Tony Apostle, Puyallup’s school superintendent, has announced his retirement at the end of this school year. Puyallup now has the opportunity to reassess the direction of its schools under new leadership.
As a long-practicing pediatrician in the area, I have thought a lot about the needs of our young people and the value of well-run schools in attending to those needs. To simply maintain the status quo at this time would be a serious mistake. Puyallup needs leaders on its school board with a fresh outlook and some civic experience, somebody who can navigate between solid operations and narrow financial margins, somebody who can communicate and think.
Most importantly, this school board must be capable of choosing a superintendent who can bring about real, positive change to the benefit of our students. One candidate who fits these qualifications and more is Therese Pasquier.
As a civic leader and mother of two Puyallup students, Pasquier has invested everything into our town and our schools. She has served on the boards of several cornerstone institutions in our community, as diverse as Good Samaritan Hospital and the Francis House.
Pasquier offers us the experience and commitment of an active, energized, Puyallup soccer mom. I look forward to her election.