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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is elected by voters within the district’s boundaries to provide leadership and citizen oversight of the district’s schools. Tracy Unified’s Board of Education is composed of seven elected officials who fulfill the following major roles:

    • Developing a long-term vision for the district;
    • Establishing and maintaining a basic organizational structure for the district, including the selection of the Superintendent who works with the Board to implement the district vision;
    • Ensuring educational program accountability and fiscal accountability to the local community; and
    • Providing leadership and advocacy at the local, state and national levels on behalf of children, district programs and public education.
Board of Education meetings are open to the public. Meetings are typically scheduled for the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month starting at 7 p.m. in the District Education Center Boardroom, 1875 W. Lowell Ave. Meetings are also shown each Thursday evening at 8:30 p.m. on local cable Channel 26. 

Meet the TUSD Board of Trustees

  

James Vaughn, Board President

James Vaughn was first elected to the Board in November 2004 and is currently serving his third four-year term.

During the 2013 calendar year, Mr. Vaughn will serve as the Board Representative to the following district and community committees and organizations:

              • Budget
              • Facility Use Policy Review
              • Family Life
              • Special Education
              • TAPFFA

During the spring of 2010, Mr. Vaughn completed CSBA’s highly-acclaimed Masters in Governance program. The Masters in Governance program consists of extensive training in the areas of school finance, human resources, community relations, etc. This training assists board members in effective governance practices.

Mr. Vaughn earned a BA in Administration of Justice and an MA in Special Education from San Jose State University.

He has worked in education for 16 years and is currently a program specialist for the Stanislaus County Office of Education's Autism Program. Mr. Vaughn is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He has lived in Tracy for 10 years.
 
Mr. Vaughn can be reached at jvaughn@tusd.net.

 

Gregg Crandall, Board Vice President

Gregg Crandall was first elected to the Board in November 2002 and is currently serving his third four-year term. 

During the 2013 calendar year, Mr. Crandall will serve as the Board Representative to the following district and community committees and organizations:

            • CALSSD
            • District Attendance Are
            • Legislative Action
            • Facility Use Policy Review
            • Facilities Advisory (Alternate)

He can be reached at gcrandall@tusd.net. 

 

Ted Guzman, Clerk

Ted Guzman was first elected to the Board in November 2006 and is currently serving his second four-year term.
 
During the 2013 calendar year, Mr. Guzman will serve as the Board Representative to the following district and community committees and organizations:
              • Charter Schools
              • City Schools Liaison
              • Facilities Advisory
              • Facility Use Policy Review
              • Tracy Learning Center Ad Hoc Board Member
He can be reached at tguzman@tusd.net.

 

 

 Greg Silva, Board Member
Greg Silva was elected (by County Appointment) to the Board in November 2010 and is currently serving his first four-year term.
 
During the 2013 calendar year, Mr. Silva will serve as the Board Representative to the following district and community committees and organizations:
              • Budget
              • Charter Schools
              • Facilities Advisory
              • San Joaquin CSBA
              • TAPFFA
              • Tracy Parks and Recreation (Alternate)
Mr. Silva has served on several school committees, including Measure E and Measure S School Facilities Bond oversight committees, the District Budget Advisory committee, and the Superintendent’s advisory board. He has also been actively involved with various school site parent action committees and with Merrill West High School Home Field Advantage Athletic Booster Club.
 
Mr. Silva is an Army veteran and holds a BA in Business Management and an AA in Social Science. He has been employed by Farmers Insurance Group for 33 years and is currently a Special Investigation Manager in charge of regulatory compliance.
 
Mr. Silva grew up on a small dairy near Atwater and graduated from Atwater High School. He and his wife have lived in Tracy for more than 25 years and their three sons are either graduates of or currently attending Tracy district schools.
 
Mr. Silva can be reached at greg.silva@tusd.net.
 
 

Walter Gouveia, Board Member

Walter Gouveia was elected to the Board in November 2008 and is currently serving his second four-year term.

During the 2013 calendar year, Mr. Gouveia will serve as the Board Representative to the following district and community committees and organizations:

              • City Schools
              • District Attendance Area
              • Legislative Action
              • TAPFFA
              • Tracy Parks and Recreation
              • Facility Use Policy Review (Alternate)

Mr. Gouveia earned his AB in Business Marketing from California State University, San Francisco, his MS in Counseling and Guidance from California State University, Hayward, his Tier One Administrative Credential from California State University, Stanislaus and his Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential from Chapman University.

He began his career in Tracy schools in 1979, serving as a guidance counselor at Tracy High School. In 2006, he moved to the Tracy Adult School as Director of Adult, Career Technical Education and Independent Studies. He retired from TUSD in June 2008.

An active participant in the Tracy community, Mr. Gouveia has served on the Board of Directors for the Tracy Chamber of Commerce and Southside Community Center, is a member of Tracy’s Mayor Youth Community Support Network and the TUSD Superintendent’s Diversity Committee and serves as First Vice President of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Club.

Mr. Gouveia lives in Tracy with his wife, Mercedes Silveira-Gouveia and has two sons who both graduated from Tracy High School.

Mr. Gouveia can be reached at wgouveia@tusd.net.

  

Jill Costa, Board Member
 
Jill Costa was appointed to the Board by the District in August 2010, elected by County Appointment to the Board in November 2010 (two-year term), and elected in November 2012, now serving her first four-year term.
 
During the 2013 calendar year, Mrs. Costa will serve as the Board Representative to the following district and community committees and organizations:
            • Charter Schools
            • City Schools Liaison
            • Family Life
            • Legislative Action
            • San Joaquin CSBA
            • Budget (Alternate)
            • Tracy Learning Center Ad Hoc Board Member (Alternate)
Mrs. Costa hopes to bring a positive influence to help the District's ongoing efforts to stop bullying. She has volunteered the past three years with the West High Track Team.
 
Mrs. Costa is a retired AT&T Network Operations Manager and currently serves as the local representative for the affordable food distribution service, The Treasure Box. She is also a member of the state CSBC Disaster Relief team. Mrs. Costa has provided leadership as an executive board member for Women’s Ministry and Missions support.
 
She and her husband, Rudy, have lived in Tracy for more than 15 years. Their grandson was a West High School graduate in 2010. She currently has grandchildren attending TUSD schools.
 
Mrs. Costa can be reached at jcosta@tusd.net
 
 
 
Kelly Lewis, Board Member
 
Kelly Lewis was appointed to the Board by the District in January 2013 and is serving a two-year term. Mr. Lewis previously served on the TUSD Board of Education from from 1998 to 2010.
 
During the 2013 calendar year, Mr. Lewis will serve as the Board Representative to the following district and community commitees and organizations:
        • Budget
        • CALSSD
        • District Attendance Area
        • Facilities Advisory
        • City Schools Liaison (Alternate)
        • TAPFFA (Alternate)
Mr. Lewis is the Vice President of Chubb Insurance. He is a community volunteer active in Relay for Life, Little League and Parks and Recreation.
 

Mr. Lewis can be reached at klewis@tusd.net.