Fostering a Supportive Learning Environment.

Board of Trustees

From right: Lynn MacDonald, Kathleen Geary. Maureen “Mo” Ward, 
Ron Oates, David Underwood, & Superintendent George Sziraki


Wednesday - Thursday, June 6-7, 2018 | SPECIAL Meeting of the Board and District Administrators  |  Granlibakken Retreat Center, 725 Granlibakken Road, Tahoe City, CA

Tuesday, June 12 | Regular Meeting | Closed Session:  5:00 p.m. | Open/General Session: 6:00 p.m. | Located in the Board Room of the Placer Union High School District Offices at 13000 New Airport Road in Auburn, CA

Thursday, June 14 | Special Meeting: Superintendent's Annual Evaluation | CLOSED SESSION | 8:00 a.m. Located in the Board Room of the Placer Union High School District Offices at 13000 New Airport Road in Auburn, CA

Tuesday, June 19 |  Regular Meeting |  Closed Session:  5:00 p.m. | Open/General Session:  6:00 p.m. |Located in the Board Room of the Placer Union High School District Offices at 13000 New Airport Road in Auburn, CA 


Mrs. Kathleen Geary, Board Member 
(Term Expires 2020) 
Trustee Area #5 (Del Oro): email 
Trustee Geary was appointed to the Board in early 1999 and has since been re-elected to the Board multiple times. She served as a volunteer in the elementary schools and at Del Oro High School, including membership on the School Site Council, where each of her three sons graduated. Kathleen regularly attends school sites and district evens all throughout the Placer Union High School District’s communities. Kathleen volunteers her time as a member of Assistance League of Greater Placer which serves and supports the lives of children and adults through various community programs. Trustee Geary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. 

Mrs. Lynn MacDonald, Board Member (Term Expires 2020) 
Trustee Area #1 (Colfax & Foresthill): email
Trustee MacDonald has served on the Placer Union High School District since her first election since 1978. Lynn is a credentialed teacher and is familiar with the operation of schools and of the issues that teachers and students face in the classroom and is well-recognized throughout the region as a solid support of schools, students, teachers, education and participates in school and community events throughout the PUHSD. Lynn’s nearly 40 years on the Board and dedication to children and education throughout her entire personal and professional career was recently recognized by the Board through the naming of the “Lynn MacDonald Education Center”. This center will house staff development and many other education-related trainings and events. 

Mr. Ron Oates, Board Clerk (Term Expires 2018) 
Trustee Area #4 (Del Oro): email
Trustee Oates is the father of six children- all of whom attended and graduated from Del Oro High School. Ron owns and operates a small business in Loomis and has served on the Board since 1993. His strong business sense is of great value to the Board. In addition to Ron’s service to students throughout the Placer Union High School District Board responsibilities, he is very active in his local church. 

Mr. David Underwood, Board Member (Term Expires 2018) 
Trustee Area #3 (Placer): email
Trustee Underwood was elected to the Board in 2014 after dedicating 39 years as a teacher at Placer High School District. David believes that education of the whole child is imperative with a strong focus on character education. He remains actively involved in the community and regularly travels abroad to visit different cultures. 

Ms. Maureen "Mo" Ward, Board President (Term Expires 2018) 
Trustee Area #2 (Placer): email
Trustee Ward has been a member of the Board since 1998. She is a small business owner, graduate of Del Oro High School and was previously a member of the Ackerman (Bowman) Elementary School District Board of Trustees (a foundation district) prior to being elected to the PUHSD Board. She is also a member of the Placer County School Boards Association where she has served multiple terms. Mo’s husband and both daughters are graduates of Placer High School. Mo is well known throughout community as a strong supporter and volunteer of the arts and of equal academic and athletic opportunities for males and females. 

George S. Sziraki, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent's email


Lisa Burlison
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent,
 PUHSD Board of Trustees & Student Board Members

The Student Board Member functions as a preferential non-binding voting representative to the Superintendent and the PUHSD Board of Trustees.  The Student Board Member provides the PUHSD Governing Body with information regarding student interests and concerns and ideas thereby enhancing relevance and effectiveness of many school site and district programs. 
Thank you, Blaise, Brenn, Jianna and have been instrumental in bringing the student voice alive!!!
"Class of 2017/2018"

[applications for 2019/2020 Students will be placed here in January, 2019]
The PUHSD Board of Trustees welcomes student representatives in an advisory capacity to its bi-monthly meetings. The "student voice" is critical to governance conversations as the district continues forward with many student-centered initiatives and outcomes. To be considered for a one-year term in 2018-19, fill out this application. Questions? Email Lisa Burlison.

WILLIAM VEREYKEN,Colfax High School: My family moved to the Colfax area before I turned 1. I attended Sierra Hills Elementary School and Weimar Hills Middle School, and am currently entering my 12th grade year at Colfax High School. At Colfax, I am an avid supporter of our athletics, and participate on the baseball team. I am also the founder and president of the chess club, a LINK crew member, and a dodgeball club member. In addition to my activities at Colfax, I attended Boys State this summer to learn about civics and government at a local and state level. After I graduate from Colfax, I plan to attend a 4-year university and study economics. No matter where I go in life, I will always be connected to Colfax in the opportunities it has provided to me.

