Maxwell native takes seat on CCOE board  


The Colusa County Board of Education appointed Lynn Bowen Burnham on Jan. 9 to represent Trustee Area 4, which includes Maxwell, Ladoga, Stonyford, and the area north of Williams.

Burnham 63, who lives in Maxwell, replaces Virginia Frias, of Williams, who served on the board since Nov. 28, 2014. Frias did not seek a second term in the Nov. 6, 2018 election. 

Burnham said she is looking forward to serving the next four years now that she has more time to dedicate herself to public service. 

Burnham recently opened The Difference Salon & Spa on Bridge Street, in Colusa, and still assists her husband, Dr. Leroy Burnham, in his veterinary clinic in Willows. However, she has retired from showing miniature horses around the wrld, and feels she can make the commitment to the Board of Education, which is primarily responsible for budget approval and policy development for the Office of Education, as well and serving as an appeals board for interdistrict attendance and expulsions. 

“I use to be out a lot more with my horses, but I am home now and I have more time to do this,” she said. 

Burnham, who was born and raised in Colusa County, was interviewed by the Board of Education just prior to her appointment on a 4-0 vote, said she only considered applying for the position when she learned there was a need. 

Trustees are typically elected to their seats, however, no candidates ran for either Area 3 or 4 in the last election. Jason McMullen, of Williams, was appointed to the District 3 seat in December.  

Burnham was a longtime bus driver for the Colusa County Office of Education’s Special Education program, having gotten her start as a bus driver for Maxwell Unified. 

Her children attended Maxwell schools, as do her nieces and nephews. 

“I’m proud of Maxwell,” she said. “It’s a good little town.” ■

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