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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

The Peninsula School District Board of Directors consists of five directors, elected by residents to govern the school district. The board works with the superintendent and district administrators to make decisions regarding bond and levy elections, budget adoptions, facilities, curriculum adoptions, fiscal planning and oversight, employee relations, transportation, and more. They establish district policies according to federal, state, and local laws; the State Board of Education; and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

While the board is ultimately responsible for setting policy, it employs a professional staff of administrators to implement policies and manage the day-to-day functions in the district. The staff is led by the superintendent, who carries out the board’s vision and direction.

DISTRICT 1

Marcia Harris

Marcia Harris


Term Expires: 2019 
Email: harrism@psd401.net 

District 2

Deborah Krishnadasan

Deb Krishnadasan

President
Term Expires: 2021
Email: krishnadasand@psd401.net

District 3

Lori Glover

Lori Glover


Term Expires: 2023 
Email: gloverl@psd401.net

District 4

Leslie Harbaugh

Leslie Harbaugh


Term Expires: 2019
Email: harbaughl@psd401.net 

District 5

David Olson

David Olson

Vice President
Term Expires: 2021
Email: olsond@psd401.net

BOARD MEETING INFORMATION

2019-2020 MEETING SCHEDULE

All meetings of the Board of Directors will be held in Rooms 4 and 5 at the Educational Service Center, located at 14015 62nd Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332 beginning at 6:00 p.m. unless published otherwise.

09/12/19 - Study Session
09/26/19 - Regular Meeting
10/10/19 - Study Session
10/24/19 - Regular Meeting
11/14/19 - Study Session, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
11/14/19 - Regular Meeting
12/12/19 - Regular Meeting
12/18/19 - Special Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
01/16/20 - Study Session
01/23/20 - Regular Meeting
02/13/20 - Study Session
02/27/20 - Regular Meeting
03/12/20 - Study Session
03/26/20 - Regular Meeting
04/09/20 - Study Session
04/23/20 - Regular Meeting
05/14/20 - Study Session
05/28/20 - Regular Meeting
06/11/20 - Study Session
06/25/20 - Regular Meeting
07/23/20 - Regular Meeting
08/13/20 - Study Session
08/27/20 - Regular Meeting

MEETING AGENDAS

MEETING MINUTES

LIVE STREAMED MEETING VIDEOS

All live streamed videos of board meetings and study sessions can be viewed by clicking HERE to be redirected to the district's YouTube page.

BOARD MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES

The board’s governance responsibilities fall into four major areas:

Vision - The board focuses the work of the district and community on student achievement through a comprehensive strategic planning process.

Structure - The board governs the district through prudent financial planning and oversight and diligent and innovative policy making.

Accountability - The board infuses all district programs and crucial policies with specific goals and a process for evaluating, reporting, and recommending improvements.

Advocacy - The board champions public education at the local, state, and federal levels.

DIRECTOR BOUNDARIES

OFFICIAL SCHOOL BOARD NOTICES

Notice of PSD Board of Directors Meeting/WSSDA Annual Conference – 11/21/19-11/24/19

All members of the Peninsula School District Board of Directors will be attending the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) Annual Conference, held November 21-24, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, located at 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. Whenever three or more board members attend the same meeting/event and can potentially discuss district-related items, it is considered a meeting that requires public notice. No action will be taken at the meeting.

Notice of PSD Board of Directors Meeting/Pierce County Joint Board Meeting - 12/02/19

Three members of the Peninsula School District Board of Directors will be attending the annual Joint School Boards' and Pierce County Legislators' legislative priority meeting on Monday, December 2, 2019 at the Public Library located at 3609 Market Place West, University Place, WA from 7-9 p.m.

Whenever three or more board members attend the same meeting/event and can potentially discuss district-related items, it is considered a meeting that requires public notice. No action will be taken at the meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT AT MEETINGS

The Board recognizes the value of public comment on district issues and the importance of involving members of the public in its meetings. In order to permit fair and orderly expression of such comment, the Board will provide time for public comment during each regular monthly Board meeting.

