Summary of the Board of Education Meeting on August 24th, 2022

The August 24th, 2022 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of closed session:

  • The Board took action to approve a lateral move of Erica Piedra to Director, General of English Learner Services.

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

  • Superintendent Nelson started his remarks thanking our Fresno Unified family for a great opening of schools – one of the best he’s experienced in 32 years of education.
  • Superintendent Nelson then shared about the Governor and First Partner’s visit to Fresno Unified, specifically McLane High School, to lift our district up as a model for supporting our students’ social emotional and mental health needs. We’re proud of McLane senior, Aliyah Barajas, for so courageously sharing her own story and bringing us all back to our why.
  • Superintendent then shared his excitement about the official grand opening of Juan Felipe Herrera Elementary School. Earlier this week the district celebrated with Juan Felipe Herrera himself, his family, our students, staff, and community leaders. This is our first wall-to-wall STEAM elementary school, with dedicated maker spaces, specially designed early learning classrooms, and the first elementary school with a dedicated music room. The 17-acre school includes much green space, a health clinic through United Health Centers, and many other amenities to the Southeast Fresno community. Superintendent thanked our voters for passing our bond measures, which make investments such as this school a reality.
  • Superintendent then shouted out all of our champions who have helped to launch our HBCU Step Up Program. This program created a partnership between Fresno Unified and Benedict college, an HBCU or Historically Black College or University. This program brings the opportunity for students at 3 of our comprehensive high schools to be dually enrolled at their high school and Benedict College, where our students will participate in live, virtual college courses with Benedict professors. Students will be able to earn a full semester’s worth of transferable credit as they build their college-goer identity and explore the amazing benefits of an HBCU.
  • Superintendent shared his excitement for the upcoming renaming celebration of H. Roger Tatarian Elementary School next week.
  • Superintendent congratulated Deputy Superintendent Misty Her for being named one of Marjaree Mason Center’s Top 10 Professional Women for 2022.
  • Superintendent ended his remarks sharing this video wrapping up the excitement from our first week of school.

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 Minutes from Prior Meeting
  • Adopted Resolution for Certifying Course-Based Independent Study
  • Approved Hiring Noncredentialled Consultants for the 2022/23 School Year Per California Education Code 58803
  • Approved Agreement with Another Level Training Academy
  • Approved Agreement between Fresno Unified School District and Finalsite
  • Approved Amended Inter Jurisdictional Exchange Agreement between Fresno Unified School District and State Center Community College District
  • Approved Proposed Revisions for Board Policies
  • Approved and Ratified Retiree Contracts for Fresno Adult School Teachers for the 2022/23 Academic School Year
  • Ratified Amended Agreement with Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Early Stars
  • Ratified David and Lucile Packard Foundation Grant
  • Ratified Change Orders

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

  • Discussed and Acknowledged Receipt of the 2022-2025 Initial Successor Proposal from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers to the Fresno Unified School District
  • Discussed and Adopted the Successor Contract Proposal for 2022-2025 from the Fresno Unified School District to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

The Board of Education received the following Information or Reports:

  • Received the Fresno Unified School District Fourth Quarter Investment Report for Fiscal Year 2021/22

The next scheduled board workshop is on Wednesday, September 7th and the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education will be on Wednesday, September 14th, 2022. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at

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