The PUSD Board agreements about unity of purpose, roles, responsibilities, norms and protocols that enable the governance team to continue to perform its responsibilities in a way that best serves all students are reflected in this Board Governance Handbook.
The overarching goal is to set and adhere to standards and practices that model the eight characteristics of an effective School Board:
- Effective school Boards commit to a vision of high expectations for student achievement and quality instruction and define clear goals toward that vision.
- Effective school Boards have strong shared beliefs and values about what is possible for students and their ability to learn, and of the system and its ability to teach all children at high levels.
- Effective school Boards are accountability driven, spending less time on operational issues and more time focused on policies to improve student achievement.
- Effective school Boards have a collaborative relationship with staff and the community and establish a strong communications structure to inform and engage both internal and external stakeholders in setting and achieving district goals.
- Effective Boards are data savvy; they embrace and monitor data, even when the information is negative, and use it to drive continuous improvement.
- Effective school Boards align and sustain resources, such as professional development, to meet district goals.
- Effective school Boards lead as a united team with the Superintendent, each from their respective roles, with strong collaboration and mutual trust.
- Effective school Boards take part in team development and training, sometimes with their Superintendents, to build shared knowledge, values and commitments for their improvement effort.
Mrs. Elena Gonzales was born in Sanger, Califiornia to parents Salomon and Maria Escutia. She is the daughter of farm working parents that taught her the values and morals to always work hard and put 100 percent in what you want and believe in. She is a Parlier High School alumni, Class of 1990. She is married with three children. Mrs. Gonzales is an accomplished revenue cycle specialist with over 30 years of experience in revenue cycle management and is an independent consultant.
Mrs. Gonzales and her family volunteer their time running the Parlier Youth Football and Cheer Program, The Parlier Youth Cal Ripken, Parlier Round Up Committee and Parlier Community Center New Year celebration.
Mrs. Gonzales and her family always help where needed and will continue to volunteer their time for the kids in our community.