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Puyallup School District NO. 3 Director Position 3

4-year term. No salary, but some districts offer small per diem for evening meetings. School Board members, or “directors,” are the elected governing body of the school district, serving four-year terms. The school board’s governance responsibilities fall in four major areas: Vision – a focus on student achievement through a comprehensive strategic planning process; Structure – prudent financial planning and oversight, as well as diligent and innovative policy-making; Accountability – specific goals and a process for evaluating, reporting and making recommendations for improvements; and Advocacy – championing public education in the local community and before state and federal policy makers. The School Board sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional district superintendent and certificated teaching staff and personnel. One of its critical duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any school levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The board sets policies and approves all spending via the budget. It also sets salaries for school district employees.

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    Amanda Cuthbert

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    Michael Keaton

Biographical Information

What unique qualities about yourself, your experiences, and your education separate you from the other seekers of this office?

What, in your opinion, are the three most pressing issues facing your school district at this time?

How would you address the one at the top of your list?

How would you balance educational opportunities between schools?

How would you assure the safety of all students in your schools?

What are the issues that need to be addressed to provide racial equality in the schools?

How should technical training be offered in the secondary schools?

How can the schools provide adequate education for homeless, immigrant, refugee and non-English speaking children at all levels?

Phone (253) 691-8810
Town where you live Puyallup
Experience (300 characters max) I am a board member with Washington Childcare Centers Association where I am an advocate for early learning. I am a Center Director at KinderCare where kindergarten readiness is a focus to help close the education gap.
I am the only candidate with a background in Early Childhood Education- the foundation upon which all other learning takes place. I have a deeper understanding of how school budgets work. I have established myself as a trustworthy leader for my teachers, increasing their engagement and reducing attrition. I have proven myself as an advocate, testifying in Olympia on behalf of educators and families.
1. Bridging the gap between the teachers and the School Board. 2. Hiring a competent and trustworthy superintendent. 3. Focusing on the achievement gap and equity in our schools to ensure education for all of our students meets their individual needs.
As an ally to the teachers, and a business savvy leader, I believe we can meet the needs of our teachers while remaining fiscally responsible. Keeping our teachers in our district has to be a priority. We can not continue to devalue them and have them seek higher wages and respect elsewhere.
Schools that are struggling need more support- not rewarding schools that are already excelling! We need to ensure equitable educational standards from one school to the next.
Ensuring we have mental health support in our schools, proper training about how to handle various crisis situations, and educating the children about safety are a great start.
Representation and education on racial issues- past and present- are imperative to have in our schools.
As electives offered to all students interested.
Being a resource for families in these situations for referral to programs that can provide financial, legal and linguistic support. Alternate pathways for language acquisition. Be a support system for these families in potentially highly stressful situations.
Phone (253) 720-9532
Town where you live Puyallup
Experience (300 characters max) Currently serving on the Puyallup School Board. Michael served 20 years in the Air Force as an F-16 fighter pilot, where he also taught as an instructor and commanded a formal training school for aircrew.
I've served on the board, understand our current and future challenges and want to ensure a positive vector for the future while we transition to a new district superintendent.
Fiscal management of growing operating costs, improving safety and security, and lowering class sizes.
Focus to gain passage of the High School Bond and continue to partner with local police to improve safety and security.
Continue to focus on the individual student and ensure all schools are sharing lessons learned on how to reach and improve the educational experience for every student.
Advocate for passage of the High School Bond. I was the director on the board that pushed for doubling the number of School Resource Officers. We need to continue to partner with local police. We are now looking for ways to partner on suicide prevention.
Maintain the policies we have in place that focuses on the betterment of every student, doesn't discriminate, and gives every student the best opportunity to succeed.
We all want to see every student have a meaningful post high school opportunity. I believe that the earlier we can help our kids find their passion, the better their odds will be in obtaining it. I’ve been the leading advocate for expansion of our Career and Technical Education program. The district has now partnered with Clover Park Technical College and MultiCare-nursing to provide students with in-classroom training and clinical experience in local healthcare agencies. We have other programs and I’m pushing for more.
We have programs in place to service all students that fall under these circumstances and have doubled the number of dual language programs offered in the district.