The February 8th, 2023 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of closed session:

  • The Board took action in closed session to appoint Maiyer Vang as Executive Director of Parent University.

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

  • Superintendent Nelson started his remarks by providing an update on the transportation issues faced by Computech Middle School this year. Superintendent shared that this week all buses have been on time, except one which was caused by a malfunctioning gate at CART delaying the students’ route. Even with that delay, the bus still made it to Computech before the first bell. Superintendent shared his gratitude to our transportation team, our bus drivers, dispatchers, and our labor partners for working together to adjust routes and form a routing committee that will review bus routes every month moving forward.
  • Superintendent then recognized concerns that have been brought forth regarding our bus routes for students receiving specialized services. Superintendent shared these routes are more complex than our general bus routes as they include door-to-door pick-ups and drop-offs, and they are serving students from across the district. He provided context, sharing there are 124 routes serving our students receiving specialized services vs. 69 general bus routes. Superintendent shared our that transportation partner, First Student, has worked hard to recover from the pandemic and school closures by increasing their starting wages and increasing their recruitment efforts. Superintendent shared our that teams will continue working with First Student collaboratively to improve those routes.
  • Superintendent shared that last week the IT team completed the rollout of the Promethean board at all middle schools! Now every elementary and middle school classroom has a 75” interactive panel with high-definition sound and display with a mounted Windows computer. He shared the that Promethean pilot in high school classrooms begins next month.
  • Superintendent then shared several recognitions and celebrations including:
    • Congratulations to Duncan students Karen Vathanaphong and Oscar Vazquez as they were selected to participate in the 2023 Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Flight Academy Program. Karen and Oscar were selected out of more than 1,300 applications from JROTC members across the nation. Karen and Oscar will gain college credit and their private pilot’s license through this prestigious program. Check out the video of Karen’s flight suit presentation here.
    • Congratulations to Baird for winning the annual Minecraft eSports Tournament against Figarden this past weekend. Baird will now move on to compete against Curro South Africa for the international title.
    • Congratulations to our Excellence in Education finalists and the six winners announced at last week’s awards dinner. Our six winners this year included:
    • Superintendent then recognized National School Counseling Week sharing his gratitude for the amazing counselors across our district. He then shared this video from Nancy Witrado, Director, College and Career Readiness.
    • Superintendent then recognized Black History Month. Superintendent shared gratitude for the 9th Annual Edison Region Black History Month program and showed a highlight video. Superintendent shared a couple of examples of other Black History Month celebrations happening across the district including a visit to Thomas Elementary by L. Kobie Da Wiz with hundreds of students going home with two of his books, and a trip this weekend for more than 350 parents, students and staff to visit Allensworth, CA.
  • Last, Superintendent Nelson invited Wendy McCulley to the podium where she presented a trophy to Trustee Thomas for winning the regional competition for fundraising on Giving Tuesday.

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 23-13, Authorizing Submittal of Grant Applications and Execution of Agreements to Implement Projects from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Programs
  • Approved Amendment to the 2022/23 and 2023/24 Academic Calendars to Recognize Juneteenth as a District Holiday
  • Approved Position and Adopted Job Description Executive Chef and Approved Revision to the Classified Management 261 Duty Days Salary Schedule for Executive Chef
  • Approved 2022/23 Classified Hourly, Classified Food Services Hourly, Classified Management 261 Duty Days, Supplemental Services Contracts Rates of Pay, and Extra Pay/Extra Services Salary Schedules
  • Approved Agreement with Adventure Education Solutions Inc. Ski/Snowboard and Rock-climbing League
  • Approved Agreement with Recruitment Alley
  • Approved Amendment to Agreement with Taylor English Duma, LLP
  • Approved Addendum to Agreement with Supplemental Healthcare Agency
  • Approved Grant Applications to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Authorizing the Acceptance of Grant Awards and the Execution of Grant Agreements
  • Approved Award of Request for Proposals 23-24, Executive Chef Services
  • Denied Claim GL22-0919-7612
  • Ratified Third Amendment to Lease Agreement for Property Located at 850 N. Blackstone Avenue
  • Ratified Change Orders
  • Ratified the Filing of Notices of Completion
  • Ratified Purchase Orders from November 01, 2022 through November 30, 2022 – Primary Report
  • Ratified Purchase Orders from November 01, 2022 through November 30, 2022 – Supplemental Report
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The Board of Education had no conference/discussion agenda items at this meeting.

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

  • Received Proposed Revisions for Board Bylaws
  • Received Proposed Revisions for Board Policies

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education will be on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at board.fresnounified.org.

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