There’s a critical school-funding measure riding on Puyallup’s Feb. 9 election, and opponents can’t accuse the administration of the Puyallup School District of insulating themselves from the pain of the recession. This from Superintendent Tony Apostle:
In February 2009, approximately 150 district administrators and central office staff that includes the superintendent, superintendent’s cabinet members, building principals, assistant principals, unrepresented professional/technical staff, and unrepresented confidential executive assistants agreed to freeze their salaries for the current school year (2009-10).
This week, 184 staff members representing aforementioned parties have again voluntarily offered to freeze all salary increases, annual salary step increases and cost of living increases for the 2010-11 school year. This effort is in recognition of the current and future efforts that are being made to balance the budget during an anticipated reduction of state revenue over the next several years. To date, I am not aware of any school district other than Puyallup that has announced this action.
I am particularly proud and respectful of the hard-working members of our team who have taken this courageous and sacrificial step. This is being done in an effort to commit as many resources as possible to the classroom and student programs while saving as many staff positions as possible.