Summary of the Board of Education Meeting on April 10th, 2024

The April 10th, 2024 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of closed session:

  • The Board of Education took action in closed session to promote William Podsakoff to Principal III at DeWolf High School.
  • The Board of Education then shared a status update that they are considering options for the next steps of the Superintendent search. For purposes of transparency, the Board of Education will do an external search and will include community input.

Next, Superintendent Nelson provided a brief report to the Board of Education, including:

  • Superintendent Nelson started his remarks recognizing and celebrating Autism Acceptance Month, School Library Month, and Occupational Therapy Awareness Month.
  • Superintendent Nelson then shared a few reminders for families and staff including:
    • Now is the time to enroll your 3- and 4-year-olds in early learning! While these grades are not mandatory, research shows that students who participate in early learning see greater success in their academic journeys. Preschool and TK students are learning the foundations for reading success by 1st grade, improving their socialization skills, learning the rhythms and routines of school, and so much more. For more information and to enroll please visit our website at this link or call our team at 559-457-3416.
    • Please join us for Ideafest on Saturday, April 20th at Fresno City College. The event will highlight student works, include multicultural music and dance, and will be held on the West Lawn from 8am-1pm.
    • Staff can find a full media toolkit for our Every Day Counts attendance campaign on the Communications intranet SharePoint site at this link. Staff will find flyers, posters, social media graphics, messaging templates and more for teachers and site leaders to join in on the campaign to improve attendance.
    • We’re currently recruiting for Ethnic Studies Cohort 3 for elementary teachers who would like to incorporate Ethnic Studies into their classroom lessons. For more information, please check your Employee Zone email or see the flyer at this link.
  • Superintendent Nelson then shared many celebrations and shoutouts including:
    • Roosevelt School of the Arts Latin Jazz Ensemble who received unanimous superior ratings at the recent City Jazz Festival at Fresno City College! The entire band also received Outstanding Musicianship Certificates for their individual performances! Amazing work to the entire ensemble and thank you to George Ramirez for leading these talented students!
    • Shoutout goes to Greenberg’s Alden Vang who placed fourth out of 58 students at the recent Fresno County Spell Off! Way to go Alden!
    • Congratulations to our Fresno High Army JROTC Raider Team who brought home the win from the 26th Annual Central Valley California JROTC Association Athletic Field Meet! This was Fresno High’s first ever win at this event and the Raider Team was led by seniors Alexander Garcia, Nike Sitthi, and Roman Cardenas. Way to go team!
    • Our McLane Army JROTC ladies also deserve a big congratulations as they earned third place at the Raiders Championship, hosted at the Army Navy Academy in Carlsbad! Amazing work team!
    • Shoutout to Fresno High Construction Teacher Joel Osuna who was named an AMAE Teacher of the Year! Mr. Osuna is an amazing teacher and mentor, and if you want to hear it straight from his students head over to our Fresno Unified Instagram! We posted Mr. Osuna’s achievement earlier this week and several students took the time to comment with personal stories of how Mr. Osuna changed their lives. Thank you Mr. Osuna for all you do for our students!
    • Congratulations to both Fabiola Perez, Vice Principal at Bullard, and Floridia Cheung, Principal at Design Science, for being selected for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Holmes Scholars Program! Floridia and Fabiola are inaugural Holmes Scholar for Fresno State’s doctoral program in educational leadership! What an honor, we are so proud of you both and grateful to have you leading in our Fresno Unified family!
    • Shoutout to Nannette Arreola who has been recognized with a CIF Model Coach Award! Nannette is a long-time coach at Sunnyside High School, chairing the P.E. Department and coaching golf, soccer and softball. Nannette has been coaching our students for 30 years and her impact is immeasurable! After posting Nannette’s achievement on our Fresno Unified Facebook just yesterday she’s received hundreds of like and dozens of comments filled with stories of her impact and dedication. Congratulations Nannette for this well-deserved honor, one of just 14 coaches to be recognized across the state. Our district is better because of you!
    • A big way to go to our entire VAPA department as Fresno Unified was name a Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. This is the second year in a row Fresno Unified has been recognized and the national award recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Music and arts are a priority in Fresno Unified and we’re proud to see those efforts recognized nationally!
    • Kudos to our IT team for an incredibly successful 17th Annual Tournament of Technology! There was so much fun around the Y2K theme, and learning for our students since they weren’t even born at the turn of the millennium, everyone had a blast! This is one of my favorite events every year and my kids have such a great time watching all of the fun and innovation. Congratulations go to the Division 1 grand champion, Sequoia Middle School, and the Division 2 grand champions, Scandinavian and Tehipite Middle Schools! Way to go!
    • Congratulations and thank you to all who made the Foundation’s second annual Suit Drive a huge success! The goal was to double last year’s donations to a total of 4,000 items and the team crushed that goal bringing in more than 5,000 clothing items! Just last night our students were able to shop the clothing at the Foundation’s Suited for Success Event which was full of joy and hope for our amazing students. Thank you to the Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools and all donors for making this a reality for our students!
    • I am so thrilled, and shocked, to share that Monday’s Fresno High Regional Family Engagement Event brought together almost 3,000 families!! This is Parent University’s second year putting on these regional events with each Trustee, starting with a few hundred attendees to now thousands of attendees! Shoutout to Trustee Andy Levine, the Parent University team, and all the Fresno High regional principals and families for making this a record-breaking event! Students were awarded for meeting and exceeding their stretch growth goals on iReady and families received tons of resources including books to take home to build their home libraries. It cannot be understated how important opportunities like this are to bring our families onto our campuses and engage them in their students’ education – thank you to all who are making these opportunities a reality. Our next regional event is coming up with the McLane region later this month and the Hoover region in early May.
  • Superintendent Nelson then wrapped up his comments in the spirit of Autism Acceptance Month by sharing this video of Roosevelt’s 3rd Annual 3-2-1 Day.

