Following his first year as Puyallup Schools superintendent, Tim Yeomans has received a three-year contract extension and a 1 percent raise from the Puyallup School Board. His base salary is now $191,294 per year.
Yeomans came to Puyallup in July 2012 from the Meridian School District near Bellingham. He replaced Tony Apostle, who retired after 22 years with the district.
In their written evaluation released this week, board members offered positive remarks about Yeomans. In 29 performance areas, they ranked him either a 3 or 4 on a scale of zero to 4.
“Feedback from across the educational and stakeholder communities is positive and encouraging,” board President Chris Ihrig said.
Board members did not mention the district’s failed bond measure, which was defeated at the polls in February despite winning a 55.5-percent majority. Bond measures need a 60-percent approval from voters to pass.
But board members did praise Yeomans’ financial skills, noting that he had found ways to lower costs and use the savings to help improve technology in schools. They also pointed to a strong emergency fund balance in the budget.
They said they like Yeomans’ ability to build positive relationships. They also praised his high standard of ethics, honesty and integrity, and his ability to promote staff morale.
“Dr. Yeomans has proven to be a very able communicator to the board,” the evaluation states. “He very quickly gets in touch with all of us as events occur in the district and has a ‘no surprises’ approach.”Debbie Cafazzo: 253-597-8635