Summary of the Board of Education Meeting on November 9th, 2022

The November 9th, 2022 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of closed session:

  • The Board took action to approve charges for dismissal; imposition of suspension without pay for a certificated employee.
  • The Board took action to approve dismissal charges for a classified employee.
  • The Board took action to promote Tonisha Hargrove to Executive Officer in Curriculum & Instruction.
  • The Board took action to hire Billy Chan as Instructional Superintendent in School Leadership.
  • The Board took action on a workers’ compensation settlement.
  • The Board reported action from the October 26th meeting on two workers’ compensation settlements.

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

  • Superintendent Nelson started his remarks acknowledging the great work across the district recognizing Native American Heritage Month, National Family Literacy Month, California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month, and Veterans Day.
  • Superintendent Nelson then recognized Chief Financial Officer Santino Danisi’s stellar work serving our district for the last 14 years. Superintendent wished Santino well in his future endeavors as he becomes the Controller for the City of Fresno. Superintendent shared that he will be launching a nationwide search for the best candidate shortly after the new year. In the meantime, Patrick Jensen, will be serving as the interim Chief Financial Officer. Patrick has served as a Chief Business Officer for several years and has experience across the district.
  • Superintendent reminded parents that they should be receiving their personalized winter camps registration links via text this week. Superintendent encouraged families to check out the offerings on our website at and to get their kids registered for these fun, free camps.
  • Superintendent shared the news that our Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools will be participating in Giving Tuesday this year! Giving Tuesday falls on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and is a nationwide drive for folks to give to their favorite charitable organizations. Superintendent asked all to keep an eye out for more information this month and to choose us as your Giving Tuesday donation!
  • Superintendent Nelson then made a shoutout to our English Learner department and all our Hmong Dual Language Immersion schools and staff. Earlier this week educators from Minnesota visited our district to learn from our Hmong Dual Language Immersion program. Superintendent shared his gratitude for our team’s initiative and dedication to develop and write our Hmong DLI curriculum from scratch so we could best serve our unique community.
  • Superintendent Nelson wrapped up his remarks recognizing the incredible work of our School Psychologists and celebrating National School Psychology Week with this video.

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 Resolution 23-07, Proclaiming November 07 – 11, 2022, as National Psychology Week
  • Adopted Resolution Ordering the Date of the Annual Organizational Meeting of the Governing Board
  • Approved Agreement with Education and Leadership Foundation/Inter-Act Fellows
  • Approved Agreement with Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission
  • Approved Agreement with Minuteman Press
  • Approved Agreement with Nightingale Dispute Consultants, Inc.
  • Approved Agreement with Springboard Collaborative
  • Approved ProSolve Leadership Series Proposal
  • Approved Agreement between Parsec Education and Fresno Unified School District
  • Denied Claim GL22-0408-6890
  • Denied Claim GL22-0408-7793
  • Denied Claim GL22-0408-7794
  • Ratified Change Orders
  • Ratified the Filing of Notices of Completion
  • Ratified Purchase Orders from August 01, 2022, through August 31, 2022 – Primary Report
  • Ratified Purchase Orders from August 01, 2022, through August 31, 2022 – Supplemental Report
  • Ratified Vendor Designation Per Request for Qualifications 22-09, Extended Learning Enrichment Services

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

  • Presented and Discussed the Superintendent’s Dashboard

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

  • Received the Fresno Unified School District First Quarter Investment Report for Fiscal Year 2022/23

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education will be on Wednesday, December 7th, 2022. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at

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