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PUYALLUP: School district still has work to do

Letter by Philip W. Noss, Puyallup on Jan. 11, 2011 at 9:17 am with 3 Comments »
January 11, 2011 10:12 am

The Puyallup School District is about to make a momentous decision – grade reconfiguration – without any advisory input from independent committees, students or parents. An “advisory” committee has been formed, but it is not independent. I was told by a member of the committee that they were informed in no uncertain terms that they were to support the grade reconfiguration, period.

The superintendent, Tony Apostle, is talking out of both sides of his mouth. Apostle is quoted (TNT, 11-18) as saying that the implementation “is expected to begin in September 2012.” But the same article quotes him saying that “nothing has been decided.” What’s the truth?

Apostle and the school board need to commit to the following:

• Explain why grade reconfiguration is necessary.

• Describe in detail the configuration of the school day at the three high schools, and how each problem raised by overcrowding will be addressed, before moving ahead with a decision.

• Explain to the voters why this move will not result in the need for a new high school.

• Abide by the wishes of the community.

There is a deep-seated suspicion that the soothing talk about going slow, wanting input and having patience is just a façade. The board and district employees need to do a better job of convincing us that this decision will be made on its merits, or not at all.

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  1. 20 or 30 years ago, people moved to Puyallup partly for the excellent standard of public education. The concept of private schooling was unthought of. Since Apostle and his crowd took over supported by an inept series of board members, the quality has gone into a death spiral.
    Private schools in the area such as Cascade Christian have seen incredible growth as they are needed.
    When was the last time you saw or heard of a Puyallup or Rogers grad getting a great 4 year college degree and then being offered a Rhodes scholarship or something equivalent. You won’t !
    Apostle and his entire office of clowns should be chased out of town.

  2. Fibonacci says:

    IQ
    So you equate he quality of a school district by how many Rhodes scholars they have? How many students does Cascade Chrisian have compared to, oh say, Rogers, Puyallup, and Emerald Ridge? Maybe 1/10th? I am not familiar enough with Tony Apostle to be for or aginst him, but I would disagree with you, I think the Puyallup District is as good as or better than most. By the way, no, I don’t work in the district and my kids have all graduated and moved on, and very successfully I might add.

  3. bristoldog says:

    I would be happy with the following as pointed out by Philip.

    Apostle and the school board need to commit to the following:

    1. Describe in detail the configuration of the school day at the three high schools, and how each problem raised by overcrowding will be addressed, before moving ahead with a decision.

    2. Explain to the voters why this move will not result in the need for a new high school.

    I can see and understand the need for the grade reconfiguration. I would really like to know the details of how this can happen with out over crowding our already over crowded high schools

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