The May 29 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of Closed Session:
- The Board hired Abraham Olivares, Associate Principal at Golden Valley High School as Principal at Fort Miller Middle School
- The Board took action on three worker’s compensation claims
Next, Students Madison Garcia, Carlos Gonzalez (Hoover High School), and Treila Hunter (Tenaya Middle School) led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Next, the board of education recognized the Hoover High Unified Basketball team, Valley Champions, and Coaches Michael Hill and Shawn Toomer.
Next, Superintendent Nelson provided a brief report to the Board of Education including:
- Highlighting that we have six more days of school. Fresno Adult will kick off the graduation season by being the first of 17 graduation ceremonies that will take place over a six-day window. Congratulations to the nearly 4,000 Fresno Unified Seniors we will celebrate over the next weeks as they walk across the graduation stage and receive their diplomas. This is an exciting time for our students, their families and the countless adults throughout the district who helped them along their journey. We wish our graduates well.
- Nelson also shared that May is National Foster Care Month. Highlighting National Foster Care Month is an opportunity to recognize that we all can play an integral part in the lives of a young child –it can be life changing for all those involved. Fresno Unified has approximately 1,000 students who are in the foster care system. This year, project ACCESS, in collaboration with Equity and Access, worked with four school sites, Hoover, Tioga, Bullard and Tenaya, to address suspension and expulsion rates of foster youth students and increase their sense of belonging at school allowing school and district staff opportunities to build relationships with the foster youth students on their campus. In honor of National Foster Care Month, we are displaying artwork that our students created during their club meetings out in the foyer and on the second floor of the Ed Center for the Month of May.
- Next, Superintendent shared that another area in which schools communities are coming together to engage students in a deep and meaningful way is through Unified Sound. Unified Sound started this year with a small pilot program at four high schools. Through this new program, general education students are helping students learn how to play a musical instrument. The students in special education have been performing with the full ensembles from their high schools at many of the end of the year spring concerts. After a very successful pilot ear with Fresno, Hoover, McLane and Sunnyside high schools, all seven of the district’s comprehensive high school will implement the program in 2019/20, making Fresno Unified the first in the country to have districtwide participation. Together we are building futures and providing even more learning opportunities for ALL students. Here is a video highlighting this great work.
- Lastly, Superintendent shared that the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) will hold a public hearing on the subject as part of the agenda. This year, the outreach provided by State and Federal and Parent University exceed las year’s meetings holding 245 meetings. Last year, 91 community members engaged in the LCAP outreach process, whereas this year it was 236. Last year 416 Fresno Adults gave voice to LCAP, this year 683 did. The largest area of growth occurred with general student population exceeding last year’s engagement numbers by nearly 10,000 individuals. Thank you all those who attended LCAP stakeholders meetings, ensuring we captures your voice when developing the district’s plan for supporting the academic outcomes and needs of our 74,000 students.
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 the District Administrative Board
- Approved Minutes from Prior Meeting
- Adopted Resolution 18-21, in the Matter of the Reduction in Terms of Service for the Child Welfare & Attendance Specialist II Positions for the 2019/20 School Year
- Adopt Resolution 18-24 Delineating Authorized District Agents to Sign on Behalf of Fresno Unified School District
- Approved Addendum to the District’s Facilities and Operations Agreement with Fresno Innovative Charter Schools, Inc.
- Approved Award of Bid 19-39 Sections A and B, Kings Canyon and Tehipite Middle School Gymnasium Bleacher Installation
- Approved Award of Bid 19-41, Wawona K-8 School Classroom and Restroom Additions
- Approved Award of Bid 19-42, Sections A-D, Lighting Improve-ments at Various Schools Phase 3: Balderas, Calwa, Greenberg, Heaton, Hidalgo, Kratt, Leavenworth, Lowell, Malloch, Manchester, Mayfair, Norseman, Powers, Starr and Storey Elementary Schools; Bullard Talent K-8 School, Terronez Middle School; Bullard, Edison, Fresno, Hoover and Sunnyside High Schools; Phoenix Secondary Academy; Cesar Chavez Adult Education; and Center for Professional Development
- Approved Award of Bid 19-44 Sections A and B, Easterby and Kratt Elementary Schools Playcourt and Parking Lot Rehabilitation
- Approved Award of Bid 19-46, Ventura and 10th – Old Juvenile Hall Demolition Phase 1
- Approved Award of Bid 19-49, Calwa and King Elementary Schools Portable Classroom Infrastructure
- Approved Award of Bid 19-50 Sections A and B, Portable Classroom Relocation and Infrastructure for Various Schools: Ewing, Kirk, Phoenix Elementary, Sunset, Vang Pao and Wilson Elementary Schools
- Approved Award of Bid 19-54, Bullard Talent Site and Security Improvements
- Approved Facilities and Operations Agreement By and Between Fresno Unified and Edison-Bethune Charter Academy
- Approved Independent Contractor Services agreement with Springboard Collaborative
- Denied Claim #GL19-0429-3084
- Ratified Change Orders for the Projects Listed Below
- Bid 18-13, Duncan Polythecnical High School Career Technical Educations (CTE) Center Building Construction, and Alterations to Existing Shop Building
- Bid 18-39, Fresno High School Gymnasium HVAC Improvements
- Ratified Purchase Orders from March 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019 – Primary Report and Zero Dollar Contracts
- Ratified Purchase Orders from March 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019 – Supplemental Report (Board Clerk Mills and Trustee Jonasson-Rosas abstained pursuant Board Bylaw 9270)
- Ratified the Filing of Notices of Completion
- Bid 18-26, Balderas Centennial and Leavenworth Elementary Schools and Edison High School Portable Classrooms Relocations and Infrastructure
- Bid 18-33R, Fort Miller Middle School Gymnasium Makeup Air Units Replacement Rebid
- Bid 18-39, Fresno High School Gymnasium HVAC Improvements
- Bid 19-05, Section1, Installation of district Video Security System at Elementary Schools –Phase 1A
- Bid 19-05 Section 2, Installation of District Video Security System at Elementary Schools – Phase 1A
Next, the Board of Education discussed and took action on the below conference/discussion agenda items:
- Discussed and Approved Revised McLane High School Master Plan
- Discussed and Approved the 2019/20 School Plans for Student Achievement
- Held Public Hearing, Presented and Discussed Fresno Unified School District’s 2019/20 Local Control and Accountability Plan
- Held Public Hearing, Presented and Discussed Fresno Unified Schools District’s 2019/20 Proposed Budget and Education Protection Account
- Public Discussion of the California School Employees Association and Its Fresno Chapter 125 White Collar Initial proposal to the Fresno Unified School District for the 2019-2020 Reopener Agreement
- Public Discussion and Adopted the Fresno Unified School District Initial Proposal to the California School Employees Association Chapter 125 White Collar for the 2019/2020 Reopener Agreement
Next, the Board of Education received the below Information and Reports:
- Received Information Regarding The Issuance and Sale of General obligation Bonds, Election of 2016 (Measure X), Series B, in the Aggregate Principal Amount of Not Exceed $75,000,000
- Received Constituent Services Quarterly Reporting
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education is Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Fresno Unified Education Center, located at 2309 Tulare Street in Fresno. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at https://go.fresnou.org/board.