1,600 more students in the next five years!

Enrollment growth in the Puyallup School District is creating a crisis in our schools.  There is a demand for more classrooms because of the growing population.

Now the 8th largest school district in Washington, the Puyallup School district serves more than 22,250 students.

Demographers project that the growth will continue, with an additional 1,600 students arriving in Puyallup schools over the next five years.  Most of that growth – 1,050 children – is projected at the elementary level.

In response to this crisis, the school board has agreed to place a school bond on the November 3, 2015 General Election ballot.  The proposed $292.5 million bond measure will address the need for elementary school classroom space.

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The five proposed projects on the bond would create additional instructional space for 2,720 elementary students.

Puyallup students are counting on US to ensure that they have the learning spaces they need.  Great communities have great schools, and today’s students deserve to grow up in a great community.

Vote YES! Puyallup.

CCE Puyallup is getting organized

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The Citizens Committee for Education Puyallup is an organization of citizens dedicated to supporting the students of the Puyallup School District by voting YES on all of the levies and bonds.

We are getting organized and preparing to support the school district in their informational campaign.  You can learn a lot about the overcrowding crisis and the need for additional teaching and learning space by visiting the Puyallup School District website.

Read about the school board’s decision to run a bond election in the next General Election here: Board approves November 3, 2015 school bond election.

Bond election this November

The Puyallup School board unanimously agreed to place a school bond on the November 3, 2105 General Election ballot to address overcrowding and continued enrollment growth in the district’s elementary schools.

All of the projects on the proposed $292.5 million bond measure address the need for elementary school classroom space.

Learn all about the decision made by school board members by visiting the Puyallup School District website: Board approves November 3, 2015 school bond election.

Read about it in the Tacoma News Tribune

Puyallup voters approve two school levies

Voters have approved two school levies to fund day-to-day programs and operations, aging facility improvements, and technology upgrades, according to unofficial February 11 Special Election results.

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office reported on election night that a four-year Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy (Proposition 1) received 65.79 percent 12,535 yes votes compared to 34.21 percent 6,519 no votes.

The replacement levy pays for about one-quarter (24 percent) of the district’s day-to-day programs and operations and renews an existing four-year levy approved by voters in 2010.

Voters also approved a School Facilities Improvements and Technology Upgrades Levy (Proposition 2) with 62.76 percent 11,939 yes votes compared to 37.24 percent 7,083 no votes.

The six-year levy supports improving aging neighborhood school buildings and updating classroom technology to support teaching and learning.

“We appreciate the gracious and generous support from our community,” responded Superintendent Tim Yeomans. “We will continue to be good stewards of the dollars entrusted to us. Our primary mission will be to continue improvement of instruction, student growth, and achievement. Passage of these levies will allow us to provide that support over the next four years of operation and six years of maintenance for our facilities.”

Pleased with the election results, School Board President Chris Ihrig noted, “The Puyallup community has once again stepped forward with a resounding voice of dedicated support for continuing the tradition of excellence in education. Today’s yes vote provides much needed wind in the academic sails as we continue to create an environment where every child can succeed. On behalf of the students, teachers, support staff, administration and Board of Directors, we extend a heart-felt thank you to each member of our community.”

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office will certify the Special Election results on February 25.

Puyallup is the ninth largest school district in the state with more the 20,500 students.

Be informed

Puyallup School District Superintendent Tim Yeomans urges staff and community members to be informed regarding the upcoming School Levy Election on February 11, 2014.  He reminds us of the wonderful things our students accomplish, and encourages us each to share in the responsibility of serving as “key communicators.”

More business walks

More business walks have been scheduled. Don’t miss the opportunity to join in on the following dates:

  • Saturday, January 18, 9-10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 21, 3-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 23, 3-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 25, 9-10 a.m.

Volunteers will receive 10 yellow signs to take to local businesses and ask to post in their windows.

Stop by Sparks Deli to pick up your materials anytime during the hour posted.

Our friends at Anthem Coffee Support Great Schools!

Letters to the editor

Editorials and articles are popping up in the newspapers and online in support of the upcoming ballot measures.  Now is the perfect time for supporters of the Puyallup School District to make their voice public.  Now is a great time to show your support of Puyallup students and staff.

Writing a letter to the editor is not that challenging.  Read a current letter or article and highlight the points that make the most sense to you.  Think about the one or two most important reasons for voters to approve Propositions 1 and 2.  Write them down.  Include thoughts about why voters should vote YES and conclude with your own plans to vote YES.

Stay positive.  Don’t disrespect those who don’t agree.

Keep it brief.  Most publishers won’t use more than 250 words.  They prefer 150 words.

Take a look at the samples below and send a letter THIS WEEK!

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