Summary of the Board of Education Meeting on June 16, 2021

The June 16, 2021 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of Closed Session.

  • The Board took action on one workers’ compensation claim.

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

  • Superintendent Nelson started by sharing that this marks the last board meeting of the 2020-2021 school year. Together with graduation celebrations complete and last Friday being the final day of in person instruction, we can truly say that we have successfully completed a school year that challenged us like no year ever before. Thank you to our community for its support, to our parents for serving as co-teachers and to our students who tried to make the best of virtual learning and missed milestones with friends and staff they love and depend on. To our staff, simply put, I wouldn’t work anyplace else, because nobody else’s work family works any harder or cares any deeper than does ours. You are the best. Last year, we worked right through the summer, never feeling like we had a break — anticipating and navigating whatever came next. This summer, we are in a much better place. Make time to take care of you, spend time with those you love and give yourself the space to clear your head and make peace with the last 16 months. As we head into the summer and look towards next school year, there is no doubt we are moving forward together – as we embark  on our pandemic recovery plan so that students, staff, families and our community can achieve their greatest potential.
  • Next, the Superintendent shared that for many of our staff and students, however, time off is still a little ways away. On Monday, we launched the most comprehensive summer extended learning program in district history, with high school sessions going into late July and alternative education until August 6. We are providing students with additional supports this summer, especially in reading and math. Our office of African American Academic Acceleration is expanding its summer programs as well. We are doing as much as we can to make sure students are prepared for the start of the new school year. For all those involved with summer learning, thank you for not missing a beat as we transitioned from school last week and immediately launched into summer learning, including our first ever in-person summer camps. Our staff is committed to supporting our students and that is evident through the successful launch of our summer learning programs. Thank you to our entire summer learning team.
  • Superintendent Nelson shared that as a result of last school year, many of our sports seasons have gone deep into the school year. On Friday in boys’ basketball, two of our teams won section championships! Bullard beat No. 1 seed Central 85-83 for the Division 1 section title and Roosevelt upset Atascadero 61-49 in Division 2. And earlier this month the Sunnyside boys’ volleyball teams beat St Joseph High School for the Division 2 section championship, the Wildcats’ first tittle. Congratulations to our teams – they found great success this year despite very unusual circumstances.
  • Next, Superintendent Nelson gave a shout out to our STEAM education programs. These are the clubs and activities connected to science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. They did a fantastic job adapting to the challenges of supporting student interests during the COVID pandemic. Thanks to our one-to-one student device initiative, students had the opportunity to shine in our STEAM extracurricular programs and events from the comfort and safety of their homes while many other extracurricular activities where on hold. Students` participated in robotics, esports and coding clubs. We even launched our first CoderGirlz club fully in Spanish. Students were able to continue learning the 21st century skill that will open doors to the workforce of tomorrow. The 13th annual Tournament of Technology took place as well, demonstrating the resilience of all involved. Congratulations to all those involved in pulling off such a successful event.
  • Last, Superintendent Nelson took a couple of minutes to share that as we put the official end of the year stamp on this school year, I just want to once again thank everyone involved with our recent graduation celebrations. Our Goal 2 team, high school and adult transition program collectively orchestrated seventeen different graduation ceremonies honoring both the class of 2020 and 2021. Despite one week of extreme heat, our Fresno Unified family was able to come together to celebrate and honor our graduates in person. It was not an easy task but one that will forever be etched in the memories of our seniors for years to come. Thank you to staff for making graduation season one for the books – it was pure joy and we all needed that! For those interested in seeing pictures from this year’s graduation or our video recap of graduation, please visit the district website at

