Board of Trustees
From Left to right: Jessica Spaid, Ron Oates, David Underwood, Casey Jeffreys, Dr. George Sziraki (Superintendent), and Debbie Brannam
ROLE OF THE BOARD
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
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Trustee Jeffreys was elected to the Board in November, 2022, for a two-year term. He is a husband, father and small business owner in Meadow Vista. Casey's oldest son graduated from Colfax High School and is now serving our Country as a member of the United States Army, stationed in Germany. His youngest son is currently a Junior at Colfax High School.
Trustee Area #2 (Placer): email
Trustee Spaid was elected to the Board in November, 2022, for a four-year term. She is a wife, mother and lead singer of the band "Moonshine Crazy". Two of Jessica's children are current students at Placer High School. She and her family have lived in the area for many years.
Board Clerk 2023Trustee Area #3 (Placer): email
Trustee Underwood was first elected to the Board in 2014 after dedicating 39 years as a teacher at Placer High School. In 2022, he was ran unopposed and will serve another four-year term. 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.
Board Member - Term Expires 2026
Board President 2023Trustee 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. He ran unopposed in 2022 and will serve another four-year term on the Board. 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.
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. Debbie completed CSBA's Master in Governance Training in November 2020. The program equips local education agencies with the knowledge and skills to build and support an effective governance structure. The courses include: Foundations of Effective Governance, Policy & Judicial Review, School Finance, Human Resources and Community Relations and Advocacy.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BOARD
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.
ADDRESSING THE BOARD
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 and 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. To view upcoming meeting schedule, meeting agendas and minutes go to agenda page .