Fostering a Supportive Learning Environment.

Board of Trustees
From Left:  Back Row, David Underwood, Ron Oates, Kathleen Geary, 
Maureen “Mo” Ward, Dr. George Sziraki (Back Row) and Lynn MacDonald


TUESDAY, September 18  |  Foresthill High School Library located at 23319 Foresthill Road, Foresthill

Special/Joint Meeting with the Foresthill Union SD at 6:00 p.m.

Regular meeting of the PUHSD at 7:00 p.m.

Closed Session at 5:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, October 2  |  PUHSD Board Room located at 13000 New Airport Road, Auburn

Closed Session = 5:00 p.m.  |  Open/General Session = 6:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER  16  |  Special/Joint Meeting with the Colfax ESD; Placer Hills SD and Alta Dutch Flat SD |  6:00 p.m. in the Theater at Colfax High School | 24995 Ben Taylor Road, Colfax, CA

REGULAR Meeting of the PUHSD Board of Trustees begins with Roll Call and Closed Session at 5:00 p.m.  |  General Session at 7:00 p.m.  | Theater at Colfax High School | 24995 Ben Taylor Road, Colfax, CA

NOVEMBER 6 | Regular Meeting of the PUHSD Board of Trustees| PUHSD Board Room located at 13000 New Airport Road, Auburn | Closed Session = 5:00 p.m. | General Session = 6:00 p.m.

DECEMBER 11 | Regular Meeting of the PUHSD Board of Trustees| PUHSD Board Room located at 13000 New Airport Road, Auburn | Closed Session = 5:00 p.m. | General Session = 6:00 p.m.

JANUARY 15 and 29, 2019


MARCH 5 and 19


MAY 7 and 21

JUNE 4 and 18


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

Lisa Burlison previously worked for the California School Boards Association and former State Senator Becky Morgan. Lisa has brought her vast knowledge of legislative, governance, educational issues and Board Policy to the Placer Union High School District.

Her son and daughter are both graduates of Placer High School.

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. 
2018-2019     STUDENT BOARD MEMBERS (Bio's to arrive soon!)
From Left to Right:
ELIZABETH BRADLEY representing Foresthill High School
KRISTIN PISCHEL representing Colfax High School
KATRINA (KATE) RICCARDELLI representing Placer and Confluence High Schools (shared campus) and Maidu Virtual Charter Academy
MORGAN ANGOVE representing Del Oro 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.  



Wednesday, September 12 from 12:00 – 1:00 Hosted by Kristin @ CHS

Wednesday, December 12 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Hosted by Kate @ PHS

Wednesday, March 6 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Hosted by Morgan @ DOHS

Wednesday, May 8 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Hosted by Elizabeth @ FHS

[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.

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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.

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the roles and responsibilities of California 
school boards.