Nearly 12 years!

This November, Puyallup voters will have the chance to support children and build great schools when they vote in the General Election.  We hope that you will be a well-informed voter, and see the sense in voting “Yes!”

In November, it will have been nearly 12 years since the last school bond was approved.

With the voter-approved school bond election of 2004 came Edgerton Elementary and Carson Elementary, a school currently serving nearly 1,000 students!

CarsonEdgerton-Exterior-1500x1125Over the last decade, enrollment growth in the Puyallup School District has created the need for more classrooms, and more efficient school buildings.  The crowding has reached a crisis level in many elementary schools.  For example, Zeiger Elementary was built to serve 550 students.  With 14 portable classrooms on their playground, and every corner of the building in use, there are over 800 at the school.  As a result, there is no longer teaching space for the sixth-grade students.  This fall, Zeiger’s sixth-graders will attend school at nearby Ballou Junior High.  Clearly, something must be done to house elementary students on their own campus.

Twelve years is a long time.  In that time, many capital projects have gone undone because of the lack of funds.  Our kids are suffering in crowded schools.  We have great teachers and great schools in Puyallup.  Let’s step up and give them the instructional space they need.  Vote Yes! Puyallup – Great communities have great schools.

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It’s getting crowded . . .

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Now the eighth largest school district in Washington state, Puyallup School District serves over 22,250 students.  Professional demographer, Les Kendrick projects that the district will serve 202 more students this fall than in the spring.  Over the next five years, it is projected that there will be more than 1,600 more students in the district, with most of them (1,050) being at the elementary level.  Read more about continued enrollment growth on the Puyallup School District’s website.

Our schools are getting crowded!  Our students are suffering!

The school board has decided to run a school bond election on November 3, and we need to work together to support our students and pass this election!  Read about the school board’s decision in the article, Board approves November 3, 2015 school bond election.

If you want to help, begin by registering to vote.  You can Register to vote through October 5 for November General Election.  If you are already registered, get your friends and family to register.  Introduce yourself to your new neighbors and make sure they get registered.  You can register online with the Secretary of State’s office by visiting My Vote.  Or, you can register in person at the Pierce County Elections Division, 2501 south 35th St., Suite C. Tacoma.

Stay informed by reading the school district’s website, and by following the Citizens Committee for Education Puyallup Facebook.  Watch this site for ways you can get involved.  There will be many opportunities to serve your community as we get closer to Election Day.

Great Communities Have Great Schools.  Vote Yes! Puyallup.

 

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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.

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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.

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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

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You did it!

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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.

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Who is voting?

This chart reflects Puyallup voters as of February 5, 2014. Please vote!

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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.”

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Letter to the editor

Former school board director Greg Heath has started the ball rolling with his letter to the editor of TNT.  Take some time to read his thoughts, then send a letter of your own!

http://blog.thenewstribune.com/letters/2014/01/13/puyallup-school-levies/

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