Summary of the Board of Education Meeting on March 22nd, 2023

The March 22nd, 2023 meeting of the Board of Education began with no announcements out of closed session.

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

  • Superintendent Nelson started his remarks with his top priorities – literacy and safety.
  • Superintendent Nelson shared his priority and focus on ensuring every one of our students are reading and writing at grade level by the end of first grade. He shared the work between the instructional team and Executive Cabinet to dive deeply into literacy in PreK, TK, K, and 1st grade specifically. Classroom visits were made to Storey Elementary in all four grades to see best practices in action and contextualize the learning for all leaders. Superintendent shared how abundantly clear those early foundations of pre-reading skills taught in PreK and TK are making a difference in K and 1st grade success. He recognized the amazing talent of our teachers, instructional team, and leaders to create environments that will help us to reach our goals of strong readers and writers by the end of first grade.
  • Superintendent then asked families for their help in these efforts. He implored our families to enroll their children in early learning as soon as they’re eligible. He shared that there are some misconceptions that early learning, PreK, TK, and K, are seen by some as “optional” learning as they are not mandated by law. Superintendent pleaded with families to not treat these years as optional learning and clarified that the learning happening in each of those grades is different and built upon year after year.
  • Superintendent shared that enrollment for PreK opens on April 1st for the 23/24 school year for all children who turn three or four before December 2nd this year. Superintendent also shared that registration is now open for TK and Kindergarten for the 23/24 school year. TK is available for all children who turn five between September 2nd and April 2nd and Kindergarten is available for all children who turn five before September 2nd. Families can enroll online through our website or by visiting their neighborhood school.
  • Superintendent then shared more about his priority of safety for our students and staff across the district. He previewed that the Board would be hearing from our Fresno High educators and students tonight and that next week the Board will participate in a workshop on Safety. Next week’s board workshop will share a holistic view of student and staff safety including campus safety, safety through prevention and intervention, and safety through classroom management.
  • Superintendent Nelson shared that each and every one of our employees and our students play an integral role in safety. There is no one department, one position, one school, or one leadership team that “owns” safety – we all have to play our part to build environments and culture inside and outside of the classroom to support safety at Fresno Unified. Superintendent shared this great collaboration between students and staff who are working together to put a stop to sexual harassment, check the video out here.
  • Superintendent Nelson closed his remarks by inviting the board and community to join the Cesar Chavez Day celebration at Fresno Adult School next week and by congratulating Board President Islas on being named the 2023 Woman of the Year for the 31st state assembly district by Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula.

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 23-40, Vehicle Procurement Delegation
  • Approved Position and Adopted Job Description Coordinator I – Human Resources and Classified Management Salary Schedule 261 Duty Days
  • Approved Position and Adopted Job Description Coordinator, Farm to School and Classified Management Salary Schedule 261 Duty Days
  • Approved Fiscal Agent Change for the After School Education and Safety and 21st Century Community Learning Center Program
  • Approved Appointment to Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee
  • Approved Agreement with K-12 Insight
  • Approved Agreement with Bright Morning Consulting
  • Approved Agreement with Fresno Pacific University Center for Community Transformation
  • Approved Agreement with ProSolve for 2022/23 Summer Academy
  • Approved Agreement with RSS Consulting for New School Bond 2024 Equity-Based Facilities Planning
  • Approved Addendum to Agreement with Adjua Ngeena Kembah McNeil
  • Approved Amendment to Agreement with Shaw HR Consulting
  • Approved Renewal Agreement with Marsh & McLennan Agency
  • Approved Property, Liability, and Cyber Insurance for 2023/24
  • Approved Award of Bid 23-28, Bullard High School Pool Heater Replacement
  • Approved Award of Request for Proposal 23-20, Nutrition Center Production Line Equipment
  • Approved Vendor Designation Per Request for Qualifications 22-09, Extended Learning Enrichment Services
  • Approved Award of Request for Qualifications 23-30
  • Denied Claim GL22-1028-8613
  • Ratified Agreement with Doubletree Hotel for Classified Development Training
  • Ratified Change Orders

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

  • Presented and Discussed Safety Concerns at Fresno High School
  • Discussed and Adopted Transportation Services Plan
  • Presented and Discussed the Overview of Recovery Fund Expenditures

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

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be for a workshop on Safety on Tuesday, March 28th, 2023 at 5pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education will be on Wednesday, April 12th, 2023. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at board.fresnounified.org.

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