Dan has been an active volunteer in Riverview since 1992, serving on the Goals 2000 and Riverview Schools committees, as advisor to the Northeast King County Vocational Advisory Council, and as a founding member of the R.H.Y.T.H.M parent group (Riverview Helping Youth to Have Music).
Mr. Pflugrath’s service most recently has been on the Northeast District Career and Technical Education Advisory Board and the Washington State School Directors’ Association Small Schools Committee.
The contributions of Dan’s involvement on the school board go far beyond the board room. For years he shared his experiences and expertise in the engineering industry through his participation on the RSD Technical Education Advisory Board.
Cedarcrest Career and Technical Education Director Donna Bielstein shares, “Dan has been the greatest advocate for career and technical education. He recognized the need for CTE for all students and at all levels of education. His attendance at CTE advisory meetings was instrumental in many areas, from working with engineering teacher Mike Miyoshi in upgrades to the Cedarcrest computer lab to the enhancement of curriculum offered to students.”
Mr. Miyoshi stated, “Dan made us aware of the up-dated industry standards, and gave us a perspective which helped to balance the educational standards to meet the industry criteria... he is highly respected by all staff members in the Career and Technical Education Department.”
When asked about his experiences working with Mr. Pflugrath, School Board Director Greg Bawden shared the following: “The Riverview Schools’ community has benefitted greatly from Dan’s behind-the-scenes dedication and commitment to educational excellence. Dan has worked to keep the school board focused on the strategic plan, data driven decisions, and making policy-level decisions. I have enjoyed working with Dan during the eight years we worked together, and I feel I have learned a lot from Dan about the role of the school board.”
When Dan had the opportunity to share of his many years in Riverview he reflected, “My time on the RSD School Board has been a very rewarding experience. Looking back over the last 12 years I feel we should all be very proud of our school district’s accomplishments. I appreciate our school’s administration embracing our strategic planning process. They really came through with an educational environment leading to big improvement in our student’s academic success.
“My most difficult issue to work with as a school director was when our senior culminating project required changes. I commend our teachers for creating a senior project that provides a truly rewarding experience for our students.”
In closing he shared, “I will miss working with the administration and school board members, they are a great team and it has been an honor to work with them. I would like to thank all of those who have supported myself and the school district with your time, your votes and your support for our school district’s mission to ‘Educate Children.’”