Fostering a Supportive Learning Environment.

Board of Trustees

From Left to right: Back Row, Ron Oates, David Underwood,
Maureen “Mo” Ward, Dr. George Sziraki. 
Front row: Lynn MacDonald and Deborah Brannam.

                  2019-2020 REGULAR BOARD MEETINGS

As permitted by Executive Order N-29-20, proclaiming a State of Emergency in the State of California, Placer Union High School District’s Board Room will not be accessible to the Public for the June 2, 2020, Regular Board Meeting. Staff/Public may view the meeting remotely; please see further instructions below on Public Comment.

The meeting will take place virtually from the: 

Placer Union High School District Board Room 
Closed to Staff/Public, please join the meeting via Google Meet: (instructional video link included below)

To join by phone:  dial +1 541-709-5233 and enter this PIN: 258 603 946#
Call to order/Closed Session 3:00 p.m. | Open Session 4:00 p.m.    


You are invited to join the PUHSD Board of Trustees at their May 5, 2020 Board meeting. We are using Google Meet where the Public/Staff may join by video or phone. The video (link below) is a walk-through of the tool. If you have questions, email or

If you would like to speak during Public Comment, you may call 530-886-4400 and you will be put on speaker phone to address the Board.  The phone will be monitored from 3:45 pm until the closing of Public Comment (this replaces the Blue Comment Card).  As a reminder, in the interest of conducting the public meeting in a timely manner, individual speakers will be allowed three (3) minutes to address the Board with no more than twenty minutes per topic.  This is a comment period only.  The law (California Education Code Section 35145.5) does not allow the Board of Trustees to take action on any item not explicitly posted on the Agenda in advance.

  • August 6, 2019 - PUHSD Board Room
  • August 20, 2019 - PUHSD Board Room
  • September 3, 2019 - PUHSD Board Room
  • September 17, 2019 - Foresthill High School Library
  • October 1, 2019 - PUHSD Board Room
  • October 15, 2019 - Colfax High School
  • November 12, 2019 - PUHSD Board Room
  • December 17, 2019 - PUHSD Board Room
  • January 14, 2020 - Confluence Continuation High School
  • February 4, 2020 - PUHSD Board Room
  • February 18, 2020 - Placer High School Library
  • March 3, 2020 - PUHSD Board Room
  • March 17, 2020 - Del Oro High School Library, moved to Lynn MacDonald Education Center
  • April 21, 2020 - PUHSD Board Room (remote access will be available to staff/public)
  • May 5, 2020 - Lynn MacDonald Education Center, PUHSD Board Room (remote access for staff/public)
  • May 19, 2020 - PUHSD Board Room (remote access for staff/public)
  • June 2, 2020 - PUHSD Board Room (remote access for staff/public, info above)
  • June 16, 2020 - PUHSD Board Room (remote access for staff/public)


Mrs. Deborah "Debbie" Brannam, 
Board Member 
(Term Expires 2020) 
Trustee Area #5 (Del Oro): email 
Trustee Brannam was appointed to the Board in April 2019. Debbie has served the district for nearly three decades in various capacities. She served as the administrative assistant to the Del Oro High School principal throughout most of her tenure prior to her retirement in June 2017. Debbie has served on many committees – both at Del Oro and in the Loomis and Penryn communities. Debbie’s interest in serving on the PUHSD Board of Trustees stems from her passion for serving her community and the students, families, teachers and staff in the district. She believes the purpose of a School Board is to support and represent all stakeholders without losing focus on student achievement and equity for all. Debbie and her husband have lived in Penryn for 29 years, where they raised their daughter, who graduated from Del Oro High School.

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 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 houses staff development and many other education-related trainings and events.

Mr. Ron Oates, 
Board President (Term Expires 2022) 
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 Clerk (Term Expires 2022) 
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 Member (Term Expires 2022) 
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 email

Desiree Atkins, Executive Assistant email

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. 

From Left to Right:
THEA PLOSCEANU - Foresthill High School
MACKENZIE KETTWIG - Colfax High School
MADISON GLENWINKEL - Placer /Confluence/Maidu Virtual Charter Academy
ALEXANDER MOLOO - Del Oro High School

From Left to Right:
ELIZABETH BRADLEY - Foresthill High School
KRISTIN PISCHEL - Colfax High School
Placer /Confluence High Schools/Maidu Virtual Charter Academy
MORGAN ANGOVE - Del Oro High School

BLAISE ROPER - Foresthill High School
BRENN HAYDON - Placer High School
JIANNA DOMINGO - Del Oro High School
WILL VEREYKEN - Colfax High School

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.  

VIDEO HANGOUTS for 2019-2020

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
Hosted by Thea @ FHS
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
Hosted by Madison @ PHS
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
Hosted by Alexander @ DOHS
Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
Hosted by Mackenzie @ CHS

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. 



  • Applications available on line:  Friday, January 24, 2020.
  • Deadline to Submit Application & Interview Video:  Friday, February 21, 2020. Extended until: March 6, 2020
  • Final Candidate Interviews:  Thursday, March 26, 2020 (tentative)
  • Appointment of Student Board Members:  Tuesday, August 4, 2020
  • Introduction of Student Board Members at Welcome Back Event for All Staff:  Monday, August 10, 2020

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District Address
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 session.

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 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.