Board Members

Barbara Bigelow, President
Trustee Area 2
Term: 2018-2022

Jessie Hutchens, Member
Trustee Area 4
Term: 2020-2024

Jim McDougald, Clerk
Trustee Area 1
Term: 2018-2022

Jack Thornburg, Member
Trustee Area 5
Term: 2020-2024

Seth Waltner, Vice President
Trustee Area 3
Term: 2018-2022

To contact Board members please send information to: 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
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