A Message from Our Superintendent

Dear FPS Community,

I'm excited to announce a new district newsletter called E-Views! This newsletter is meant to serve as an additional avenue to provide updates to families across all 14 schools. We intend to send one newsletter each month highlighting news and events, district resources and community resources. If you have additional ideas about what you would like to see included, please let us know.

The school year is off to an amazing start! We are beginning to see student involvement and energy return to pre-pandemic levels and are delighted to see the return of many traditions that help students feel a sense of connection and belonging. Back to school nights, homecoming festivities, field trips, student led conferences, spirit days and so much more. The energy in schools is contagious.

In full transparency, we’ve had a few setbacks too. A bus driver shortage has forced us to cancel routes on several occasions. Our transition to new software initially made it impossible for teachers to use Teacherease, our online grade management system. In addition, Franklin Pierce Schools has approximately 300 fewer students that we anticipated, and we are looking to better align our expenses for the 2024-2025 school year. In each of these cases, we are continuing to make progress in identifying solutions for a way forward.

In the midst of the ups and downs at the start of the school year, FPS students, staff and families have been incredible. You continue to step up to support our collective work and generate constructive ways for us to make things better.

With gratitude and appreciation of our staff, students, and community,

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