Summary of the Board of Education Meeting on December 6th, 2023

The December 6th, 2023 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of closed session:

  • The Board took action in closed session to promote Bonifacio Sanchez to Principal III on Special Assignment, Leadership Development.
  • The Board took action in closed session on a worker’s compensation claim.

Next, Trustee Claudia Cazares led the flag salute.

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

  • Superintendent Nelson started his remarks celebrating Emmelin Herrera, a teacher at Herrera Elementary, and Tumani Heights, who leads our Project ACCESS department for our homeless and foster care students. He said these two members of our Fresno Unified family were among just three finalists in their categories at the Fresno County Educator of the Year awards on November 30. Emmelin and Tumani were in competition with educators from throughout the county. Emmelin won Teacher of the Year, and Tumani took home the Barnett Award for service to her community.
  • Superintendent continued his remarks by sharing his appreciation and gave several shoutouts:
    • Congratulations to Parent University for clinching the CSBA Golden Bell Award in the Family/Student/Community Engagement category. We commended their dedication to fostering community connections.
    • During Giving Tuesday, our high school regions had a friendly fundraising competition for scholarships. The Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools led this effort, raising $13,000. Edison was the big winner among the regions.
    • Returning to normal these last few weeks since reaching an agreement with our labor partners in the FTA has been a pure joy.
    • Our annual coat drive for our students in homeless and foster care situations was a big success. This is led by our Communications and Project ACCESS teams. We had a record year – 13 departments collected 590 sweatshirts. Special Education won the Golden Stapler award for the most coats – 206. For the second time, we also awarded a Golden Paper Clip award to the department with the most creative collection box. Again, Special Education took home the trophy.
    • Thank you for all the food and clothing collecting going on at our schools, which is teaching our students about caring for their community – Eaton, Gibson, Kirk and Slater are just a few of our schools that have projects going to help others.
  • Next, Superintendent announced this Saturday, Fresno Unified’s 11th FUeL tournament kicks off at 8 a.m. at Sunnyside High School. Twenty-three high school and 23 middle school teams will be competing.
  • Superintendent also announced Saturday, December 16, the Fresno State women’s basketball team is offering free admission for Fresno Unified staff and up to three family members to their game against Sacramento State. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. at the Save Mart Center.
  • Superintendent requested a moment to address an issue that has come up regarding our health insurance coverage. Over the last few years, Fresno Unified has transitioned to a new insurance carrier for both active employees and retirees.  In the last month we have received reports to our Benefits Office of issues involving coverage by doctors’ offices and hospitals even though these services are in fact covered by our plan. We are actively working with Aetna, our new provider, to address these issues in live time, but if you experience any problems or have any questions about your coverage, please call our Benefits Office at 457-3520.
  • Superintendent closed by reminding everyone to follow our social media platforms, where they will find highlights including Slater Elementary, Addams Elementary and our McLane Hmong Dance Club, which performed in front of 3,500 education leaders at the California School Boards Association in San Francisco last week. Also, our fall edition of our digital magazine, “Faces of Fresno Unified,” is online and full of great reads about our staff and students.

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 24-25, for Continued Funding from The California Department of Education
  • Adopted Resolution 24-26, Support of Diverse and Inclusive Libraries in Fresno Unified School District
  • Approved Employment Agreement for David Chavez, Chief Human Resources/Labor Relations
  • Approved Amendment No. 1 to Employment Agreement for Mao M. Her, Deputy Superintendent
  • ITEM PULLED – Position and Adopt Job Description of Senior Interpreter– Translator, Bilingual, and the Classified Hourly Salary Schedule with Senior Interpreter – Translator, Bilingual
  • Approved Revised Job Descriptions for California School Employees Association, Chapter 125 White Collar
  • Approved Variable Term Waiver for Bilingual Cross-Cultural, Language and Development Authorization
  • Approved Variable Term Waivers for Career Technical Education Credential Holders
  • Approved Agreement with Adventure Education Solutions
  • Approved Agreement with Barobo, Inc.
  • Approved Agreement with Leadership Legacy Consulting LLC
  • Approved Agreement with SMALLIFY
  • Approved Agreement with the University of California, Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education Professional Learning and Support
  • Approved Agreement with VMA Communications
  • Approved Agreement with Vision Service Plan
  • Approved Agreement with WestEd
  • Approved Addendum to Agreement with Pride Staff, Inc.
  • Approved Amendment to the Agreement with Delta Dental of California
  • Approved Amendment to Agreement with Archer & Hound, LLC
  • Approved Agreement Renewal with Kaiser Permanente
  • Approved Agreement Renewal with Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC
  • Approved Agreement Renewal with United Healthcare
  • Approved Update to Legal Services Firms for 2023/24
  • Approved Award of Bid 24-13, Dishwasher Installation at Various Sites Phase I
  • ITEM PULLED – Award of Bid 24-24, Wawona Middle School Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Energy Management System Replacement
  • Approved Award of Bid 24-27, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Air
  • Approved Award of Request for Proposals 24-20, Human Resources Professional Learning Platform
  • Denied Claim GL23-0513-10271
  • Denied Claim GL23-0814-10204
  • Denied Claim GL23-0831-10190
  • Ratified Agreement with The College Board for Advanced Placement Exams
  • Ratified Agreement with the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
  • Ratified Addendum to the Agreement with Kaleidoscope
  • Ratified Addendum to the Agreement with Supplemental Health Care, Incorporated
  • Ratified Amendment to the Agreement with Directed Analytics
  • Ratified Change Orders
  • Ratified the Filing of Notices of Completion
  • Ratified Purchase Orders from September 01, 2023, through September 30, 2023 – Primary Report
  • Ratified Purchase Orders from September 01, 2023, through September 30, 2023 – Supplemental Report

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

  • ITEM ADDED – Approved the 2022/23 Audited Financial Statements Prepared by Crowe LLP
  • ITEM ADDED – Approved the 2023/24 First Interim Financial Report

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

  • Received Proposed Revisions for Board Policies
  • Received Call for Appointment of Board Member Voting Representative and Alternate Voting Representative to the Fresno County Committee on School District Organization Elections

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be a board workshop on Wednesday, December 13th, 2023. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at board.fresnounified.org.

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