The June 13, 2018 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of Closed Session:

  • Promoted Travis Dyer, Teacher, Rata High School to Manager II/Principal I, Rata High School
  • Appointed Lisa Harrington, Principal III, Tenaya Middle School to Director (General) Human Resources/Labor Relations
  • Promoted Michael Rivard, Vice Principal III, Fresno High School to Principal II, Columbia Elementary School
  • Promoted Bradley Berrett, Vice Principal III, Edison High School to Principal III, Computech Middle School
  • Promoted Leslie Worton, Manager II, Instruction Services to Administrator (General), Curriculum and Instruction
  • Promoted Heather Allen, Director, Career Readiness to Executive Director (General), College and Career Readiness
  • Appointed Andrew De La Torre, Director, Benefits and Risk Management to Executive Director (General), Benefits and Risk Management
  • Appointed Steven Shubin, Director, Fiscal Services to Executive Director (General), Fiscal Services
  • Promoted Linda Laettner, Vice Principal III on Special Assignment, School Leadership to Principal V, Fresno High School

Next, Wendy McCulley. Executive Director of the Office of African American Academic Acceleration at the district, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Board of Education recognized the Fresno Unified School District Track & Field State Qualifying Athletes for the 2017/18 School Year.

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

  • Encouraging our Board, as well as district staff, to take advantage of the summer to relax, rejuvenate and spend time with family and friends.  The new school year will be here before you know it so enjoy and relax this summer break.
  • Summer school started this week for more than 14,000 students.  There are two sessions available until July 12.  Summer school graduation will be in the newly named Audra McDonald Theater at Roosevelt High School.  Our students will be taking advantage of intervention programs in reading, literacy, English language development and special education.  There are also enrichment classes in career technical education and Hmong heritage, the FRESH program is offering academics and athletics activities and there are also accelerated courses for potential GATE students. There’s also a brand new credit recovery course at Fresno High called Geometry in Construction.  Dr. Nelson thanked all summer school administrators and staff who are supporting our summer learners.
  • There will also be plenty of modernization and new construction taking place over the summer. From renovations, painting and irrigation improvements, to launching construction of our solar installation project, our maintenance and operations team will be busy.  Modernization continues at Rata and the new heavy truck facility is under construction at Duncan Polytechnical High School. Slater and Figarden elementary schools are seeing work start for new buildings and Tenaya Middle and Kratt Elementary will get new irrigation systems.  Ten elementary schools will also get a fresh coat of paint.
  • Six of our high schools will be open for the summer as part of the district’s Blue and Green Space program in partnership with the City of Fresno. The sites will provide supervised open swim and/or swim lessons and weekend outdoor activities.  The district is also opening more than 50 school sites to serve free meals to children ages one to 18.  Dr. Nelson thanked the board for their support in ensuring students have a safe place to play, swim and enjoy a nutritious meal over summer break.
  • Recognizing our 2018 graduates and those countless adults who helped them reach that stage, college and career ready.  As a district, we celebrated at 15 different graduation ceremonies, each full of excitement and emotion not just for what the ceremony represented in the moment but for what this group of young people will accomplish down the road.  We saw this past year how active our students have been in the community and we look forward to hearing the many success stories that come from this year’s cohort of graduates.  Dr. Nelson then played a quick video highlighting this year’s graduation season.
  • Recognizing two students who had remarkable school years.
    • Jorge Gonzales Cortes, a Linked Learning pathway student int eh Academy of Finance & Entrepreneurship at McLane High School placed second in the Regional Young Entrepreneurs Academy back in March. He then won $725 for his business plan for Brilliant Lounge Party Rentals while at the Young Entrepreneurs Academy – Saunders Scholars Competition.
    • Cindy Carrillo-Quezada, a Linked Learning student in the Educational Careers Academy pathway at McLane High School, was honored with the Seal of Distinction for the Linked Learning Pathways and awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Linked Learning Alliance.    Cindy will be working as a paraprofessional for the Teacher Academy Summer Internship Program for the district and plans to attend Fresno State in the fall with hopes of eventually becoming a high school counselor. 