Audience members at a meeting wishing to speak to the Board concerning an item on the action agenda are asked to identify themselves for the record before addressing the Board. In the interest of fairness, there is a three-minute time limit.

PENINSULA PROMISE

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Peninsula Promise

We, as a Peninsula community, make a collective promise to our children to empower every child to discover and develop a passion for learning and achieve a fulfilling and productive life.

In our schools, every student is cared for and respected. All students are exceptional in their own ways and will develop through the widest range of educational options. All students will be confident, passionate, life-long learners prepared for success in life, having experienced success in our schools.    

We Believe:

Our Children:

  • Are unique and diverse
  • Learn at high levels
  • Thrive in an environment of caring and connectedness
  • Possess a sense of wonder and curiosity 

Our Staff:

  • Are uniquely talented to meet the needs of every child
  • Serve with compassion
  • Advance student excellence and attainment
  • Learn and grow professionally

Our Schools:

  • Provide a variety of supports to serve the whole child
  • Model collaborative environments
  • Have a clear shared focus 
  • Innovate by creating new and better opportunities

Our District: 

  • Ensures a variety of programs and options for students and staff
  • Holds high expectations with high levels of support
  • Demonstrates leadership with vision and courage

Our Community:

  • Partners with our schools to provide broad opportunities for learning
  • Supports students and staff 
  • Celebrates the success of our children

PENINSULA PROMISE ACTION PLAN

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Peninsula Promise Action Plan
2019-2020

Preliminary district goals were developed by the Board of Directors in April of 2018. Subsequent changes in the Board and Superintendent suggested a delay in the formal goal development process until the 2020-2021 school year. In the Interim, an action plan has been developed by the Superintendent for 2019-2020:

Goal 1: Optimize Learning and teaching P-12, through rigorous engagement and culturally responsive opportunities which reflect the whole child.

Action Target(s): 

  1. Organize and align central office departments and personnel to:
     a. Enable and support innovative curricula and programs;
     b. Advance the establishment of multi-tiered support systems for academics and social-emotional support;
  2. Prepare for the opening of a new themed, magnet elementary school in the Fall of 2020;
  3. Develop and extend pathways to graduation for all students;

As Measured by:

  1. Graduation rates, specifically examining subgroups;
  2. Formative data - Benchmark and progress monitoring;
  3. Pioneer Elementary opens – Fall of 2020

Goal 2: Ensure effective high performing staff across all aspects of district operation.

Action target(s):

  1. Develop strategies to recruit and retain the highest quality workforce:
     a. Develop strategies and exit data regarding reasons for staff exits;
     b.  Enhance efforts to recruit a more diverse staff;
  2. Provide professional development opportunities for all staff to increase awareness of equity and bias;

As Measured by:

  1. Staff Retention Survey;
  2. Staff demographic report;
  3. Professional development participation;

Goal 3: Employ innovative and effective resource management strategies that support student learning.

Action Target(s): 

  1. Plan and prepare budgets in support of district action targets;
  2. Reduce the array of independent initiatives;
  3. Develop and implement a decision-making model;

As Measured by:

  1. District financial health measures;
  2. Consistent progress reports to Board;

Goal 4: Engage all stakeholders in meaningful collaboration to enhance student learning.

Action Target(s):

  1. Establish a communications department;
  2. Implement effective strategy to communicate progress to public in designing and building four new elementary schools;
  3. Create mechanism for effective staff feedback;
  4. Expand opportunities for community volunteers in schools;

As Measured by:

  1. Evidence of Communications product(s);
  2. Staff Survey developed and implemented;
  3. Effective Capital Projects Communications in place;

Goal 5: Provide a physically and emotionally safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff.

Action Target(s):

  1. Develop partnerships with community health and counseling services to provide support for students;
  2. Engage community in efforts to respond to extensive teen use of vaping and other drugs and alcohol;
  3. Continue efforts to educate staff and students in recognition and prevention of harassment, intimidation and bullying;

As Measured by:

  1. Increased number of students who feel safe as measured in survey;
  2. Decreased number of students engaging in drugs, alcohol and vaping as measured through discipline data in PowerSchool.