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Provisional Board Members for Trustee Areas 1 & 5




Agnes Gonzalez

Agnes P. Gonzalez, Trustee Area 1

Donna Freedman
Donna Freedman, Trustee Area 5

The Rowland Unified School District Board of Education interviewed candidates and took action on February 25, 2021 to appoint Agnes P. Gonzalez (Trustee Area 1) and Donna Freedman (Trustee Area 5) as provisional Board of Education members, filling the two vacancies on the Board of Education for Trustee Areas 1 and 5. Rowland Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Julie Mitchell officially presented the Oath of Office to Gonzales and Freedman on Monday, March 1, 2021. Both will serve as provisional board members through the end of the current term, which is December 2022.

Returning as a Board Member is community member and retired educator Donna Freedman, who will represent Trustee Area 5. “I am so thrilled and very excited to be back as a RUSD Board Member and I want to say thank you to our community, CSEA and ARE for their support. I’m ready for the challenges, hard work and difficult decisions to be made,” said Freedman.

Agnes P. Gonzalez recently retired from the Rowland Unified School District, where she worked for 31 years as a senior account clerk at Nogales High School. “I am humbled and honored to serve the Rowland Unified School District as the provisional Board Member of Trustee area 1. It is my pleasure to serve the community I have lived in since 1985 and would like to continue to work together as a team player to all stakeholders of the community,” said Gonzalez. “Together we can support one another to achieve our goal for student success in RUSD. Education is the greatest investment that anyone can achieve.” 

Freedman and Gonzalez will take on their new roles as Board Members at the March 11, 2021 Board of Education meeting, where the entire Board will restructure and assume new board member positions.

If community members have additional questions, please visit or call the Superintendent’s Office at (626) 854-8304.


Trustee Area Map

The Rowland Unified School District accepted applications to be considered for a provisional appointment to fill two vacancies on the Board of Education for Trustee Areas 1 (represented in yellow region) and 5 (represented in pink region) on the map below. Applications were accepted from January 25 - February 16, 2021.


Candidate Applicants for Trustee Areas 1 and 5 were interviewed at the Thursday, February 25, 2021 Board of Education Study Session that started at 4 p.m.


Application Deadline: The application deadline was 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, and applications were sent via email to [email protected] or could be dropped off at the District Office, located at 1830 S. Nogales Street, Rowland Heights, 91748. In addition to the application, applicants could attach up to 3 additional pages that could include a resume, letter of interest, and/or letters of recommendation/support. Incomplete application packages will not be considered.

In accordance with Education Code Section 35107, to be eligible as a member of a governing board of a school district, an interested party must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • A citizen of the state
  • A resident of the Rowland Unified School District and for the current vacancies reside within the boundaries of either Trustee Area 1 or Trustee Area 5 for the seat in that area
  • A registered voter
  • Not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the state from holding a civil office
  • An employee of the school district may not be sworn into office as an elected or appointed member of that school district’s governing board unless and until he or she resigns as an employee. If the employee does not resign, the employment will automatically terminate upon being sworn into office.
If community members have further questions they can send to [email protected] or contact RUSD Public Information Officer Gina Ward at (626)854-8352.





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