Superintendent

A Message from Our Superintendent

Dear Franklin Pierce Community,

Thank you all for your patience, support, and creative input as we work together to navigate these challenging times. Please know that the health and safety of staff and students is our top priority as we consider the road ahead. 

I’ve caught myself talking quite a bit about “surviving” the start of the school year lately. Maybe you can relate. The school calendar made for a shorter summer, the COVID-effect on every element of planning feels daunting, and limitations on time with friends and family make it challenging to build up and sustain the beginning of the year energy surge that I am accustomed to.

This pandemic continues to remind me that there is a need to attend to the immediate and urgent while exploring long-term opportunities. There is a need to not only focus on surviving, but also on thriving.

The current draft our new district vision statement is: “Every student graduates from high school ready to thrive”. In the months ahead, we will continue to ask staff, students, and families what it looks like for our students and graduates to thrive. As we think about our students, I hope that we can all consider what each of our students needs to thrive, both in their schoolwork and in their lives outside of the school.

I am so appreciative of our students, families, and community, and I want to be a support in moving our students beyond merely surviving toward thriving. If you have thoughts or ideas about what that support could look like, please reach out and share them. I’m listening.

Lance Goodpaster, 

Superintendent 
Dr. Lance Goodpaster
Superintendent
 
315 129th St. South
Tacoma, WA 98444
 
 lgoodpaster@fpschools.org
 
 (253) 298-3010
 
(253) 298-3015