The February 27 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcement out of Closed Session:

  • The board took action on one workers’ compensation claim

Next, Dahlia Mondragon, a parent that has had a positive impact at Columbia Elementary School led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Next, Noelle Mendoza and Rachel Perry, ASB representatives from Hoover High School shared how they continue to work on their Human Element project to reach a larger audience, as now, they have ideas to create an Instagram page called FresnoKind. Also, they asked schools to bring in book donations for Chamber of Commerce. Students also shared, that during March Madness they will have lunch activities every day in the quad, along with Breaking Down the Wall.

Students from Tioga Middle School were present and spoke about what they love about being a student at their school.

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

  • Highlighting that this week, we celebrated Read Across America in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. During this week, educators donned their funny Dr. Seuss outfits, hats, colored hair and even socks to help celebrate the joy of reading. Students, community leaders, college athletes, district staff, board members and others got together, all in an effort to bring reading to life for our elementary students.
  • Nelson also shared that the Association of California School Administrators or – ACSA – Region IX recognized several top leaders from throughout the Central Valley at their annual awards banquet. This year, Fresno Unified had several administrators who were recognized. Congratulations to: Van Pao Principal – Yua Lee; Central Office Administrator – Holland Locker; Classified Leader from Operations – Alex Belanger; Adult Education Administrator – Raine Bumatay; Student Services – Amy Hardcastle
  • Superintendent shared that this week we learned that two of our Fresno Unified schools have been named a 2019 California Distinguished School. Congratulations to Baird Middle School and Design Science Early College High School. They are among 162 middle and high schools throughout California who were given this distinction this year based on their academic performance and progress as well as their successful school climate. Both schools will be celebrated at a special awards ceremony in Anaheim this April.
  • Nelson thanked our Board of Education for their recent investments in our high school weight rooms. Phase one, which included Duncan, Fresno High, and Edison are complete. Phase two is underway and over the next months, we expect our comprehensive high schools to be completed. To learn more about the investment and the impact its having on our campuses and our students you can watch this video.
  • Last, Superintendent acknowledged and thanked board secretary, Jennifer Aguilar. This was  Jennifer’s last board meeting as she has taken a new position with our instructional team and will be supporting our Chief Academic Officer. Jennifer was presented a well-deserved going away gift.

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, January 30, 2019
  • Adopted  Resolution  Proclaiming March as 2019 Women’s History Month
  • Adopted  Variable  Term Waiver Request for Rafael Chavez, Sandra Garcia, Marina Nuno, and Patricia Tapia
  • Adopted Variable Term Waiver for Career Technical Education Credential Holders
  • Approved Addendum to the Center for Advanced Research and Technology Operating Agreement
  • Approved Award of Bid 19-21 Sections A and B, Fremont Elementary School and Baird Middle School Boiler and Chiller Replacement
  • Approved Language Learning Project Grant Independent Contractor Services Agreements (Trustee Jonasson-Rosas abstained pursuant board Bylaw 9270)
  • Denied Claim #GL18-1213-2402
  • Denied Claim  #GL19-0129-2460
  • Ratified Change Orders for the Projects Listed Below
    • Bid 18-26 Balderas, Centennial, Leavenworth Elementary Schools, and Edison High School, Portable Classrooms Relocations and Infrastructure
    • Bid 18-33R Fort Miller Middle School Gymnasium Make-up Air Units Replacement Rebid
    • Bid 18-38 Addicott, Columbia, Kirk, Robinson, Thomas and Vang Pao Elementary Schools Portable Classrooms Relocation and Infrastructure
  • Ratified  Purchase Orders from December 1,2018 through December 31, 2018 – Primary Report and Zero Dollar Contracts
  • Ratified Purchased Orders from December 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 Supplemental Report (Board clerk Carol Mills abstained pursuant board Bylaw 9270)

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

  • Discussed and Approved Grant Application to the California Department of Education for Low-Performing students Block Grant
  • Presented and Discussed the 2019/20 Local Control and Accountability Plan Feedback
  • Presented and Discussed the 2019/20 Strategic Budget Development

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

  • Received  Proposed Revisions for Board Policies (BP) 5141.52,5144,6142.3 (NEW), 6152.1 (NEW), and 6178
    • BP 5141.52 Suicide Prevention
    • BP 5144 Discipline
    • (NEW) BP 6142.3 Civic Education
    • (NEW) BP 6152.1 Placement in Mathematics Courses
    • BP 6178 Career Technical Education
  • Received Fresno Unified School District’s Second Quarterly Investment Report for the Fiscal Year 2018/19
  • Received Constituent Services Quarterly Report

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education is Wednesday, March 6, 2019 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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