On any given day, it is not unusual to see one or more of the Eatonville School District Board members in one of the schools taking part in programs, classes or attending events. The current School Board, which has over 38 years of combined experience as school board members, take their jobs seriously and look forward to professional development and new ways of thinking. When they set the values in 2014 for the District of Curiosity, Excellence, Responsibility, Character, Equity and Diversity, they decided to adopt those values for themselves as individuals as well as a group.
Superintendent Bahr welcomes their participation, which has opened doors to the Directors learning more about how education works, where the funding comes from, experiencing the curriculum and programs being taught and ways to think out of the box with always the same goal of, “What is best for the students.” “We have a board with many different strengths that offer them freely while showing respect for the administration and each other. They are supportive of using the resources that surround the schools for different approaches to learning. Each of our schools are unique and our board supports this uniqueness wholeheartedly.”
Eatonville School Board of Directors include Ronda Litzenberger, Roger Andrascik, Paulette Gilliardi, Jeff Lucas and our newest member Liza Klumpar. For two years, they have won the WSSDA Board of Distinction Award. This year they have won multiple certificates at the annual WSSDA conference in areas such as Advanced Leadership, Equity, and Foundations of Boardsmanship. Board Chair, Ronda Litzenberger and Assistant Chair, Roger Andrascik committed this year to WSSDA’s Advanced Leadership classes and participated in projects, multiple conferences and workshops learning how to be Leaders in their community and roles. Jeff, using his firefighting skills, recently helped students build a Lahar trail up the mountainside from the District’s Kjelstad Farm where students K-12 spend time in the Ohop Valley. He also spends much time with legislators advocating for the schools. Roger Andrascik, recently retired from Mount Rainier Parks, lends his expertise and strong connection to nature. You will often see him in classes and on field trips. Paulette offers a strong community tie, a good sense of business and passionately advocates for our Career Technical Education programs. Anywhere there are kids, you will see her with them having conversations. Ronda brings a leadership style that aligns with our goals and values and is very interested in how and what we can offer the students in programs and curriculum. She also volunteers many hours in the schools. Liza brings a fresh view and shares her strengths in Technology and 21st Century learning.
With January being Board Appreciation Month, We want to say it has been an honor working with this board. THANK YOU to our board for all of the volunteer hours you share with us. Eatonville SD is truly blessed.