Puyallup School Board member Chris Ihrig will run for a second term on the board. Ihrig was appointed to a vacant seat in 2009 and subsequently elected to his current four-year term in 2011.
Ihrig, who is seeking Position 5, says he is running for an additional term because he wants to build on the momentum of the last several years in the school district.
“The past six years have been an amazing journey as the district has undertaken a significant and challenging culture shift,” he said in a news release. “We need to further ignite the vision of excellence and academic success for all students. Puyallup Schools are experiencing amazing results while facing unprecedented growth challenges. There is much more work to be done.”
During Ihrig’s term, the board solidified a strategic plan that has increased academic results through a collaborative and inclusive model, Ihrig said. The board hired Superintendent Tim Yeomans, the district posted a significant rise in graduation rates and increased post-secondary opportunities for students, he added. He also noted the implementation of all-day kindergarten across the district, rigorous curricula implementation, including AP and College in the High School, and strengthening of career and technical education options for students.
“When I was appointed in 2009, we were being challenged from the inside and out as we faced historic budget challenges, decreasing public trust, a lack of transparency, flat academic results and a limited plan for improvement,” Ihrig said. “Today we continue to strengthen our community relationships, build a strong leadership culture, implement a responsive yet unwavering strategic plan, and experience remarkable academic results while ensuring that all students experience support and success.”
Ihrig said goals for his next term include addressing the unprecedented growth challenges, and addressing the needs of those often forgotten under-served students while strengthening the academic rigor and choices for the district’s nearly 23,000 students.
“I believe the Puyallup community deserves a ‘best-in-the-nation’ educational experience, and I continue to be fully committed to driving the changes necessary to get there,” he said.
Ihrig has more than three decades of experience as a community volunteer and business leader, in addition to his lifetime of involvement in education as a student, parent, volunteer coach, and adjunct professor. As a business owner and consultant, Ihrig has partnered with and served on multiple not-for-profit boards.
Ihrig and his wife, Kris, have four children – a senior at Puyallup High School, an eighth-grader at Kalles Junior High, and two who have graduated.
For more information, please call 253-848-2380 or email IHRIGforSCHOOLS@gmail.com