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
  • Moved the approval of Minutes from the May 23, 2018 regular meeting to a future board meeting
  • Adopted Resolution, Order of Election, and Specifications of the Election Order for the November 6, 2018 Election
  • Adopted Fresno Unified School District Resolution #17-42
  • Adopted Resolution 17-52, Authorizing the Superintendent to Appoint a District Advisory Committee Regarding the Use or Disposition of Excess Real Property
  • Adopted Resolution 17-53 Delineating Authorized District Agents to Sign on Behalf of Fresno Unified School District
  • Adopted Resolution 17-54 Authorizing Inter-Fund Loans for Cash Flow Purposes
  • Approved Agreements for Legal and Investigation Services for 2018/19
  • Approved Agreement with the California Office to Reform Education for Shared Administrator Services and the Accompanying Employment Agreement Between Fresno Unified School District and Michelle Steagall, Associate Superintendent for School Leadership
  • Approved the 2018/19 Annual Membership Dues with the California School Board Association/Education Legal Alliance, the Council of the Great City Schools, and the National School Boards Association Council of Urban Boards of Education
  • Approved Annual Agreements for the 2017/18 School Year
  • Approved Amendment to the Agreement with Delta Health Systems
  • Approved Agreement with PlushCare Inc. for StayWell Services
  • Approved Request for Qualifications 18-34, Student Mentoring Services
  • Approved Targeted School Site Agreements for Student Mentoring Services
  • Approved the Submission of the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant
  • Approved Proposed Revisions for Board Policies (BP) 3311, 5132, (NEW) 5141.23, 6146.4, 6164.4 and 6164.6
    • BP 3311 Bids
    • BP 5132 Dress and Grooming
    • (NEW) BP 5141.23 Asthma Management
    • BP 6146.4 Differential Graduation and Competency Standard for Individuals with Exceptional Needs
    • BP 6164.4 Identification of Individuals with Exceptional Needs
    • BP 6164.6 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Approved Agreement with Safe 2 School Inc. for Crossing Guard Services
  • Approved Award of Bid 18-33, Fort Miller Middle School Gymnasium Make-up Air Units Replacement Rebid; and Reject Bid 18-33
    • Lawson Mechanical Contractors (Fresno, CA)  $209,647
  • Approved award of Bid 18-37, Terronez Middle School Playcourt and Parking Lot Asphalt Rehabilitation Project
    • AJ Excavation, Inc. (Fresno, CA)  $494,700
  • Approved award of Bid 18-39, Fresno High School Gymnasium HVAC Improvements
  • Approved award of Bid 18-40, Bullard High School North Parking Lot Asphalt Reconstruction
    • Dave Christian Construction Co. Inc. (Fresno, CA)  $665,000
  • Approved award of Bid 18-41 Sections A-B, McLane and Roosevelt High Schools Athletic Fields Improvements
    • Section A, Clean Cut Landscaping Incorporated (Fresno, CA)  $3,217,276
    • Section B, American Paving co.   (Fresno, CA)   $2,237,000
  • Approved award of Bid 18-42, McLane High School Quad Improvements. Trustee Ashjian abstained pursuant to Board Bylaw 9270.
    • JT2 dba Todd Companies  (Visalia, CA)  $718, 750
  • Approved award of request for Proposals 18-43, to Purchase Security Cameras and Digital Video Recording Equipment; and Reject Request for Proposals 17-44
    • EKC Enterprises, Inc.  (Fresno, CA)  $1,097,305 (estimate)
  • Approved award of Request for Qualifications 18-45, Realtor/Broker Services
  • Ratified the Submission of Supporting Effective Education Development Grant
  • Ratified Changer Order for the following project.  Trustee Ashjian abstained pursuant to Board Bylaw 9270:
    • Bid 18-20, Gaston Middle School Portable Classroom Relocation and Infrastructure
  • Ratified Purchase Orders from April 1, 2018 through April 30, 2018. President Jonasson Rosas and 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:

  • Discussed and approved Proposed Revisions for Board Policies (BP) 1410, 1312.3, 5111, 5111.1 (NEW), 5125, 5131.2, 5145.9, and 5145.13 (NEW)
    • BP 0410 Nondiscrimination In District Programs And Activities
    • BP 1312.3 Uniform Complaint Procedures
    • BP 5111 Admission
    • (NEW) BP 5111.1 District Residency
    • BP 5125 Student Records
    • BP 5131.2 Anti-Bullying
    • BP 5145.9 Hate-Motivated Behavior
    • (NEW) 5145.13 Response to Immigration Enforcement
  • Discussed Sex Education and Reading Issues in Fresno Unified

The Board of Education received no information or reports.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education is Wednesday, August 8, 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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