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Board Members


Barbara Bigelow, Board President
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Trustee Area 2
Term: 2022-2026
Jessie Hutchens, Board Vice President
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Trustee Area 4
Term: 2020-2024
Elisabeth Parish, Member
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Trustee Area 1
Term: 2022-2026
Jack Thornburg, Member
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Trustee Area 5
Term: 2020-2024
Seth Waltner, Clerk
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Trustee Area 3
Term: 2022-2026
To contact Board members please send information to: [email protected] or contact Melanie Burton (559) 877-6209 Ext. 2009

CUSD Board Goals

Vision, Mission and Core Values

Chawanakee Unified School District students will engage in a challenging academic experience driven by professional level technology and project-based instruction.  We are a community where professionalism, academic rigor and social success are the foundation for learning.
While incorporating the guiding principles of Rigor, Relevance, Relationships and Resilience, Chawanakee Unified School District will continually work toward being an innovative district that integrates technology, digital learning models, student-centered learning and professionalism.  Students will be successful by learning the importance of creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, community and competency.
Core Values:
Our Core Values are categorized into three primary areas: Teaching and Learning, Student Engagement and Character Development/Life and Career Skills.  These values extend from our school leadership down through our teachers and students and out into our community.  Chawanakee Unified School District seeks to focus on and develop these values in all of our stakeholders.
Teaching and Learning
  • High Expectations
  • Content to Context
  • Project Based Experiences
  • Proven Instructional Practices
Student Engagement
  • Critical Thinkers
  • Competency
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Community-Civic-Global
Character Development/Life and Career Skills
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Trustworthiness
  • Fairness
  • Accountability
  • Perseverance
  • Adaptability
  • Leadership