Summary of the Board of Education Meeting on January 10th, 2024

The January 10th, 2024 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of closed session:

  • The board took action in closed session to appoint Felicia Olais to Director in the Charter Office.
  • The board took action in closed session to appoint Vincent Rios to Executive Director in Fiscal Services.
  • The board took action in closed session to appoint Rosa Contreras to Executive Director in Fiscal Services.
  • The board took action in closed session to appoint Erica Piedra to Executive Officer in English Learner Services.
  • The board took action in closed session to appoint Malati Gopal to Executive Officer in Human Resources.

Next, the Board of Education heard from the Fresno High Student Advisory Board Members.

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

  • Superintendent Nelson started his remarks wishing all a Happy New Year and welcoming all back from the winter break.
  • Superintendent Nelson then began sharing several opportunities available to our students, families and staff including;
    • Fresno Unified Scholarship applications are now open. Last year almost $300,000 was given to about 200 graduating seniors and this year we have $400,000 available to give to our Class of 2024. It’s easier than ever to apply, now with no minimum GPA requirement. We encourage all graduating seniors to apply now at The deadline for applications are March 16th,
    • We want all our Fresno Unified Families to know about, and take advantage of, the CalKIDS program. CalKIDS gives our students a jumpstart on saving for college. This is FREE MONEY! California has provided about 4 million children with up to $1,500 in college savings. The funds are intended to help pay for college and career training and to inspire families to consider the benefits of post-secondary education. Head to to learn more and get started,
    • We are hosting an Aspiring Teacher Expo on Thursday, February 1st from 4pm to 6pm in McLane High School’s cafeteria. The expo will include information on our teacher pipeline programs and an opportunity to meet virtually with university representatives to learn about programs for future teachers. New this year, our teacher residency program is offering a $34,000 financial stipend to support your journey to becoming an amazing teacher! You need to apply and register to attend so head to our website at to learn more.
    • The Great Kindness Challenge is coming up the week of January 22nd! The Great Kindness Challenge is a global campaign that promotes kindness, social-emotional health, and bullying prevention in Pre-K through 12th grade. The Great Kindness Challenge started 13 years ago with just 3 schools in California and now there are over 20 million students in 40,000 schools and 115 countries participating in The Great Kindness Challenge! Fresno Unified is officially a Kindness Certified School District and we are part of a kindness revolution! School leaders, teachers, students, and families I’d like to invite you to join us and host The Great Kindness Challenge at your school and in your classrooms. Head to to sign up and get all your tools and resources to make January 22nd through 26th a week of kindness,
    • Upcoming is the 2024 Equity In Action Conference right here in Fresno. The 2024 Equity Conference will highlight the work happening in schools to champion equity for students. The conference is being held on January 25th at the DoubleTree Hotel from 8am-3:30pm. Register now at, and
    • Our annual Excellence in Education celebration is coming up on January 31st! Tomorrow all staff will receive an invitation to get your tickets through ParentSquare. The ParentSquare alert will include a list of all nominees and you’ll want to move fast as tickets are limited! Join us for one of the best nights of the year!
  • Superintendent then continued with a few shoutouts and recognitions including;
    • Our BSU students and King Elementary dancers being featured at the 40th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Check them out at the Garlanding Ceremony on Friday morning at 11:45am at Courthouse Park,
    • Friday evening, our own Trustee Keshia Thomas will be honored with the Educational Leadership Award at the Community Awards Program of the MLK Jr. Celebration. Join us at 5pm at City Hall to honor Trustee Thomas and other community leaders,
    • Congratulations to the Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools on a successful Giving Tuesday campaign! Special congratulations to Trustee Thomas who for a second year in a row took home the win for both regional competitions. With those wins, Trustee Thomas secured an additional $1,000 in scholarships for her Edison region students,
    • Last but not least, Superintendent Nelson recognized and thanks the Board of Education in honor of School Board Recognition Month. He shared this video to highlight our School Board in Action!

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
  • Approved Agreement with Southern Education Foundation, Inc.
  • Approved Agreement with The Stepping Stones Group
  • Approved Addendum to Agreement with Family Foundations Counseling Services
  • Approved Award of Bid 24-24, Wawona Middle School Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Energy Management System Replacement
  • Approved Award of Request for Qualifications 24-17, Interpretation and Translation Services
  • Approved List of Board Member Committees and Organizations
  • Ratified Agreement with Alpine Academy
  • Ratified Agreement with AMN Allied Services, LLC DBA Healthcare
  • Ratified Agreement with Beach Cities Learning Center
  • Ratified Agreement with Creative Alternatives, Inc.
  • Ratified Agreement with CORE Districts
  • Ratified Agreement with Harrison Peters
  • ITEM PULLED – Ratify Agreement with Institute for Excellence in Education
  • Ratified Agreement with Shifting Perspectives, LLC
  • Ratified Change Orders
  • Ratified the Filing of Notices of Completion
  • Ratified Purchase Orders from October 01, 2023, through October 31, 2023, and Zero Dollar Contracts – Primary Report
  • Ratified Purchase Orders from October 01, 2023, through October 31, 2023, and Zero Dollar Contracts – Supplemental Report

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

  • Presented and Discussed the 2022/23 Bond Annual Report

The Board of Education received no Information or Reports at this meeting.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be on Wednesday, January 24th, 2023. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at

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