Summary of the Board of Education Meeting on December 18, 2019

The December 18 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of Closed Session

  • The Board took action on two workers’ compensation claims

Next, Executive Officer of the Instructional Division, Bryan Wells, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

  • Highlighting that we are very grateful for all of our community, parents, staff and students who taken time to take care of each other and celebrate one another here at the district. We have had so many folks adopt families, give gifts, plan celebrations, and recognize their peers in beautiful ways. Thank you for taking time and energy to contribute to a positive, loving culture here a Fresno Unified.
  • Next, Superintendent reminded that the LCAP Goals Survey is available to provide feedback, and the community engagement workshops will happen in January and February. Meetings will take place in each region and all workshops will provide childcare, dinner and translation services. Plus, each adult participant will receive a free ticket to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo for their participation. Students, parent and community input is vital to our district determining where we will invest our dollars directly to improve students’ outcomes.  ​
  • Superintendent shared that the district’s Teacher Hiring Expo will take place on January 23, 2020 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at McLane High School. Staff will be conducting interview with jobs offers possible to qualified candidates. If you know of anyone that would make a great teacher, let them know of this opportunity.   
  • Superintendent Nelson shared that next month we will be celebrating Fresno High School’s 130th Birthday. On January 14, a great celebration will take place at 4:30 p.m. starting in Royce Hall at Fresno High. The Fresno High Alumni Association will be sharing a gift with the school. T. L. Heaton’s leadership and organization brought Fresno High to life in 1889 to serve all the youth in Fresno at the time. In 1919 the first three buildings of the Fresno High campus we know now were designed with Fresno High moving to its current location in 1922. The impact of 130 years of education here in Fresno can not be overlooked- happy birthday to Fresno High!
  • Superintendent shared a reminder about our Winter Meals program is up and running. Again, youth do no need to be Fresno Unified students and there is no registration necessary. For a list of sites and times, please visit
  • Lastly, superintendent acknowledged that in celebration of Computer Science Week las t week, students from Leavenworth’s Elementary School CoderGirlz club assisted community and district leaders in learning how to write several lines of computer code. Fresno Unified participated in the Hour of Code week, which involved students in more than 180 countries. Leavenworth’s club is among the 14 CoderGirlz clubs and 33 CoderClubs created since 2015 in the district. Technology and coding have traditionally been a male dominated industry, but Fresno Unified wants to change that by aggressively promoting computer science career opportunities to female students. You can check out a short video covering the awesome event 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 the District Administrative Board
  • Approved Minutes from Prior Meeting
  • Approved Renewal Agreement with Envision Insurance Company for Retiree Prescription Services
  • Approved Award of Bid 20-11, Ericson Elementary School Early Learning Building Construction and Interim Housing Infrastructure
  • Approved Proposed Revisions for Board Policies
    • BP 0410 Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities
    • BP 1312.3 Uniform Complaint Procedures
    • BP 5113.2 Work Permits
    • BP 5116 Student Attendance Boundaries and Student Transfers
    • BP 5116.1 Intradistrict and Interdistrict Voluntary Enrollment
    • BP 5131.2 Anti-Bullying
    • BP 5145.13 Response to Immigration Enforcement
    • BP 5145.3 Nondiscrimination/Harassment
    • BP 5145.52 Suicide Prevention
    • BP 5145.9 Hate-Motivated Behavior
    • BP 6142.7 Physical Education and Activity
    • BP 6145 Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities
    • BP 6145.2 Athletic Competition
    • (NEW) BP 6159.1 Procedural Safeguards and Complaints for Special Education
    • BP 6164.2 Guidance/Counseling Services
    • (NEW) BP 6164.41 Children with Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Private School
    • BP 6177 Summer School
    • BP 6178.1 Work Experience Education
    • BP 6200 Adult Education
  • Approved Position and Adopted Job Description for Physical Therapist
  • Approved 2019/20 and Prior Years’ Fresno Teachers Association- Building Trades Professionals and Intranational Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Salary Schedules
  • Not approved Agreement with Terris Barnes Walters, Boigon Health, Inc. for Public Information Services Related to Measure M
  • Ratified Submission of Grant Application to the Fresno Council of Governments for the 2019-20 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program; and Adopted Resolution 19-26 Supporting and Implementing the Timely Use of Federal Transportation Funding for Five New Compressed Natural Gas School Buses
  • Ratified Agreement with Claremont Partners
  • Ratified Agreement for the 2019 Fansler Foundation Grant Program for Rata High School
  • Ratified Grant Award from Kaiser Permanente Foundation
  • Ratified Change Orders for the Projects Listed Below
  • Bid 18-13, Duncan Polytechnical High School Career Technical Education (CTE) Classroom Building Construction and Alteration to Existing Shop Building
  • Bid 19-36, Fresno High School Locker Room and Weight Room HVAC Improvements
  • Bid 19-47, Pyle Elementary School Portable Restroom Relocation and Infrastructure
  • Bid 19-50 Sections A and B, Portable Classroom Relocation and Infrastructure for Ewing, Kirk, Phoenix Elementary, Sunset, Vang Pao and Wilson Elementary Schools
  • Ratified the Filing of Notices of Completion
  • Bid 19-26 sections A and B, Boiler Replacement for Balderas and Centennial Elementary Schools, Cooper Middle School, and McLane High School
  • Bid 19-47, Pyle Elementary School Portable Restroom Relocation and Infrastructure

Next, the Board of Education discussed and took action on the below conference/discussion agenda items:

  • Discussed the Matter of the Aspen Ridge High School Charter Petition (there weren’t enough votes to approve or deny the petition)
  • Appointment of Board Member Voting Representative and Alternate Voting Representative to the Fresno County Committee on School District Organization Elections (pulled from agenda)
  • Presented and Discussed Fresno Unified High School Robotics Club
  • Presented and Discussed Updates on the 2019/20 Local Control and Accountability Plan Actions
  • Presented and Discussed the Fall 2019 California Dashboard State Indicators
  • Ratified the 2019-2022 Negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreement between Fresno Unified School District and Fresno Area Substitute Teachers Association, Service Employee International Union, Local 251

Next, the Board of Education received the following Information and Reports:

  • Received Endeavor Charter School Petition
  • Received the 2020 List of Board Member Committees and Organizations

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education is Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Fresno Unified Education Center, located at 2309 Tulare Street in Fresno. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at

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