As we flip a metaphorical page to the new semester, with a new administration in tow, many may wonder: what does the future of Pullman High School look like?
For one, many programs and policies that have been running for a while without much recognition are still going strong. Juston Pollestad, the new interim principal, commented in an interview on the astounding success the administration has had with the implementation of new attendance policies. “At the end of last year, we had cut unexcused absences in half from the year before, which is really, really good. That just doesn’t really happen,” Pollestad remarked. In fact, The Wall Street Journal even reached out to the officials at Pullman High School due to the drastic drop. Furthermore, Pullman High School also runs a little-known program launched by a student last year called the “PHS Pantry”. Students who are in need of food can get meals provided to them every Friday to sustain them for the weekend.
However, many people still hope to see beneficial changes made in the near future. From the little details to larger social issues, students threw in their two cents on what would make the school a better, more enjoyable place to learn. The issues ranged from “better water fountain pressure…because right now, the water comes out in a slow stream that takes forever,” and “a more solidified bell schedule, so bells won’t always be ringing in the middle of class,” to “less of an emphasis on sports and more on other programs. The Robotics team won third place internationally and no one knew about it, but everyone knows when the next basketball game is.”
Will a change in administration affect these goals? That remains to be seen, but Mr. Pollestad ended our interview with a philosophy he claims he has carried with him throughout his life, whether he was teaching special education at PHS, coaching girls’ basketball, or working as the Assistant Principal of Lincoln Middle School: “I always want to leave [something] better than I found it…When I was a teacher here at the high school, I taught special education, and thought that our program, when I left that program, was in a really good spot. I also was the girls’ basketball coach here, and I was really proud that, when I left that program, we had four teams at that time, so we had lots of girls involved and playing…And then I went to the middle school, and was the assistant principal there for a while…[and] added a lot of new activities [like tennis]…And so here, same thing. I want to, whenever it is that I leave this position, I want it to be–I want us to be–in a better spot than when I got here.”