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 20-51 Authorizing Inter-Fund Loans for Cash Flow Purposes
  • Approved the Special Education Annual Budget and Service Plans and Service Descriptions for 2021/22
  • Approve Budget Revision No. 5
  • Approved Agreement with Safe 2 School, Inc. for Crossing Guard Services
  • Approved Agreement between Fresno Unified Special Education Department and Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
  • Approved Agreement to The Regents of the University of California for 2021/22 and 2022/23
  • Approved Agreement with City of Fresno Police Department for Student Resource Officers
  • Approved Agreement with Ellevation Inc.
  • Approved Agreement with Uncharted Learning, NFP to Access Entrepreneurship Curriculum
  • Approved Agreement for Student Device Imaging and Repair Center
  • Approved Legal Services Agreements for 2021/22
  • Approved Agreements with Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni, LLP and National Demographics Corporation to Consider the Redistricting of Fresno Unified School District Trustee Areas
  • Approved Countywide Plan for Expelled Youth – Triennial Update
  • Approved Grant Application to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for the 2021 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program
  • Approved Memorandum of Understanding with Aspen Ridge Public School
  • Approved Memorandum of Understanding with Golden Charter Academy
  • Approved Award of Bid 21-03, Nutrition Center Production Line Film
  • Approved Award of Bid 21-41, Duncan Polytechnical High School CTE Medical Science Building
  • Approved Award of Bid 21-45, Webster Elementary School Multipurpose Room Plumbing Replacement
  • Approved Award of Bid 21-46, Sections A-G, Asphalt Pavement Rehabilitation at Various Sites
  • Approved Award of Bid 21-47 Sections A-C, Burroughs, Eaton and Rowell Elementary Schools Energy Management System Replacement
  • Approved Award of Bid 21-48 Sections A and B, Playground Equipment Replacement at Gibson, Thomas, Turner, Webster and Winchell Elementary Schools
  • Approved Award of Bid 21-49, Chilled Water Buffer Tank Installation at Various Sites
  • Approved Award of Bid 21-51, Sunnyside High School Track Resurfacing
  • Approved Award of Bid 21-52, Security Cameras and Digital Video Recorders Equipment
  • Approved Award of Bid 21-53, Kratt and Leavenworth Elementary Schools Modular Classroom Infrastructure
  • Approved Rejecting Award of Bid 21-43, Viking and Vinland Elementary Schools and Cooper Middle School Kitchen HVAC Upgrades
  • Approved Rejecting Award of Bid 21-44 Sections A-E, Exterior Painting for Various Schools: Fremont, Hamilton K-8, Storey, and Vinland Elementary Schools; and Yosemite Middle School
  • Approved Funding from Federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
  • Approved Proposed Revisions for Board Policies

BP 0430 Comprehensive Local Plan for Special Education

BP 5141.22 Infectious Diseases

BP 5141.32 Health Screening for School Entry (DELETE)

BP 5142.2 Safe Routes to School/Program (NEW)

BP 5142.2 Crossing Guards (DELETE)

BP 6161.2 Overdue, Damaged or Lost Instructional Materials

  • Approved Proposed Revised Board Policies and ADOPTED New Board Policy

BP 4030 Nondiscrimination in Employment (Revised)

BP 4033 Lactation Accommodation (New)

BP 4112.91 Employee Notifications (Revised)

BP 4119.11 Sexual Harassment (Revised) 

  • Ratified Agreement with Swun Math
  • Ratified Amendment to the Agreement with Free Style Event Services
  • Ratified Agreement with Educational and Leadership Foundation
  • Ratified Grant Application to Kaiser Permanente Foundation for Funding for Wellness Coordinator Position
  • Ratified Change Orders for the Projects Listed Below
  • Bid 19-50 Sections A and B, Portable Classroom Relocation and Infrastructure for Various Schools
  • Bid 20-30, Roosevelt High School Cafeteria Modernization
  • Bid 20-54 Sections A and B, Portable Classroom Relocation and Infrastructure for Various Schools
  • Bid 21-07, McLane High School Fire Alarm Upgrade

(Board member Jonasson- Rosas abstain pursuant Board Bylaw 9270)

  • Ratified the Filing of Notices of Completion
  • Bid 20-30, Roosevelt High School Cafeteria Modernization
  • Bid 20-54 Section A, Modular Classroom Infrastructure for Ayer and Jackson Elementary Schools and Sunnyside High School

(Board member Jonasson- Rosas abstain pursuant Board Bylaw 9270)

  • Ratified Purchase Orders from April 01, 2021 through April 30, 2021

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

  • Discussed and Adopted Fresno Unified School District’s 2021/22 Local Control and Accountability Plan
  • Discussed and Adopted Fresno Unified School District’s 2021/22 Proposed Budget and Education Protection Account
  • Approved Annual Agreements for the 2021/22 School Year – Primary Report
  • Approved Annual Agreements for the 2021/22 School Year – Supplemental Report (Board member Jonasson- Rosas abstain pursuant Board Bylaw 9270)
  • Discussed and Approved Amendment to the 2021/22 Academic Calendar
  • Presented and Discussed California Dashboard Local Indicators

Finally, the Board of Education received the following Information and Reports:

  • Received Result of Sale of General Obligation Bonds, Election of 2016, Series D and General Obligation Bonds, Election of 2020, Series A

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education will be Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at

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