The January 10, 2018 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of Closed Session:

  • Promoted Lindsay Sanders, Principal V, Edison High School, to Chief, Equity and Access.
  • Made decisions on various workers compensation cases.

Next, Sabrina Smith, a parent who has had a positive impact at Kratt Elementary School, led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The Board of Education approved the minutes from the September 27, 2017 regular meeting and the October 2, 2017 special meeting.

The Board of Education recognized Edison High School Water Polo Team – CIF Central Section Division III Valley Champions for the 2017/18 school year.

Students Kajlug Lee and Ana Sanchez from Duncan Polytechnical High School made a presentation to the board, thanking trustee Christopher De La Cerda and Teresa Plascencia from Constituent Services for attending their meeting and answering students’ questions. The students are excited about the success of the Be a Santa to a Senior project which collected more than 1,700 items to seniors who were identified as being alone during the holidays.  The project also received lots of positive media coverage.  SAB students’ second semester project focuses on reaching out to students digitally, allowing students to have an anonymous voice through an SAB student voice portal.  At Duncan, students are excited about the new heavy vehicle addition to the iDATA academy and are working at growing campus culture.  Duncan has a new after school program which helps students struggling with a certain class.  Other new programs include several elective classes including guitar, piano, Hmong and photography. Also, students from Bullard Talent School shared what they love about attending Bullard Talent, the activities they participate in and career aspirations.

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

  • Wishing everyone a happy new year.  Over winter break, the district partnered with Fresno EOC to provide more than 4,100 free meals to youth in the city of Fresno.  Free meals were available to all children between the ages of one and 18 at seven Fresno Unified high schools, the Cesar Chavez Adult School and more than 28 Fresno EOC locations.  Nelson said he’s grateful the district was able to do its part to ensure children were fed throughout winter break.  Nelson then played a video showing the free winter meals program at Roosevelt High School.
  • Nelson congratulated Fresno Unified Trustee Cal Johnson and Chief Information Officer Miguel Arias who are set to receive the Community Service Award from the Martin Luther King Unity Committee, represented in tonight’s Board Meeting by Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor, Ms. Gail Gaston, and Trustee Eric Payne.  On Friday, they will both be honored at the 2018 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Awards Ceremony at Fresno City Hall.

The Board of Education took the following actions on the below consent agenda items:

  • Approved personnel list
  • Adopted findings of fact and recommendations of the District Administrative Board
  • Adopted resolutions delineating authorized district agents to sign on behalf of Fresno Unified School District
  • Approved agreement with County of Fresno for a Deputy Sheriff at Wawona Middle School
  • Ratified Purchase Orders from October 1, 2017 through October 31, 2017.  Trustee Ashjian abstained pursuant to Board Bylaw 9270.

Next, staff made presentations to the Board in the conference/discussion section of the agenda as follows: 

  • Provided opportunity for public disclosure and ratification of the 2016-2019 Negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreement between Fresno Unified School District and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM&AW)
  • Presented, discussed and denied Bid Protests regarding Bid E20005 for Wide Area Network Services Dark Fiber and Lit Fiber Options
  • Discussed and approved Award of Bid E20005, Wide Area Network Services Dark Fiber and Lit Fiber Options
    – Conterra Wireless Broadband
  • Discussed and approved the 2018 List of Board of Member Committees and Organizations

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education is Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Fresno Unified Education Center, located at 2309 Tulare St. in Fresno. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at

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