Summary of the Board of Education Meeting on May 20, 2020

Virtual Meeting

The May 20, 2020 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of Closed Session

  • The Board promoted Beth Doyle, vice principal at Addams Elementary School to principal at Addams Elementary School
  • The Board promoted Toua Chang, vice principal at Greenberg Elementary School to principal at Balderas Elementary School
  • The Board promoted Cari Lopez, vice principal at Figarden Elementary School to principal at Figarden Elementary School
  • The Board appointed/lateral Xee Moua, principal at Wolters Elementary School to principal at Hidalgo Elementary School
  • The Board promoted Noemi Parayno, vice principal at Rowell Elementary School to principal at Jackson Elementary School
  • The Board promoted Meegan Grant, vice principal at Storey Elementary School to principal at Wilson Elementary School
  • The Board appointed Brian Vollhardt, vice principal at Bullard High School to principal at Wolters Elementary

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

  • Highlighting that May is Mental Health Awareness month. Taking care of our mental health is crucial and even more so during times of a global pandemic. There is a lot to be stressed about during these times and we must be proactive in taking care of ourselves to function at the extremely high level our community needs us to right now. Fresno Unified has several resources for our students, staff, and families in need of social emotional wellness support. Head to our website at and click the social emotional wellness picture to be taken directly to those resources including direct referral forms for help. This Friday, tune in live at 12:30 p.m. through our website, Facebook or Instagram for our district livestream conversation, “How Do I Deal with the Stress of a Pandemic?”
  • Next, the Superintendent shared that today our teams started a pilot program utilizing our school buses to provide Wi-Fi in the Kirk neighborhood for our students. We had two buses parked at Kirk Elementary School today from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Those two buses will be available for students this Thursday and Friday, as well as Tuesday through Friday next week from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. After next week, we will analyze the utilization and need and talk about expanding the program.
  • Superintendent Nelson stated that this board meeting is the last meeting before the end of the traditional school year – which ends on Thursday, June 4. We encourage everyone to continue engaging in your learning like you have over these last couple of weeks and make sure you get your grades improved before the deadline of May 22 for seniors and June 1 for all other grades. We are so proud of all our students and families for adapting along with us during these school closures. 
  • Superintendent shared that the end of the school year also means that we are transitioning to our summer meal program:
  • On Thursday, June 4, the last day of school, we will be providing meals for both Thursday and Friday at all 23 meal sites as we will NOT be serving meals on Friday, June 5.
  • We will re-open meal services on Monday, June 8 serving at 22 sites from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. We will post all sites and times on our website and social media.
  • The summer meals program will continue through Friday, August 14 and we will serve on weekdays, except Friday, July 3 which is a district holiday. We will serve two days of meals on Thursday, July 2 to prepare.
  • Monday, May 25 is a district holiday so this Friday, May 22 we will be serving two days of meals to prepare. 
  • Superintendent Nelson reminded everyone that our virtual senior celebrations start tomorrow with Design Science. You can find the full schedule on our website and social media.  We hope you will join us in celebrating our seniors. Please tag us in all your celebrations from home using the hashtags #WeLoveFUSDSeniors and #FUSDClassOF2020.
  • Next Superintendent shared that as the traditional school year winds down there is a lot of concern and anxiety swirling around what next school year will look like. While we don’t have any hard and fast answers at this time, I want to ensure you that we are working diligently on how we safely reopen school and serve our students. We are committed to provide high quality instruction and safe environments for our students and our teams. We will keep you informed through our website and social media as we have more information throughout the summer.
  • Last, Superintendent Nelson encouraged the community to complete their Census form if they have not already. It takes just a few minutes and means so much to the funding of crucial services in our community, including schools.

Next, the Board of Education took the following action on the below consent agenda items:

  • Approved Personnel List
  • Adopted Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators
  • Adopted Emergency Resolution 19-42 Pursuant Public Contract Code Section 22050 for Abatement and Demolition of Building at 2526 and 2540 East Hedges Avenue
  • Approved Minutes from Prior Meetings
  • Approved Addendum to the Center for Advanced Research and Technology Operating Agreement
  • Approved Amendment to the Agreement with London Medical Management
  • Approved Amendment to Existing Agreement with Care Solace
  • Approved Grant Application to the Department of Education – Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program Grant
  • Approved Multiyear Contract with Cisco Systems Capital Corp. from Development Group Inc. for Annual Updates and Technical Support of District Telecommunications Systems
  • Approved Multiyear Contract with Cisco Systems Capital Corp. From Development Group Inc. for Annual Updates and Technical Support of District Content Filter and Firewall Subscriptions
  • Approved Award of Request for Qualifications 20-26, Musical Instruments Service and Repair
  • Approved Award of Request for Proposals20-31, Security Guard Services
  • Approved Proposed Revisions for Board Policies
  • BP 5112.5 Closed Campus
  • BP 5131.4 Campus Disturbances
  • BP 5131.5 Vandalism
  • BP 5131.63 Anabolic Steroids
  • BP 5141.24 Specialized Physical Health Care Services
  • BP 5145.2 Freedom of Speech/Expression: Publication Code
  • BP 6011 Academic Standards
  • BP 6020 Parent Involvement
  • BP 6112 School Day
  • BP 6115 Ceremonies and Observances
  • BP 6141 Curriculum Development and Design
  • (NEW) BP 6141.4 International Baccalaureate Program
  • (NEW) BP 6141.5 Advanced Placement
  • BP 6142.8 Comprehensive Health Education
  • BP 6142.92 Mathematics Instruction
  • (NEW) BP 6142.94 History-Social Science Instruction
  • BP 6143 Courses of Study
  • BP 6145.5 Organizations/Associations
  • BP 6145.6 International Exchanges
  • (DELETE) BP 6145.7 Student Exchange Organizations
  • (DELETE) BP 6145.8 Activity Funds Management
  • (NEW) BP 6145.8 Assemblies and Special Events
  • Denied Claim GL19-0409-2945
  • Denied Claim GL19-0409-2946
  • Ratified Application to No Kid Hungry for the Share Our Strength Grant Program
  • Ratified Gran Application to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation: Starting Smart and Strong Initiative and Strong Initiative for a Two-year Grant Cycle
  • Ratified Grant Application to the 2020 Community Oriented Policing Services – School Violence Prevention Program to Provide Technology Safety Enhancements for Schools
  • Ratified Change Orders for the Projects Listed Below

Bid 19-51 Sections B and C, Mechanical Improvements for Various Schools: Malloch Elementary School and Tehipite Middle School

Bid 20-02 Sections A and B, McLane and Roosevelt High Schools Ballfield Scoreboards Installation Rebid

Bid 20-15, Viking Elementary School Portable Classrooms and Restroom Infrastructure 

  • Ratified Purchase Orders from March 1, 2020 through March 31, 2020 – Primary Report
  • Ratified Purchase Orders from March 1, 2020 through March 21, 2020 – Supplemental Report (Board member Jonasson- Rosas abstain pursuant Board Bylaw 9270)

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

  • Presented and Discussed the State’s May Revised Budget Proposal 

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

  • Received Fresno Unified Schools District’s Third Quarterly Investment Report for Fiscal Year 2019/20
  • Received Constituent Services Quarterly Reporting  ​

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education will be a teleconference meeting on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at

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