The November 14 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of Closed Session:

  • The board took action on four workers’ compensation cases. 

Next, the Hoover High School unified soccer team led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Then, the board recognized:

  • The unified sports champions for Fall 2018/19 school year, plaque accepted by Hoover High School unified soccer team – North Yosemite league champion. Head coach Mike Hill and Nic Peterson.

Next, Wilma Tsutsui, ASB representative from Fresno High School, shared with the board their fall project– a donation drive for “Be a Santa to a Senior”. Schools will be collecting items that senior citizens will enjoy this holiday season such as stuffed animals, warm socks, scarves, and blankets. Students also talked about doing a collection drive for the residents of Paradise recently affected by the Camp fire. They hope as a district to be able to collect items that can fill a bus and be delivered to those in need. Students also shared the drama department at Fresno High is presenting its fall production “Many Moons” taking place in Royce Hall on November 15, 16 and 17. Campus culture, band, cheer, folklorico, JROTC and leadership will be visiting Hamilton and Cooper Academy in the next weeks to highlight various Fresno High programs available for incoming students.

Students from Cooper Academy Middle School were present and spoke about what they love about their school, and being a Cooper Academy student.

The board then adopted the following resolution:

  • Proclaiming December 3-7, 2018 as Inclusive Schools Week

The superintendent then recognized Fresno Unified departing Board Members for their service to Fresno Unified School District.

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

  • A reminder that the window to nominate a fellow colleague for Excellence in Education is closing; last day to do so will be Friday November 16. This is an opportunity to nominate a colleague who go goes above and beyond for the students and employees of Fresno Unified. Finalist will be honored, and winners announced, at the Excellence in Education awards banquet on Monday, February 4, 2019 
  • Nelson also shared that this week is School Psychology Awareness Week. Fresno Unified has more than 70 school psychologists and 7 interns supporting our school sites. They provide district support and interventions for students, and collaborate with teachers, social workers, administrators and families to improve strategies that support the whole child, both in an out of the classroom. Here is a video to highlight some of the work they do.
  • Superintendent recognized that the month of November is California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month.  The success of our community is dependent on the diverse residents who call Fresno home. The largest concentration of Sikhs in America live in California, New York and New Jersey. We all play a critical role in promoting and celebrating the diversity that makes our community great. Nelson shared how thankful he was for those in the Sikh community who help us share that knowledge.
  • Superintendent highlighted that Tuesday, November 27, the District will begin hosting a number of community engagement workshops as the district prepares to develop next school year’s fiscal budget. This effort is part of the Local Control and Accountability Plan, or LCAP. Workshops give parents and community members an opportunity to share their voice and ideas regarding potential budget investments and programs designated to support student outcomes.  For a complete list of regional workshop dates, you can visit the district website.

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, October 3, 2018
  • Adopted Resolution Ordering the Date of the Annual Organizational Meeting of the Governing Board
  • Approved Agreement with Swum Math 
  • Approved Amended Agreement with Educational Consulting Services, Inc.
  • Approved  Award of Bid 19-06 Phase 1B, Installation of  District Video Security System at Elementary Schools: Anthony, Easterby, Homan, Muir, Pyle, Starr, Webster, Wolters
  • Approved Revision to Add a Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting Date to the 2019/20
  • Approved Provisional Internship Permits
  • Denied Claim #GL18-0301-1767
  • Ratified Article 20 Waivers for Various Schools for the 201/19 School Year
  • Ratified Grant Application to the California Department of Education for the Student Support and Academic Achievement Program
  • Ratified Change Orders for Projects Listed Below (Trustee Ashjian abstained pursuant to board Bylaw 9270)
    • Bid 18-16, Kings Canyon Middle School Underground Water Piping Replacement
    • Bid 18-25, Roosevelt High School Construction of New Aquatic Complex
  • Ratified the Filling of Notices of Completion for Various Projects (Trustee Ashjian abstained pursuant to board Bylaw 9270)
    • Bid 18-16, Kings Canyon Middle School Underground Piping Replacement
    • Bid 18-20, Gaston Middle School Portable Classroom Relocation and Infrastructure
    • Bid 18-37, Terronez Middle School Playcourt and Parking Lot Asphalt Rehabilitation Project

Next, the Board of Education took action on the below conference/discussion agenda items:

  • Public Discussion of the  Fresno Area Substitute Teachers Association initial proposal to the Fresno Unified School District for the  2019-2022 Successor Agreement
  • Discussed and Adopted the Fresno Unified School District initial proposal to the Fresno Area Substitute Teachers Association for the  2019-2022 Successor Agreement
  • Public Discussion of the Service Employees International Union initial proposal to Fresno Unified School District for the 2019-2022 Successor Agreement
  • Discussed and Adopted the Fresno Unified School District initial proposal to the Service Employees International Union  for the  2019-2022 Successor  Agreement
  • Presented and Discussed the California Dashboard Overview Series, Part Three
  • Presented and Discussed Updates on the  2018-19 Local Control and Accountability Plan Actions
  • Discussed and Approved Action and Expenditures for Special Education

Next, the Board received information and Report agenda items:

  • Received  Fresno Unified School District’s First Quarterly Investment Report for Fiscal Year 2018/19 
  • Received Constituent Services Quarterly Reporting 
  • Received  Proposed Revisions for Board Policy (BP) 5127 

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education is Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at the Fresno Unified Education Center, located at 2309 Tulare St. in Fresno. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at

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