Summary of the Board of Education Meeting on May 10th, 2023

The May 10th, 2023 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of closed session.

  • The Board took action in closed session to promote Rebecca Wheeler Instructional Superintendent School Leadership.
  • The Board took action in closed session to appoint Michael Niehoff to Executive Director Alternative Education/Instructional Division.
  • The Board took action in closed session to promote Allyson Burns to Principal III Sequoia Middle School.
  • The Board took action in closed session to promote Landon Ailanjian to Principal III Kings Canyon Middle School.
  • The Board took action in closed session to promote Julie Johnson to Principal II Fremont Elementary School.
  • The Board took action in closed session to approve dismissal charges for a classified employee.

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

  • Superintendent Nelson started his remarks reminding families to sign up for Summer Camps. Families should have received a text message with a registration link earlier this week. If they do not have their texted link, they can head to our website here to register online. Some camps are already filling up, so Superintendent urged families to sign up now. He reminded families that transportation will be available from every regional high school and meals will be provided.
  • Superintendent Nelson then shared that we are working with Hanover Research to conduct virtual focus groups with families and in-depth interviews with school site staff to help us better understand your perspectives on what information is needed to support your student’s goals and talk with their school about their performance. He asked families and staff to be on the lookout for an email from Hanover Research and encouraged participation.
  • Superintendent Nelson then shared his recognition, celebration, and gratitude for the following:
    • Mental Health Awareness Month
    • National Foster Care Month
    • National Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month
    • School Principals Day
    • School Nutrition Employee Week
    • School Lunch Hero Day
    • National School Nurse Day
    • National Teacher Appreciation Week
    • National Teacher Appreciation Day, and
    • California Day of the Teacher.
  • Superintendent shared an example of the above and beyond love and care of our teachers by sharing a current undertaking at Herrera Elementary. Right now, one of our beautiful TK students at Herrera Elementary is battling lung cancer. Teachers Myisha Lea’ea, Michael Salinas, Danielle Villarreal and Emmelin Herrera alongside leadership students started fundraising to support the student and her family. They’ve raised almost $6,000 dollars already through t-shirt sales and students selling lemonade at open house and to their fellow students at school. A heartbreaking circumstance turned heartwarming by the huge hearts of our Fresno Unified family.

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 the 2023/24 Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators
  • Adopted Resolution 23-67, Recognizing Former Trustee Manuel G. Núñez (1936-2023)
  • Approved Addendum to Agreement with Alboum Translation Services
  • Approved Agreement with City of Fresno for Summer Swim Program at Fresno Unified School District Pools
  • Approved Carl D. Perkins Applications for Funding
  • Approved Pilot Speech Language Pathologist 185 Duty Days Salary Schedule
  • Approved Award of Request for Proposals 23-38, Fresh Juice, and Dairy Products with Site Delivery Services
  • Approved Proposed Revisions for Board Policies
  • Denied Claim GL22-1004-8861
  • Denied Claim GL22-1004-8862
  • Ratified Purchase Orders from February 01, 2023, through February 28, 2023 – Primary Report
  • Ratified Purchase Orders from February 01, 2023, through February 28, 2023 – Supplemental Report

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

  • Discussed and Adopted the Proposed Curriculum Recommendations for Secondary World Language Courses
  • Discussed the Special Education Department’s Vision for Transformation and Budget Recommendations for High Quality Student Supports
  • Presented and Discussed the 2023/24 Strategic Budget Development

The Board of Education received the following Information or Reports at this meeting:

  • Received Proposed Revisions for Board Bylaws

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

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