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PUYALLUP: Change needed on school board

Letter by Karen L. Wallin-Worley, Tacoma on Aug. 24, 2011 at 9:19 am | 15 Comments »
August 24, 2011 2:03 pm

In reference to the tongue-lashing of Puyallup voters in your editorial (TNT, 8-19) about the primary election results, I’d like to make a few things clear.

Therese Ngo Pasquier was a finalist for the Puyallup School Board position two years ago that was ultimately given to current director Chris Ihrig by the remaining board members. While Pasquier deserves credit for her willingness to serve the community, those of us who have followed the Puyallup School District closely have reason to be concerned about her close ties to the current board members, Superintendent Tony Apostle, and their exclusive leadership practices.

It is also important to point out the Apostle asked her to run. The current board members are silently campaigning for her as well. Puyallup’s schools need change.

Her opponent, Dane Looker, recognizes the deteriorating relationship between the Puyallup School District leadership and its constituents. Like most of us, he’s seen current board members ignore the voices of the public they were elected to represent and serve. He’s concerned about the declining confidence citizens have in district leadership and their core educational values.

Most of all, Looker’s election would influence the most important decision the next board will make: the selection of the new superintendent of the Puyallup School District.

While Looker won’t actively campaign for the Puyallup School Board, he needs to be elected.

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