The April 24th, 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 reassign Autumn Prestidge to Principal III at Malloch Elementary School.
  • The Board of Education took action in closed session to promote Marion (Jahmaal) Sawyer to Principal III at Hamilton K-8 School.
  • The Board of Education took action in closed session on three workers’ compensation settlements. 
  • The Board of Education then shared a status update that they engaged in discussion on options for the next steps of the Superintendent search. Additional updates will be provided in subsequent board meetings.

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

  • Superintendent Nelson spent his remarks celebrating and recognizing several things including:
    • The continued efforts to increase CalKIDS adoption, specifically Roosevelt’s efforts last week to sign up 167 qualified students in one day,
    • Comparative data with 13 large California districts similar to Fresno Unified from 2022 to 2023 showing that Fresno Unified is ranked number one in decreasing chronic absenteeism, ranked number one in distance from standard (DFS) improvement in mathematics, and ranked number three in distance from standard (DFS) improvement in English Language Arts (ELA) – all data to motivate and validate the efforts of our more than 10,000 employees,
    • Edison students Matthew Pitcher, Cate Chielpegian, Violet Mack, Mason Pitcher and Kyle Mrkaich who became National History Day-California champions! They will compete in D.C. in June. Additional shoutouts to finalists Jeremy Montes, Liliana Beltran, and Amoni Allen,
    • Congratulations to the forensic teams from the Edison, Bullard and McLane! They are headed to the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Championships in Des Moines in June. Representing are; Julissa Rios and Alys Garcia Cruz in DUO Interpretation from Edison, Hunter Ellis in Lincoln-Douglas debate, Samantha Costa in World Schools Debate and Addison O’Rourke in National Extemporaneous speaking all from Bullard, and Evan Galvan qualified in World Schools Debate from McLane,
    • Thank you to Patino School of Entrepreneurship and their partners at Bloomberg Beta for another great Junior showcase! Junior teams of entrepreneurs were able to pitch their business ideas to professionals from Bloomberg Beta, a venture capital firm who invests in startups. Bloomberg Beta employees gave critical feedback to our students to continue refining their businesses and pitches. Great work to the Patino team for nurturing these critical partnerships and for developing the next generation of amazing Fresno entrepreneurs,
    • Shoutout to Fresno High School’s Warriors winter guard! The Warriors defeated 10 schools from the Central Valley to take first place at the South Valley Winter Arts Association competition,
    • Congratulations to Elliot Garcia, a senior cadet in the Air Force JROTC program at Duncan Polytechnical High School! Elliot has been accepted into the Air Force JROTC Flight Academy. Elliot is the third cadet from Duncan in two years to be admitted to this highly competitive academy,
    • Shoutout to Hoover’s Dara Johnson was named the Central Section’s Norm MacKenzie Rookie of the Year!
    • Congratulations are in order for Board Clerk Valerie Davis! Last week, Clerk Davis was surprised by receiving the 2024 Del Cederquist Board Member of Distinction Award from the Fresno County School Trustee Association,
    • On Monday McLane hosted their event bringing together more than 3,500 families, again breaking the record for attendance! Students were awarded for their literacy gains and families were able to enjoy some beautiful performances, eat great food, and gather resources from across the district and community. Thank you to Parent University, Trustee Islas, and our entire McLane region for the efforts you put in to make this a fantastic event, and
    • Shoutout to our DEI division who put on the inaugural Multicultural Summit for our students! Superintendent Nelson shared this video highlight of the event.
  • Superintendent Nelson closed his remarks inviting all for a day of innovation, competition, and fun! This Saturday, Fresno Unified high school students will square off in Robotics and Drone tournaments at Sunnyside High School. The competition kicks off at 8 a.m. at Sunnyside High School. The awards ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Parents and visitors are welcome!

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 24-53, Proclaiming May 08, 2024, as National School Nurse Day
  • Approved New Job Description for Fence Erector
  • Approved 2023/24 Salary Schedule Revisions – Classified Food Services Hourly Reflecting 8.5% increase, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Crafts Hourly Reflecting 8.5% increase, and Certificated Substitute Daily Salary Schedule
  • Approved Agreement with Allied Universal
  • Ratified Agreement with Nancy Akhavan Consulting
  • Approved Agreement with ProSolve for the 2023/24 Summer Academy
  • Approved Agreement with WestEd
  • Approved Amendment to the Agreement with Baltara Enterprises LP
  • Approved Amendment to the Agreement with Deborah McCoy
  • Approved Amendment to the Agreement with Guevara Arts and Leadership
  • ITEM TABLED – Award of Bid 24-54, Bullard High School Fencing Improvements
  • Approved Award of Bid 24-55, Manchester Elementary School Portable Confidential Space Installation
  • Approved Award of Bid 24-56, Fresno High School Auxiliary Gym, and Site Improvements
  • Approved Award of Bid 24-60, McCardle Elementary School Portables Improvement
  • Approved Rejection of Request for Proposal 24-52, Wi-Fi Equipment for School Bus Connectivity
  • Approved Vendor Designation Per Request for Qualifications 22-09S and 22- 09S2, Extended Learning Enrichment Services
  • Approved Proposed Revisions to Board Policies
  • Ratified Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement between Fresno Adult School and San Joaquin College of Law
  • Ratified Change Orders

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

  • Presented and Discussed Expanding Student-Centered and Real-World Learning Experiences
  • Publicly Disclosed and Ratified of the 2023-2026 Negotiated Successor Tentative Agreement between Fresno Unified School District and Fresno Teachers Association Trades
  • Presented and Discussed the 2024/25 Strategic Budget Development Phase IV

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

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be a special board workshop on Monday, April 29th, 2024. The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be on Wednesday, May 8th, 2024. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at

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