Our Board of Directors at Work
In governing their districts, school boards work with their administrators to make decisions and set policy regarding a number of matters, including bond and levy elections, budget adoption, facilities, curriculum adoption, fiscal planning and oversight, employee relations and transportation.
While boards are ultimately responsible for setting policy, they employ 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.
Peninsula School District has five board members and each individual donates their time and expertise to ensure a quality education for all students. The Board of Directors works in partnership with the administrative team to set the district’s direction. The school board’s governance responsibilities fall in four major areas:
The board focuses the work of the district and community on student achievement through a comprehensive strategic planning process.
The board governs the district through prudent financial planning and oversight and diligent and innovative policy making.
The board infuses all district programs and crucial policies with specific goals and a process for evaluating, reporting and recommending improvements.
The board champions public education at the local, state and federal levels.
Meet Our Board Members
Term expires: 11/2019
Phone: (253) 884-4697
“Mrs. Harris has a BA in English from Kansas State University, a MBA from University of Puget Sound, and did Doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at Gonzaga University. Mrs. Harris has 37 years of experience in public education, she represents Director District 1 which is approximately 85 percent of the Key Peninsula. Her dream is a Peninsula School District that provides a personalized and challenging educational program for every student. She feels the school board can help realize that dream by establishing strong and effective two-way communication links with the public and maintaining fiscal integrity and accountability.”
Fun Fact...Favorite TeacherMy fourth grade teacher, Lena Collins, was my favorite teacher. She loved all of her students (or at least we believed she did!). She introduced us to Laura Ingalls Wilder, reading us a chapter every day after lunch. She treated us like colleagues and friends and helped us stretch “a little further” with interesting and challenging arts and academic projects.
Term expires: 11/2017
Phone: (206) 484-1280
Mrs. Krishnadasan has a BA in Communications from Western Washington University. She worked at Microsoft, Visio and Burlington Resources, focusing on compensation and benefits, along with communication and integration planning. This is her first term as a Board Director, and she represents the upper Key Peninsula and parts of Gig Harbor North. Her desire to volunteer in her children’s classrooms and schools has grown into a passion to help provide a quality education for all PSD students. Deborah has served as Purdy PTA Treasurer, auction chair and room parent coordinator. She is also involved in the Franciscan Foundation and coaches’ Little League fast pitch.
Fun Fact...Favorite TeacherMy favorite teacher was Mr. David Tate, my 10th grade Humanities’ teacher. He taught me to look within and accept myself and fully appreciate the differences and uniqueness of others. He later married my second favorite teacher, Ms. Cindy Elhers, who taught me to love art and inspired me to become a better athlete.
Fun Fact...Favorite Teacher:I had a great second grade teacher named Mrs. Ferguson whom I adored. She taught me to love learning and challenged me to be better each and every day.
Fun Fact...Favorite TeacherEach of my teachers taught me valuable lessons throughout my childhood. They taught me how to dream, achieve, stretch myself, persevere, and most importantly, that what is happening now is not the end.
Fun Fact...Favorite TeacherMrs. Dickson, my 12th grade Algebra II teacher. During my difficult teen years, she never gave up on me and always provided positive feedback and encouraged me to set high goals. I would not be where I am today without her mentorship. It proves that parent and teacher support are critical to a student’s education and life-skills.
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.