Summary of the Board of November 20, 2019 Meeting

The November 20 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcement out of Closed Session

  • The Board took action on one workers’ compensation claim​

Next, Jetzamani Anguiano, a parent from Balderas Elementary School, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Next, Elizabeth Garcia and Sergio Hernandez, ASB representatives from DeWolf High School, shared that nine of their students are taking dual enrollment classes at Fresno City College, ten more are taking offsite Spanish classes to meet A-G requirements. Students shared that at DeWolf, students can work on two different career paths to earn credits and obtain certifications such as Food Handlers Certification and OSHA10 Certification or hands-on experience in Construction Technology. Also, DeWolf started the year with new clubs, e-sports and intramural sports. The boy basketball team took first place in the intramural league.

Students from Yosemite Middle School were present and spoke about what they love about being a student at their school.

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

  • Highlighting that with Thanksgiving Break coming up next week it is important to take time to reflect on what we are grateful for- your family, your education, your teams, your health, your opportunities. Superintendent mentioned that just spending time focusing on gratitude brings so many benefits to our lives, especially as leaders’ thanks to all who work hard on behalf of our kids each day.
  • Nelson also shared that as we return from Thanksgiving Break parents of our English Learners will be receiving a personalized video summary of their child’s scores on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). This Assessment is used to determine English Learner redesignation or our EL students in Fresno Unified.  The videos will be available in the ATLAS Parent Portal and will be send directly to parents if they are signed up for EduText.
  • Next, Superintendent shared that the online LCAP Goals Survey is online and ready for feedback from Students, Parents, Staff and Community. This online survey takes just 5-10 minutes to complete and will help to inform our completion of the next Local Control and Accountability Plan. The LCAP is a plan that describes the district’s overall vision for student success and includes investment action aimed to improving performance. Your input is vital to our district determining where we will invest our dollars directly to improve student outcomes. You can find a link to the survey here.
  • Superintendent reminded parents that the deadline for School Choice Transfer Applications for the 20/21 school year is December 2. There is a great video to walk you through the School Choice Transfers Application process that you can find in our website. You can also complete many of the applications online or you can contact our Transfers Office for any assistance. 
  • Superintendent Nelson shared that the deadline to nominate a colleague for the 2020 Excellence in Education Awards is close. Nominations close this Friday, November 22.
  • Lastly, superintendent recognized the great job from students at Cooper Academy who are showing their gratitude in a unique and impactful way by doing a water walk to help a school in Uganda get clean drinking water. You can watch the video of their great job here

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 Ordering the Date of the Annual Organizational Meeting of the Governing Board
  • Approved Expansion of Fresno EOC, Street Saints Agreement to Tehipite Middle School and Addams Elementary School
  • Approved Amendment 01 to Agreement CSPP-9075 for the California State Preschool Program and Approved Amendment 01 to Agreement CCTR-9035 for General Child Care and Development Programs from the California Department of Education
  • Approved Submission of Renewal Grant Application by the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools to the California Department of Education for the After-School Education and Safety Program
  • Approved Proposed Revisions for Board Policies 3100, 3260,3290 and 3515.4
  • Denied Claim GL19-0709-3412

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

  • Presented and Discussed Special Education Investment Update
  • Presented and Discussed Update Regarding the Joint Health Management Board
  • Adopted Resolution Ordering an Election to Authorize the issuance of School Bonds, Establishing Specifications of the Election Order, and Requesting Consolidation with Other Elections Occurring on March 3, 2020
  1. Resolution 19-24, which calls for $325 million Fresno Unified School District school facilities bond measure.
  • Discussed and Approved Potential 2020 Bond Projects

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

  • Received Fresno Unified School District’s First Quarterly Investment Report for Fiscal Year 2019/20
  • Received Call for Appointments to California Schools Boards Association Delegate Assembly
  • Received Constituent Services Quarterly Reporting
  • Received Aspen Ridge High School Charter Petition 

The Board is schedule to have a workshop on December 2, and the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education is Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the Fresno Unified Education Center, located at 2309 Tulare Street in Fresno. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at

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