created by district and building administrators. Later, GVJH opened with a block schedule mirroring Emerald Ridge’s schedule. The GVJH schedule was created under the direction of the principal and building leadership team staff at each building were provided professional development around how to teach effectively in a block schedule.

The block schedule at ERHS and GVJH has provided an option for parents and students within the Puyallup School District. Puyallup Educators Association and the Puyallup School District agreed to address instructional and equity concerns around the block schedule brought forward during bargaining in the summer of 2018. The Memorandum of Agreement stipulated that while working to identify solutions, staff members will receive compensation for their loss of planning time. Compensation adds up to $126,403.40 for the 2018-19 school year.

Directors will consider the information provided and discuss the topic further at another meeting of the school board.

To see the full report provided to directors, visit the PSD website here.

Report – Operations – Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello shared a new delivery method for the addition to Ballou Junior High.

Ballou Junior High School is one of the State Match Projects associated with the 2015 Bond Program. The Puyallup School District’s typical approach to a school construction project is through a design, bid, and build process, which means an architect designs the building, the project goes to bid for general contractors to bid on, and then the project is awarded to the lowest bid. The contractor to whom the project is awarded builds the school.

Casello reported a new approach called General Contractor Construction Management (GCCM). With this approach, the general contractor is selected early in the design phase based on criteria established by the district. The GCCM method is an approach used for construction projects which involve complex scheduling, phasing, and coordination.

The Ballou project will involve some complex/technical work within the environment because students and staff will be occupying the campus during construction.

To see the slides used in this presentation, including a map of the Ballou project, visit the PSD website here.

Report - Business Services: Director of Business Services Laura Marcoe presented the January 31, 2018 Financial Statements for the General Fund, Capital Projects Fund, Debt Service Fund, Associated Student Body Fund, Transportation Vehicle Fund, and the Private Purpose Trust Fund.

As of January PSD is 42 percent of the way through the fiscal year.  Revenues are at 44.09 percent and Expenditures are at 37.55 percent of the operating budget. The Debt Service Fund made the first interfund loan payment to the Capital Projects Fund in January for the amount of $337,000.

In January the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) began to pay apportionment funding based on actual enrollment rather than budgeted enrollment. To see the slides used in this presentation click here.

Action Item – Superintendent’s Contract: Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Employee Relations Amie Brandmire presented a 2019-20 contract and 2020-2021 transition contract for board consideration. Directors approved the contracts.

Action Item - Instructional Leadership: Superintendent Tim Yeomans presented a recommended calendar of meetings for the PSD Board of Directors for the 2019-20. Directors approved the recommendation.

To view the calendar of meetings of the PSD Board of Directors, click here.

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, March 18, 2019, at Glacier View Junior High, 12807 – 184th Street E, Puyallup, WA 98374.