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Longtime school board trustee sees more she'd like to accomplish

Lynn MacDonald has served for 3 decades
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal Staff Writer
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Lynn MacDonald and the Placer Union High School District have quite a history. MacDonald, a Colfax resident since 1973, has served on the district’s board of trustees for three decades. She’s seen a lot of change in the district over the past three decades, and her excitement for education has yet to taper, which is why she’s running, unopposed, for another four-year term. “There’s still some things in the works that I’d like to see happen,” she said. “There’s always something going on.” MacDonald, whose résumé includes work as an area substitute teacher and as a Placer County Office of Education home-school teacher, first got the idea to run for school board from Walt Carson, a teacher at Colfax High. “He said, ‘You should run for school board. It’s only two meetings a month,’” she recalls. MacDonald’s involvement as a board member spans far beyond just attending a couple meetings each month. “You could do something every day of the week, and our school board’s really involved,” she said. “We’re really out there.” MacDonald’s favorite part of the job comes at the end of every school year. “Going to graduation, it’s so exciting. Parents are so happy,” she said. “No matter where you go, everyone’s so happy and feels so accomplished. It’s my favorite time of year.” MacDonald quite enjoys representing the communities of Colfax High, where her three children graduated, and Foresthill High, which she’s represented from the get-go. “Foresthill is very much like Colfax. There’s a lot of spirit,” she said. The passage of the $41.5-million Measure W in November 1999 resulted in, among other projects, the construction of Foresthill High School. “We spent a lot of time with the community, millions of meetings, to work on the design,” MacDonald said. Sue Lunsford, Foresthill High School principal, has enjoyed working with MacDonald. “Lynn was an instrumental part of working with the community to open Foresthill High School and did a great job promoting the school district and the voice of the community to the planning team,” she said. “She was a great listener and just helped with the overall coordination of the whole project. She’s a wonderful woman, and has been a longtime board member. It’s just been really nice to have that consistency on the board. She definitely knows what’s in the best interest of the school district and the kids.” MacDonald said there’s still a lot to be excited about as far as the district is concerned. Her current interests are the district’s focus on literacy and career technology education during the current school year. “Our focus is not only on academic achievement, but also on vocational skills,” she said. MacDonald, who serves as a California School Boards Association regional delegate, appreciates both the board’s and district administration’s healthy work ethic. “We don’t always agree on everything, but we work together and with each other to reach a consensus,” she said. MacDonald believes the Placer Union district has unique leadership and a connection with its communities “There is just a great spirit throughout the district for achievement, and that’s what keeps me going here,” she said. Loryll Nicolaisen can be reached at lorylln@goldcountrymedia.com, or comment online at Auburnjournal.com.