JIANNA DOMINGO, Del Oro High School: As a transfer student, I have enjoyed immersing myself within the unique culture that embodies the Placer Union High School District. Becoming involved at Del Oro High School has been a life changing experience; being a part of the Varsity Girls Tennis Team, serving as my graduating class’s Homecoming hall Chair, and overtaking the WINGS program have all contributed to cultivating a strong sense of belonging to Loomis. I strive to give back to my community, an volunteer within the national Charity League for non-profits that include the Placer SPCA, Susan G Komen and Special Olympics. Additionally, my family raises Guide Dogs for the Blind, where we have spent the last year raising our loving puppy Zuri. Outside of school, I aim to live a balanced lifestyle by challenging myself on the tennis court, playing piano, and culturing myself through art, music and travel. I plan on majoring in both English and Education in college, with hopes of becoming an English Teacher. Serving as a Student Board Member will surely translate into my future! I am beyond excited to be the representative of Del Oro High School while striving to enrich and enhance an already strong community.

BLAISE ROPPER, Foresthill High School: Hello, I am Blaise Roper and I am a senior attending Foresthill Wildfires. I am a very active student and participate a lot in school. Right now I am playing my 4th year of football with the Wildfires and also going to play golf for my third year. Besides school, I am very active in the outdoors. I am a Eagle Scout with Troop 26 which lead me to a lot of opportunities in the outdoors. I have been on a 72 mile hike, a 53 mile canoe trip, and have camped more times than I can count. I also am very active in the diving community and have achieved my master Scuba Certification and plan to be a Suba Instructor. Then last but not least I have also achieved my Black Belt in TaeKwonDo when I was 12 and I still try to keep up on my skills for self-defense. But the reason why I became a part of the PUHSD Student Board is because after all of these things I have achieved, I haven’t made enough of a difference in other people’s lives. I want to take my tools that I have learned and make a difference in our schools, so that’s why I am here. 

BRENN HAYDON, Placer High School: I am proud to be the 8th generation of my family to live in Auburn and I have been raised to love my community! When I am not busy with school related activities, I am cultivating vegetables and fruits in my 60 square foot garden, running the canyon trails on my cross country team, water coloring. I am also an avid cross country skier and feel my winter would not be complete without skiing the trails of the Sierra Mountains. I am passionate about well-being and health. While I am planning on majoring in Humanities and Italian Language and Culture, I would love to be a teacher when I am finished with college. What better way to impact my community than through education! I love traveling and learning about differing cultures, but Auburn will always be my home!


Students are the #1 priority in the PUHSD and the #1 source of information about our schools and their peers.  The PUHSD Board of Trustees holds high regard for the student Voice.  Dr. Sziraki, Superintendent, meets with student board members and students from each school site throughout the PUHSD to gain their perspectives and feedback on a variety of topics.  The Council meets quarterly to discuss topics including school culture and climate, community service, leadership and items that are brought forward by student board members.  Student Board members will facilitate each meeting.  Check here for quarterly meetings (yet to be scheduled) for next year!

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13000 New Airport Rd., 
Auburn, CA 95603

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As the official governing body of the District, 
the Board:
  • Is a trustee for students
  • Hears the views of the public
  • Sets District policies and goals
  • Decides how to prioritize and spend District 
  • funds
  • Maintains relationships with other school 
  • boards and related organizations
  • Oversees employee relations and approves 
  • contracts
  • Establishes curriculum and standards 
The Superintendent of the District serves as the 
chief executive officer, manages district staff, 
and ensures that Board policies are carried out. 

As the policy making body for the Placer Union 
High School District, the Board of Trustees is 
charged with providing a quality public education 
program for the residents of the Placer Union 
High School District in accordance with the 
California Constitution, State Education Code, 
other state and federal laws, adopted Board 
policies, and hears the desires expressed by 
the community. As elected officials, Board 
members are state officers responsible for 
the governance of the school district, which 
is considered a subdivision of the state. Beyond 
the establishment of school district policies, the 
Board is responsible for adoption of the annual 
budget and approval of all expenditures; 
employment of personnel; approval of curriculum,
 textbooks and courses of study; and decision 
making relative to the purchase, planning and 
construction of all school district property. Board 
members have no power to act individually in 
the name of the entire Board. Action can only 
be taken when a majority of the Board is in formal 

The PUHSD Board of Trustees encourages your 
attendance at its Board meetings and has
 established a process for you to express your 
views to the Board.  If you wish to address the 
Board on an agenda item, please complete a 
blue speaker card at give it to the Executive 
Assistant as soon as possible and prior to the 
item being called.  Any additional materials 
(e.g. copies of your remarks, charts or graphs, 
copies of articles or reports) you present will be 
copied and presented to all Board members 
after the meeting.  The Board President will 
randomly call on persons submitting cards.

If you wish to address the Board on an item that 
is not on the Agenda, you may speak during the
 Public Comment Period scheduled at the 
beginning of each meeting.  Board members are
 legally prohibited from discussing non-agenda 
items (according to the Brown Act) and, therefore,
 cannot respond to items presented in this venue.
 Members of the public are provided three (3) 
minutes to speak during Public Comment Period.

Click here to view an info-graphic on 
the roles and responsibilities of California 
school boards.