Regarding The News Tribune’s endorsements for the Puyallup School Board (10-12): While your choices are all committed public servants, none of them should be elected.
Anyone who has watched the Puyallup School District operate under its current superintendent knows the reasons. The school board simply rubber-stamps the dictates of its leader while leaving the community voiceless. From closing schools to reconfiguration, to firing a popular principal and now to standards-based secondary grading, board members march blindly “forward,” armed only with the biased information provided by the superintendent and his administrative staff.
Board members refuse to listen; because of that, community trust is at an all-time low. Standards-based secondary grading is under way. Ask college registrars about it. Reconfiguration will be recommended by the current superintendent next spring. Ask other school districts about it. Morale is at an all-time low. Ask Puyallup’s teachers and staff about it.
Bond issues? School levies? Don’t even talk about them until faith between the community and its voice, the school board, is restored! The question is clearly a matter of philosophy: Do you want board members who serve the superintendent as they do now, or board members who serve the Puyallup community and its children?
Dane Looker, Klaus Snyder and Kathy Uphaus represent the real change the Puyallup School Board desperately needs.