315 129th Street South, Tacoma, WA 98444 | (253) 298-3000


A message from our superintendent

Dear Franklin Pierce Community-

Welcome to the start of the 2019-2020 school year! I hope you and your family and friends had an opportunity to rest and relax a little during the summer break.

District staff have been working over the summer to prepare for students' return on Tuesday, August 27.

This year, we have recommitted to three focus areas:

  • Supporting equitable opportunities and outcomes for ALL students;
  • Enhancing instruction to support student achievement; and
  • Working closely with families and our community to support student learning. 

This is an exciting time as we celebrate the completion of the Washington STEM Academy, the use of our electric school bus, and the opening of the Ford Middle School Gymnasium.  We anticipate the opening of three new elementary schools in Fall 2020 (Collins, Harvard and James Sales) as well as a new wing on the Hewins Early Learning Center. For more information about voter approved construction projects, please visit www.fpschools.org/construction.

If you have questions about how you can support your child in his or her learning, if you would like assistance finding resources, or if you are looking for ways to become more involved with our district, please email info@fpschools.org, contact the district office, or reach out to your local school directly. 

Like you, all Franklin Pierce staff want your child to be successful. 

I look forward to a wonderful school year and I hope to see you soon.


Lance Goodpaster



Mr. Lance Goodpaster
315 129th St. South
Tacoma, WA 98444
 (253) 298-3010
(253) 298-3015

About the Superintendent

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.

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