Fostering a Supportive Learning Environment.

Board of Trustees


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

placer union high school district 

Mrs. Kathleen Geary 
(Term Expires 2020) 
Trustee Area #5 (Del Oro): email 

Mrs. Lynn MacDonald, Board President (Term Expires 2020) 
Trustee Area #1 (Colfax & Foresthill): email

Mr. Ron Oates (Term Expires 2018) 
Trustee Area #4 (Del Oro): email

Mr. David Underwood, (Term Expires 2018) 
Trustee Area #3 (Placer): email

Ms. Maureen "Mo" Ward, Board Clerk (Term Expires 2018) 
Trustee Area #2 (Placer): email

George S. Sziraki, Jr., Ed.D.
, Superintendent 

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

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. 

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. 
The PUHSD's Student Board Member Are:
Photos coming soon!
Colfax High School:  William Vereyken, Senior 2018
Del Oro High School:  Jianna Domingo, Junior 2018
Foresthill High School:  Blaise Roper, Senior 2018
*Placer High School:  Brenn Haydon, Senior 2018
*also represents Confluence Continuation High School located on the campus of Placer High

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, will meet 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 will meet 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.

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 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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 and responsibilities of California school boards.

Resources for Students

Resources for Parents

Resources for Staff

PUHSD Events

Contact Info

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

Master Calendar

2017/2018 SCHOOL YEAR

Joint Meetings

A joint board meeting convened with Ackerman Elementary School District and Auburn Union School District. These governance conversations with our foundation schools are a long-running tradition in the Placer Union High School District. (host school: Bowman Ackerman Elementary School; superintendent: Gary Yee---November 20, 2013)

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