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EDUCATION: Puyallup schools decision making flawed

Letter by Sara L. Kerrick, Puyallup on Nov. 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm with 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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  1. mcclureakjg says:

    I had the exact same feeling when I read that article in the Connections magazine. I do not understand PSD’s decision making process. Like a few years ago when the district closed down Hilltop Elementary School. A friend of mine worked there and received notice from Tony Apostle that the school was closing. A few days later I read or heard that the district was having public meetings to discuss the possibility of the school being closed…….I think the decision was already made. It is no wonder Puyallup School District cannot pass a Bond.

  2. enotrams says:

    The real problem in Puyallup is not one of school configuraton but rather school district leadership.

    This decision has long since been made by the PSD superintendent and of course those who know him can attest to how open minded he is. No amount of public comment will change this disaster in the making, unless of course that public comment comes at the polls in 2011 in the form of electing three new school board directors who aren’t in the service of the superintendent.

    Puyallup’s blind and deaf school board, does just exactly what they’re told to do by the superintendent. Pronouncements about gathering public input and studying impacts are little more than lipservice when an outcome has already been determined.

    This leadership and school board are out of touch with district employees, students, parents and the rest of the community.

    How many more heavy handed, closed minded, ill advised or clueless actions have to be made by this administration and school board before the community says enough?

    How many more times do we have to listen to this superintendent and his administrators tell parents that they don’t understand how schools work or that parents just don’t know what students need?

    Changing to middle school is not going to solve PSD’s problems, but it will have the effect of compounding existing problems while creating new and greater problems.

    Voting no every time there is a school bond or levy election is not the answer. Voting NO on an incumbent school board member’s re-election bid is!

  3. Wow.

    It sounds like there is trouble in River City.

  4. Mr. enotrams,
    You are right! And we need more public publication and discussion in the media (including names) regarding who is and who is not serving the kids well. This people can use to vote the bums out. We need to kick *** and take names. Hee Haw

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