RUSD Board


Board Vision

The Rowland Unified School District promotes, expects, and accepts nothing short of excellence. We have a collective commitment to be the best school district in California.

About the Board 

The District is governed by a five-member Board of Education. On January 23, 2020, the Rowland Unified School District Board of Education selected RUSD Trustee Area Map 3 to establish new Trustee Areas in a By-Trustee Area Election Process. Under this new By-Trustee system, as required by the California Voting Rights Act, candidates are elected by “trustee areas.” This means that only voters within a given trustee area can vote for candidates who reside within that same area.  Each Board member (trustee) must reside within the designated trustee-area boundary, and is elected only by the voters in that trustee area. Under the by-trustee area system, voters only vote for one seat on the school board if that seat is open during the election year. The By-Trustee area voting took place for the 2020 General Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Trustee Area Map

Current Board of Education:


Erik Venegas, President
David M. Malkin, Vice President
Agnes P. Gonzalez, Clerk
Cary C. Chen, Member

Kevin Hayakawa, Member


Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Julie Mitchell


Functions of the Board

The primary function of the Board of Education is to act as the policy-making body for the District.  The Board is charged with ensuring quality educational programs for students from grades Transition Kindergarten through 12 and Adult Education & Community programs in accordance with state law and the needs of the community.

The Board hires and supports the Superintendent so that the vision, goals, and policies of the District can be implemented.  In addition, the Board shall work with the Superintendent in setting a direction for the District, ensuring accountability, and providing community leadership and advocacy on behalf of students and public education at the local, state and federal levels.  The Board shall involve the community, parents/guardians, students, and staff in developing a common vision for the District focused on learning and achievement that is responsive to the needs of all students.

The Board of Education delegates the administration of the Rowland Unified School District to a professional administrative staff headed by the Superintendent.  Individual Board Members have no power to act independently in the name of the Board when it comes to matters of the District.  Action can only be taken when the Board is in formal session with a majority of its members present.

District Mission Statement

The mission of the Rowland Unified School District, the progressive international community united in learning, is to empower students so that each actualizes his or her unique potential and responsibly contributes to a global society, through a system distinguished by rigorous academics, innovative use of technology, creative exploration, and nurturing learning experiences.

Core Values

We believe that a common set of Core Values builds the foundation for accomplishing the District's mission. Staff, parents, students, and community are united in fostering these beliefs.

  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Respect
  • Safety
  • Student-Centered Focus
  • Responsibility with Accountability