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


  • JANUARY 15 & 29, 2019
  • FEBRUARY 5 & 19
  • MARCH 5 & 19
  • APRIL 9
  • MAY 7 & 21
  • JUNE 4 & 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 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's 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:
Foresthill High School
Colfax High School
Placer and Confluence High Schools (shared campus) & Maidu Virtual Charter Academy
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.  

VIDEO HANGOUTS for 2018-19

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
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, February 1, 2019
  • Deadline to Submit Application & Interview Video:  Monday, February 25, 2019
  • Final Candidate Interviews:  Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Appointment of Student Board Members:  Tuesday, August 6, 2019
  • Introduction of Student Board Members at Welcome Back Event for All Staff:  Monday, August 12, 2019

Resources for Students

Resources for Parents

Resources for Staff

Map & Directions
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District Address
13000 New Airport Rd., 
Auburn, CA 95603

Master Calendar
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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.