Summary of the Board of Education Meeting on December 14th, 2022

The December 14th, 2022 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of closed session:

  • The Board took action in closed session to promote Carlos Castillo to Chief of Equity & Access.
  • The Board took action in closed session to promote Drone Jones to Director, Maintenance and Operations.
  • The Board took action in closed session to promote Malati Gopal to Executive Director, Human Resources/Labor Relations.
  • The Board took action in closed session to promote Lodgerio (Jerry) Jorge to Director, Maintenance and Operations.
  • The Board took action in closed session on one worker’s compensation case.

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

  • Superintendent Nelson started his remarks welcoming our newest Trustee, Ms. Susan Wittrup, representing the Bullard region. Superintendent also congratulated Clerk Islas, Trustee Davis, and Trustee Thomas on their re-election.
  • Superintendent then thanked the board for extending his employment contract to 2026, allowing him to continue the important work of the district and provide stability in a time when many other large urbans are lacking stable leadership.
  • Superintendent shared that Friday is our last day of school before our three week winter break. During the break thousands of students will be participating in our winter camps, and free lunches will be available on campuses for all children ages 1-18. For more information about locations, dates, and times please see our website at
  • Superintendent then shared his deep gratitude for all of the amazing work and accomplishments of our Fresno Unified family over this first semester. He shared the celebration that our Fresno Unified family’s work led our district to be highlighted as one of very few large, urban California districts that are well prepared and running well through CalMatters. CalMatters based their praise on the District Readiness Index, an index that rates school districts on 30 measures across five domains including Family and Community Engagement, Financial Management, Leadership and Governance, School Personnel, and Work Environment. He shared that data-backed recognition such as this speaks to the incredible work of our teams every day.
  • In the spirit of gratitude and giving, Superintendent ended his remarks sharing Bullard High School’s highlight sharing their students’ work on The Bullard Closet. You can watch that video here.

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 in the Matter of Declaring Certification of the November 08, 2022, Election
  • Adopted Job Description Tier II Intervention Specialist and Approved Revision to the Classified Hourly Salary Schedule for Tier II Intervention Specialist
  • Approved 2022/23 Classified Food Services Hourly, Classified Hourly, Fresno Teachers Association– Trades, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Crafts Hourly, Confidential Hourly, Supervisory Hourly, Certificated and Classified Management, Nurses and Speech Language Pathologists, Teachers and Librarians, Teachers on Special Assignment, Designated Teachers, Career Technical Ed/Vocational Ed Teachers, Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Instructors, Lori Ann Infant Center, Child Development Center and Pace Teachers, Adult Education, Pre-Kindergarten Teachers, and Classified Y-Rated Salary Schedule
  • Approved Certificated Retiree Contracts with Patricia Atitya and Arlene Rowan
  • Approved Agreement with Fresno County Sheriff’s Office to Place a Student Resource Officer at Wawona School
  • Approved Agreements with Intellias Inc.
  • Approved Agreement with Metamorphosis Therapy Group, Inc.
  • Approved Amendment to Agreement with Moreno Institute, LLC
  • Approved Award of Additional Vendors for Request for Qualifications 20-14, Professional Services – Construction Related Consultants
  • Approved Award of Bid 23-09, Sunnyside High School New Career Technical Education Health Science Building
  • Approved Rejection of Bid 23-03, Ericson Elementary School New Multipurpose Building, and Interim Housing
  • Ratified Grant Application for 21st Century Community Learning Center and After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens Program Grant Application
  • Ratified Grant Application to the Action for Healthy Kids District Partnership Grant Opportunity
  • Ratified Agreement with Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission Head Start Partnership and the Early Learning Department
  • Ratified Agreement with ASM Global
  • Ratified Two Agreements with San Diego State University and the National Center for Urban School Transformation

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

  • Discussed and Approved Appointment of Board Member Voting Representative and Alternate Voting Representative to the Fresno County Committee on School District Organization Elections

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

  • Received 2021/22 School Facility Fee Public Information Report
  • Received List of 2022 Board Member Committees and Organizations

Last, the Board of Education completed the Organization of the Board of Education electing Trustee Genoveva (Veva) Islas as Board President and Trustee Susan Wittrup as Board Clerk for the 2023 calendar year.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education will be on Wednesday, January 11th, 2023. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at

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