Summary of the Board of Education Meeting on December 13, 2023

The December 13th, 2023 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of closed session:

  • The board took action in closed session on a personnel complaint appeal, ordering a supplemental investigation.

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

  • Superintendent Nelson started his remarks wishing all happy holidays and sharing his gratitude to our school sites for bringing the magic of the holiday season to their schools and our students all throughout the month of December.
  • Superintendent Nelson also recognized that with the start of the winter break next week also comes our first session of our winter camps. Superintendent Nelson implored families who are signed up to please take full advantage of your camps and stick through the full camp week. Session two of our winter camps begin on January 2nd, and Superintendent wishes everyone a great camp experience.
  • Superintendent also shared with all that we will be provided free lunches over winter break to those ages 1-18 at several of our campuses. Children must be present and consume the lunches on site between 11:15am-12:30pm, Monday through Friday. For lists of locations, dates, and times please head to our website or use this direct link.
  • Superintendent then encouraged our certificated staff to please take advantage of the upcoming Winter PL Summit happening virtually on January 4th and 5th. Superintendent shared there are tons of offerings, including sessions supporting instruction, social-emotional learning, and family engagement. Superintendent reminded our teachers they will be paid at their supplemental rate for participating. Teachers can refer to their Employee Zone email from Communications for the links to register.
  • Superintendent Nelson then made a plea to our community for volunteer crossing guards to serve our schools and help keep our students safe. Superintendent shared that interested volunteers can reach out to their school site directly and/or call (559) 603-1325.
  • Superintendent Nelson then provided a few recognitions and shout outs:
    • Armand Chavez is retiring at the end of December after nearly 31 years with Fresno Unified. Armand spent his nearly 31 years in our Safety Department starting as a Campus Safety Assistant at Yosemite Middle School and then on to Lead CSA at Duncan. In 2008 Armand joined the newly formed district safety office as a safety specialist and soon was promoted to the department manager. Thank you Armand for your years of service keeping our students, staff and families safe.
    • Ed Dewitt is also retiring soon and has served Fresno Unified for more than 35 years! Ed assisted in the creation of the Assessment Information System, better known as AiS as well as the creation and implementation of the Student Conduct Referral portal within that same system.  He was a pioneer in state reporting for the California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) and California School Information Services (CSIS). He also assisted with the coordination of the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) which has been in operation since 2009! Among numerous other projects, Ed has continuously and selflessly mentored and supported the professional development of dozens of staff over the years. We are fortunate to have shared space with such an amazing colleague and friend – congratulations and thank you Ed!
    • Congratulations to the Hoover CSA team who received the Golden Nugget for Safety Excellence award from our Safety Department. They received the award for their great job implementing 5 Star Students resulting in decreased tardiness and better relationships between staff and students.
    • Shout out our amazing Kirk students and families who held their second annual sock drive! Led by Kirk’s BSU students, Kirk worked to get donations of new socks that would be donated to the Marjaree Mason Center. Superintendent Nelson shared this story that ABC30 did highlighting our amazing students. 
  • Superintendent Nelson closed his remarks wishing everyone a restful winter break.

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
  • Approved Position and Adopted Job Description of Senior Interpreter– Translator, Bilingual, and the Classified Hourly Salary Schedule with Senior Interpreter – Translator, Bilingual
  • Approved Certificated Retiree Contract for Elementary Music
  • Approved Amendment No. 4 to Employment Agreement for Superintendent Robert G. Nelson, Ed.D.
  • Approved Amendment No. 1 to Employment Agreement for Chief Academic Officer Natasha Baker, E.D.
  • Approved Amendment No. 1 to Employment Agreement for Chief Financial Officer Patrick Jensen
  • Approved Amendment No. 1 to Employment Agreement for Chief Operations and Labor Relations Paul Idsvoog
  • Approved Revised Amendment No. 1 to Employment Agreement for Deputy Superintendent Mao M. Her
  • Approved Revised Employment Agreement for Chief Human Resources and Labor Relations David Chavez
  • Approved Agreement with Adventure Education Solutions
  • Approved Agreement with the Resiliency Center of Fresno
  • Approved Multiyear Agreement for Cisco Cybersecurity Services
  • Approved Award of Bid 24-26, Wolters Elementary School Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Energy Management System Replacement
  • Approved Award of Bid 24-28, Lowell Elementary School Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Energy Management System Replacement
  • Approved Use of Individual Piggyback Contracts
  • Approved Proposed Revisions for Board Policies
  • Ratified Agreement with Nancy Akhavan Consulting Inc.
  • Ratified Agreement with St. Paul Armenian Church
  • Ratified Application Services Grant from the Department of Homeland Security
  • Ratified Change Orders

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

  • Presented and Discussed Safety and Security Investments and Strategic Planning Update
  • Discussed and Approved Appointment of Board Member Voting Representative and Alternate Voting Representative to the Fresno County Committee on School District Organization Elections
  • Discussed and Approved Appointment to the Delegate Assembly of the California School Boards Association

The Board of Education received the following Information or Reports at this meeting:

  • Received 2022/23 School Facility Fee Public Information Report
  • Received List of Board Member Committees and Organizations
  • Received Constituent Services Quarterly Reporting

The Board of Education then completed their annual organization of the Board of Education resulting in Susan Wittrup being named the new President of the Board of Education and Valerie Davis being named the new Clerk of the Board of Education.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be on Wednesday, January 10th, 2023. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at

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