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EDUCATION: Puyallup schools decision making flawed

Letter by Sara L. Kerrick, Puyallup on Nov. 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm | 4 Comments »
November 29, 2010 4:47 pm

This fall, I received an email from the district, a letter from the superintendent, Tony Apostle. This letter was to inform me of changes that were being considered for the configuration of the grades within each school. I say considered but the tone of the letter was more definitive.

It stated that these changes were to occur starting in the Fall of 2012. It was with some surprise when I learned later that my friends who worked within the district were not aware of these purposed changes. Changes that will impact every school within the district to some degree but not the staff? Now there appears to be some back peddling – comments that imply that these changes are not set in stone but being considered.

Then I received my PSD Connections which states “Study of major initiatives begins” but ends with the statement “The new grade configuration is planned for implementation in September 2012”. What this implies to me, based on my previous experience of being on committees for the PSD, is that a decision has been made from the top and now the administrators of the district will engage the parents and perhaps the staff so that they might feel part of the process even though the decision has been made – just an appeasement in the name of parent involvement or staff engagement. It is time for the process within which decisions are made for the district to change.

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