Next, the Board of Education took the following action on the below consent agenda items:

  • Approved Personnel List
  • Adopted Findings of Fact and Recommendations of District Administrative Board
  • Approved Meeting Minutes
  • Adopted Resolution 24-39, Proclaiming April 2024 Autism Acceptance Month
  • Adopted Resolution 24-48, Proclaiming April 2024 as School Library Month
  • Adopted Revised Job Description for Chief, Human Resources/Labor Relations
  • Approved Agreement with Appleby Imaging Inc.
  • Approved Agreement with Kaiser Permanente Workforce Health Program – Class Pass
  • Approved Agreement with Men of Color in Educational Leadership
  • Approved Amendment to the Agreement with ASM Global
  • Approved Amendment to the Agreement with Kaleidoscope
  • Approved Vendor Designation Per Request for Qualifications 24-05S, Special Education Services
  • Approved Project Labor Agreement with Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare Counties Building and Construction Trades Council – Aviation Academy Project
  • Approved Award of Bid 24-39, Dailey Elementary Charter School Multipurpose Building Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Improvements
  • Approved Award of Bid 24-45, Kratt Elementary School Portables Installation and Single Point of Entry
  • Approved Award of Bid 24-49, Multipurpose Room Audio/Visual Upgrades at Various Sites
  • Approved Award of Request for Proposals 24-38, Athletic Turf Maintenance Services
  • Denied Claim GL23-1215-11100
  • Denied Claim GL24-0213-11037
  • Ratified Grant Application to the Diverse Education Leaders Pipeline Initiative Grant Program
  • Ratified Change Orders
  • Ratified the Filing of Notices of Completion
  • Ratified Purchase Orders from January 01, 2024, through January 31, 2024 – Primary Report
  • Ratified Purchase Orders from January 01, 2024, through January 31, 2024 –Supplemental Report

The Board of Education discussed the below conference/discussion agenda items:

  • Discussed and Approved Vendor Designation Per Request for Qualifications 23-30S4, Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning Services
  • Presented and Discussed English Learner Services Data and Program Updates
  • Presented and Discussed Farber Educational Campus Update
  • Presented and Discussed the 2024/25 Strategic Budget Development Phase III

The Board of Education received no Information or Reports at this meeting.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be on Wednesday, April 24th, 2024. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at board.fresnounified.org.

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