Communicating with the Board

  • Families,

    We created an easier and more streamlined way for you to communicate with our Governing Board members if you are interested in contributing a comment during public comment of items not on the agenda. To do so, email: public.comment@sesk12.org

    Please keep in mind the following stipulations. Your email will be read by all Board members personally regardless if it is read in open session of the board meeting during public comment or not. Your email may or may not be read during public comment, depending on time. As a reminder, public comment on any item is limited to 3 minutes per person and 20 minutes total per topic.

    If you simply wish to email a particular Board member with a comment to share not during public comment at the board meetings, you may do so by continuing to use their individual email address as listed below.

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Gretchen Birtwhistle, Board President

Email:  gbirtwhistle@sesk12.org

Term:  December 2018 - December 2022

Gretchen Birtwhistle was raised in Tuolumne County. Gretchen and her husband, Justin, returned after college to raise their three children: Madeline, Jack and Lucy. She took an immediate interest in her children’s education and went on to be a teacher. Her education includes a B.S. in Food Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, a multiple subject and single subject teaching credentials and a Master’s of Science in Nutrition Education. She currently teaches at Sonora High School.

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Cody Ritts, Board Clerk

Email:  critts@sesk12.org

Term:  December 2018 - December 2022

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Kathy Francis, Trustee

Email:  kfrancis@sesk12.org

Term: December 2018 - December 2022

Born: Long Beach, CA. Graduate: University of the Pacific, BA. Retired elementary school teacher. 6th term on Board. (Past President and Clerk). Active in Children’s Home Society and Delta Kappa Gamma. Husband: Roger. Children: Kristi, Kerri, Katie, Ryan. Grandchildren: Kristin, Connor (4th generation SES students), Annika.

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Joyce Lupo, Trustee

Email: jlupo@sesk12.org

Term:  December 2020-December 2024

Born in Woodland CA in 1960, moved to Sonora in 1974 where I attended and graduated from Sonora High School. In 1978 I began my career in banking and attended Columbia Junior College. I now work from home. I am married to Jim Lupo and we have three daughters. Leeann the mother of our grandson Troy. Marissa and Hillary who graduated from Sonora Elementary School and Sonora High School. Fourth term board member.

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Reed Schoedl, Trustee

Email: rschoedl@sesk12.org

Term: June 2021 - December 2022

Appointed to the board and sworn in on June 9, 2021 following a vacancy.