Tulare City District Office Building

Governing Board

The TCSD Board of Trustees consists of five Tulare City community members elected to this position by public vote. This board assists the district in planning, budgeting, and implementing school programs.

Board of Trustee Meetings

The presiding officer or a majority of the board members may call special meetings of the board at any time. The officer or board members shall post this notice at least 24 hours before the meeting in a location freely accessible to the public. 

Board Meeting Location:

District Office Board Room 
600 N. Cherry
Tulare, CA 93274
2020-2021 Meeting Dates:
July 14, 2020 12:00 Noon
February 9, 2021 4:00 p.m.
August 11, 2020 5:30 p.m. February 23, 2021 5:30 p.m.
September 8 & 22, 2020 5:30 p.m. March 9 & 23, 2021 5:30 p.m.
October 13 & 27, 2020  5:30 p.m.
April 13, 2021 5:30 p.m.
November 10, 2020  5:30 p.m. May 11 & 25, 2021 5:30 pm
December 15, 2020  2:00 p.m. June 8 & 22, 2021 12:00 Noon
January 26, 2021 5:30 p.m.  

Tulare City School District Board of Trustees


Melissa Janes (Area 3)

Board Member since December 1996. Term expires November 2020.

Background: Tulare resident over 40 years. Parent of two children that attended Tulare City School District who are college graduates and established in their careers.

Professional Background: Registered Nurse: Director of Education and Infection Prevention, Tulare Regional Medical Center (1978-2013); Infection Prevention Manager, Kaweah Delta Healthcare District (2013-2018); presently Independent Infection Prevention Consultant. CSBA Masters in Governance (Class of 2003), attends CSBA annual conferences, attends Tulare County School Boards Association conferences.

Community Involvement: Tours every school, every classroom, every year since election; Vice-Chairman, Tulare County Committee on School District Reorganization of Tulare County; member of the Comprehensive School Wellness Committee (2000-2013); Tulare Lighthouse Rescue Mission Board; Encore Theater, various school sports, booster clubs, and activities during children's' school years; A lifelong PTA Award recipient; member of local Association of Infection Control (APIC) professionals; member of local Educators of Central Valley Healthcare Organizations (ECHCO); member Soroptimist (2001-2014).

Personal Statement: It has been an honor and a privilege serving the community on the Tulare City School Board since 1996. I look forward to working together as we assure our children's future in lifelong learning.


Irene Henderson (Area 1)
Vice President

Board Member since May 2013. Term expires November 2022.

Background: Parent of two children who attended Tulare City School District and Tulare Joint Union High School District

Professional Background: School Administrator (Retired)

Community Involvement: Tulare County Office of Education: Supervisor for New Teacher and Leadership Development; National University and Western Governors University: Special Education Intern and Student Teacher Supervisor; Delta Kappa Gamma Society: Support the professional growth of women educators and participate in a world society to make a difference for children.



Daniel Enriquez (Area 2)

Board Member since December 2015. Term expires November 2020.

Background: Lifelong Tulare resident; attended Tulare City Schools - Lincoln Elementary, Maple Elementary and Mulcahy Middle School

Professional Background: Owner of Hazel's Kitchen Downtown Tulare

Community Involvement: Tulare Downtown Association Board of Directors 2006-2012, President 2008-2010; Tulare Historical Society Board Member 2008-2011; Tulare Chamber of Commerce Board Member 2009-2011; Tulare Sunrise Rotary Member 2007-Present, President 2013-2014; District Rotary Youth Exchange Chair 2019-Present

Special Recognition:  Tulare County Rising Star 2009; Tulare Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year 2011; District Rotarian of the Year 2017-2018

Personal Statement: It is an honor representing you in Trustee Area 2  on the Tulare City School Board, a privilege that I don't take lightly.


Teresa Garcia (Area 5)

Board Member since December 1996. Term expires on November 2020.

Background: Lifelong Tulare resident, two children, and two grandchildren

Professional Background: Retired City of Tulare - Police Department 1965-2008, Masters in Governance 2003, and Leadership Tulare 1996

Community Involvement: Vice President Tulare City School District Board of Education, past president and member; Tulare County School Board Association (CSBA), Delegate Assembly Member 2011-2013; CSBA Member; TCOE Excellence in Education Selection Committee Member; Vice President Tulare Volunteer Bureau; Advisory Board Member Salvation Army; HACER Member

Special Recognition: City of Tulare 2004 Community Service Award, Tulare County Chapter ACSA 2004 Golden Apple Award, Tulare Volunteer Bureau 2003, Volunteer of the Year Award, and City of Tulare 1973 Employee of the Year Award

Personal Statement: I have served as a Board Member since 1996. Children come first, continues to be my philosophy and is the basis that drives my decision-making process. It is my belief that advocating and promoting lifelong learning prepares all children for success global-wide. I feel honored representing the community and being part of a Team that is providing the best education for our youth.



Willard Epps (Area 4)

Board Member since December 2018 (previous September 1995 - December 2015). Term expires on November 2022.

Background: Tulare resident for over 46 years. Parent of two children who attended Tulare City School District and Tulare Joint Union High School District.

Professional Background: Retired Fire Chief, Tulare City Fire Department, Interim City Manager, City of Tulare

Community Involvement: Tulare Youth Service Bureau Board Member; Reaching Higher Youth Group Board Member; Greater Tulare Recreation Foundation Board Member; Tulare Community Health Clinic Board Member; Big Brothers Big Sisters Board Member; CSU, Fresno Advisory Board

Special Recognition: Man of the Year - 2006, Tulare Chamber of Commerce; Inducted into College of the Sequoias Hall of Fame, 1999; Volunteer of the Year - 1993, Tulare Volunteer Bureau; Medal of Valor - 1983, City of Tulare

Personal Statement: I believe in giving the students of Tulare City School District every opportunity to be successful. Success starts with Education. 

Board Policies
Agenda and Minutes

Feel free to take a look at the agenda and minutes of this fiscal year:

Agenda Packet
Helpful Info:
2020 Governing Board Elections
Board Member Contact Info:
(559) 685-7212

Looking for the agenda packets and minutes from last school year? For your convenience, you may visit our archives at any time.