Sub Office staff honored at school board meeting
Sub Office staff honored at school board meeting
Posted on 01/05/2017

Highlights of the school board meeting held on January 3, 2017

District Highlights

During the District Highlights portion of the school board meeting Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello introduced parent and community member Chris Johnston. With an interest in funding much-needed improvements to the Puyallup High School weight room, Mr. Johnston has initiated an effort to raise money for the work. Johnston’s leadership in the Viking Touchdown Club has led to a focused team of community members and parents willing to volunteer their time and help in find funding. Casello thanked Mr. Johnston and members of the Viking Touchdown Club for their interest in student success in the PHS athletic program.

During a time in which many school districts struggle to find qualified certificated teachers to fill permanent positions, the Puyallup School District has done this and more. Each day, nearly 100% of the time, PSD staff can count on a substitute to fill their position if they need to be away from work. Directors also heard from Chief Communications and Arts Officer Brian Fox who presented the board with five members of the Human Resources Department. Pictured below, honored staff includes (from left) Johna Noble, Tyler Ann Maringer, Melissa Hooker, Rhonda Knudson, and Krista McBride. These staff were recognized for their success in consistently providing substitutes for district security guards, para-educators, interpreters, office staff, unrepresented employees, and certificated teachers at a rate of 99.5% each school day.

HR sub office

Human Resources Specialists Rhonda Knudson and Krista McBride assist applicants and work closely with them to complete applications. They screen applicants to ensure candidates meet district expectations. They also help provide training opportunities focused on classroom management and lesson planning to ensure greater success in the classroom.

Regional Substitute Coordinators Melissa Hooker, Tyler Ann Maringer, and Johna Noble use an automated system and make several personal phone calls to ensure substitute placement for all absences. Each coordinator works with just one region of the district which allows them to focus on fewer schools and develop stronger relationships with personnel.

Reorganization of this department, and the exceptional work of this team have had an incredible impact throughout the district. Most notable are two results:

  • Permanent employees are confident in having a substitute available for them when they are sick.
  • Planned classroom instruction continues because qualified, well-trained substitutes are retained and placed at a rate of nearly 100%.

Board Policy Updates
Directors were presented with a first reading of several 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 2400 – High School Graduation Requirements

Policy 2413 – Equivalency Credit for Career and Technical Education Courses

Policy 3115 – Homeless Students: Enrollment Rights and Services

Policy 3116 – Students in Foster Care (New policy)

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 January 17, 2017.

In other business the board:

  • Heard a report from Chief Instructional Leadership Officer Vince Pecchia about research related to before and after school childcare. The Instructional Leadership Department is exploring programs which offer a continuum of services aligned to academic standards. A full report of the research, including a recommendation for board consideration, will be presented at the next regularly scheduled school board meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
  • Learned about the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015: it reauthorizes ESEA and replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Chief Assessment and Accountability Officer Glenn Malone presented directors with graphics representing the differences between ESSA and NCLB. To see these slides, visit the district website.
  • Received an overview of upcoming board work study sessions presented by Superintendent Tim Yeomans. The board meets five times per year for two-hour work sessions. These meetings, which are open to the public, are an opportunity for board members to hear reports from district leadership, engage in dialogue and ask any questions they may have. Topics and dates for upcoming board work study sessions can be found on the district website.

Upcoming Meetings

The next meeting of the PSD School Board will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 beginning at 6 p.m. at Kalles Junior High, 501 - 7th Ave. SE, Puyallup, 98372.

Beginning Monday, February 6, 2017 and continuing through the end of June, the school board will meet at Edgemont Junior High, 2300 – 110th Ave. E, Edgewood, 98372.