Leading toward a supportive learning environment

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

It is hard to believe that it is time to begin this next school year. I hope the summer provided you all with much-needed time to recharge your batteries and reconnect with family and friends. The past year and a half has been nothing short of challenging for all of us and everyone is most deserving of the respite.

There is always excitement at the beginning of a school year, especially for our new students and staff; however, this year, it seems like it’s a new beginning for all of us. We will once again be able to connect with each other on a more personal level, allow our students to experience more extracurricular activities, and continue to maintain supportive and safe learning environments for all.

Returning to a full-time schedule will enable our students to have more quality time with their teachers, counselors, and friends which results in more connectedness to their campus.

The staff of PUHSD has shown their professionalism during these tough times by being flexible and available to the needs of our students. Our students have demonstrated their resilience and determination as they have navigated many changes. We will continue to have an intervention block at all of our four comprehensive high schools to provide added instruction for those students who need it, as well as give other students time during the day for their studies.

Connecting to one’s community is essential for success. I encourage all of our staff, students and communities to make a concerted effort to be a part of your campus this year. Go to a ballgame, participate in activities, enjoy a band or choir concert - simply be present now that you can. PUHSD is a District that has rich traditions on all of our campuses. Please join me this year in helping them get re-established and thereby reconnecting with each other and helping our students succeed.


Dr. George Sziraki

PUHSD Superintendent

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

Desirée Atkins
Executive Assistant


Dr. Sziraki began his service with Placer Union on July 1, 2013. He brings to the Placer Union team extensive experience in teaching, coaching and administering in a high school setting.

He became Assistant Superintendent of the Merced Union High School District in 2008. While in that position---instituting and directing new initiatives in instructional improvement---the MUHSD showed strong growth in the areas most often cited when measuring quality of school districts.

Dr. Sziraki loves the high school environment, looks forward to the challenges ahead, and will forge forward in addressing the district commitment to student learning by creating supportive environments for students and staff.