A message from our superintendent
Dear Franklin Pierce Community-
It is hard to believe that we are weeks away from graduation and that my first year as your superintendent is coming to an end. As I talk with other administrators from across the state, I am continually grateful for the ways that you have supported me, our staff and our students.
Public education continues to go through changes across our state and country. In Washington State, the ways that schools are funded has been a moving target, making it difficult to plan responsibly. We continue to see a surge in threats and violence in schools across the country, adding a new layer of stress and anxiety for students, staff and families. Learning standards and assessments continue to evolve, requiring our staff and students to adapt to new materials and processes.
Despite these changes, we can collectively celebrate accomplishments happening around our district. Our district is in good fiscal health and we will not be forced to make staffing cuts this year. We will have five new elementary schools coming online over the next two years, providing new and improved learning spaces for 2,500 elementary students each year. We have growing band and choir programs that are receiving special recognition, competitive athletics teams that are representing our community in tournaments across the state, a top-notch JROTC program that is rated in the top 12% of programs in the country, and a strong Career and Technical Education program that is linking students with family wage jobs after graduating.
There is still work to do. We must maintain and build on our incredible graduation rate (89.3% in 2018), enhance our practices to ensure safe and secure learning environments for all students and staff, consider ways to invest in our facilities that will not be upgraded through 2016 bond projects, maintain our fiscal health despite drastic changes in the state’s funding model, and continually ask how we can support all students’ academic success as well as their social and emotional needs.
I am confident that we have the right ingredients to excel in this endeavor and that we have a community that is willing to ask the right questions, offer support as needed and celebrate our collective achievements.
When I started as superintendent last July, I shared that I would love to hear from you and that I am happy to meet with groups that are working in our community. This is an ongoing invitation that does not expire when I am no longer considered “new”. Please don’t hesitate to email me, to set up a meeting, or to invite me to share more about our district with a community group that you belong to (email@example.com; (253) 298-3010).
We believe that relationships are the foundation of public education. This includes students, staff, families, and you, our broader community.
Franklin Pierce Schools Superintendent Lance Goodpaster was born in Seattle and spent much of his childhood in Vancouver, Washington.
Although Mr. Goodpaster’s bachelor’s degree was in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, his experiences as a youth coach and volunteer in his wife’s classroom persuaded him to seek a career in education. He went on to earn his Master of Arts in Teaching degree from University of Puget Sound, principal certification from the University of Washington-Tacoma, and superintendent certification from Washington State University.
Mr. Goodpaster began his education career as a teacher in Franklin Pierce Schools in 1993 before moving to University Place School District to serve as a principal from 2002-2013. After returning to Franklin Pierce Schools in 2013 as an assistant superintendent, Mr. Goodpaster was appointed superintendent on July 1, 2018.
He is no stranger to the Franklin Pierce community, where he is an active Rotarian, a co-leader of the Mid County Leadership team, and a respected leader among school administrators across the region. He and his wife, Tricia-also a career educator, are proud parents of two children, Nick and Natalie.