The September 27th, 2023 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of closed session:

  • The Board took action in closed session on a worker’s compensation claim.
  • The Board took action in closed session to approve dismissal charges for a certificated employee.
  • The Board took action in closed session to promote Peter Pulos to Administrator, Alternative Education.
  • The Board took action in closed session to promote Philip McIlhargey to Administrator, Human Resources/Labor Relations.

Next, the Board of Education heard from the Duncan Student Advisory Board Members and acknowledged the 2023/24 Student Board Members and Alternates.

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

  • Superintendent Nelson started his remarks celebrating and recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month. Superintendent shared our schools and teams have been celebrating and learning all month. National Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity for all to recognize the contributions made by Hispanic and Latinx Americans and to celebrate their heritage and culture. Hidalgo kicked celebrations off with the Mexican Consulate and Sunnyside’s folklorico group has performed for Herrera, Storey, Olmos, and Terronez to name a few. Roosevelt’s mariachi band and folklorico group has also been celebrating and performing at schools including Tatarian just last week. Superintendent shared this video highlighting some of those great celebrations.
  • Superintendent Nelson shared his disappointment in yet again having to share that one of our students was hit by a vehicle on her way to school this morning. Superintendent shared his gratitude that our student will be okay, but the accident was enough to transport her to the hospital this morning. Superintendent share this cannot continue to happen to our kids – our kids DESERVE to be safe as they travel to and from school each day. Keeping our kids safe is a joint effort and we need every driver in Fresno to be safe, attentive, and SLOW around our schools. Superintendent asked parents and families to talk to your teenage drivers to ensure they are being safe and smart around our schools. Superintendent shared as a district that we are investing in safe routes to schools assessments, building public awareness, and even bringing curriculum to our classrooms. Superintendent encouraged teachers to please take advantage of the pedestrian safety curriculum being provided by our Curriculum and Instruction department. Teachers can reach out to Michele Pacheco directly with any questions.
  • Superintendent then shared an update on negotiations with FTA. He shared we completed the fact-finding panel on September 7th and have been working to respect that process as we await the fact-finder’s final report. We expect that report to be sent to FTA and FUSD sometime next week and we look forward to meeting with the teachers’ union to work toward solutions using the fact-finder’s recommendations. If following that conversation with FTA we have not reached a settlement, we will ensure the public is able to see that report and we will communicate next steps clearly with our staff, families, and community. Superintendent reassured all that we are continuing to work toward a mutually beneficial agreement and avoid a strike. However, if we are unable to avoid a teacher strike, Superintendent assured all that we are well prepared and that we will be doing everything in our power to ensure our schools stay open, safe, and full of learning for our students.
  • Superintendent Nelson shared that the development of our Every Child Is A Reader literacy plans in narrative form are in their final stages. The complete Fresno Unified Every Child Is A Reader literacy plan includes districtwide information with all seven regional literacy plans, all following our district-provided literacy framework. The regional plans will include SMART goals, budgets, specific strategies, assessment information, research and more. School site leaders have been collaborating, researching, and deeply analyzing their pre-k through first grade data prior to developing and submitting their SMART goals. Once the plan is finalized, it will be translated into Spanish and Hmong and shared with our community.
  • Superintendent then shared that the fall climate and culture survey is now open! This is a chance for our families and staff to tell us what’s going well and what we could do better. It’s a quick and easy way to make your voice heard. If you’re signed up for ParentSquare, just follow the link we send out and answer a few questions. Your feedback is so important to us and helps us to continue improving.
  • Superintendent Nelson announced that nominations are now open for this year’s Excellence in Education! Please take the time to nominate your colleagues! All employees, including certificated, classified, and management are eligible. Click here to be directed to the nomination form.
  • Superintendent shared on Friday, September 29th, individual tickets for the State of Education Gala go on sale. You can grab yours on Friday at the Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools website at www.foundation4fusd.org. All proceeds benefit our student scholarships and last year we raised more than $250,000. Can’t wait to see you all there – we’ve got some great surprises for you!
  • Superintendent shared that students and families are invited to attend the eighth annual Feria de Educación on Saturday, October 14, at Fresno State from 10am-3pm. Feria de Educación provides an opportunity for Spanish-speaking families to learn about higher education institutions, college admission requirements, careers and professions, and what is needed to earn a college degree. The event will include workshops, campus tours, Kids Zone, Reading Garden, photo booth, performances by los Danzantes de Aztlán, resource fair and the special appearance of Leo Gonzalez.
  • Superintendent Nelson closed his remarks recognizing our Sunnyside region Trustee, Valerie Davis, for being selected as a finalist for the Council of the Great City Schools Green Garner Award! This award is highly selective and the nation’s highest urban education honor. The recognition is so well-deserved, and we can’t wait to honor Trustee Davis next month. Congratulations Trustee Davis!

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
  • Approved Agreement with Dynamic Learning Experiences LLC
  • Approved Agreement with Marjaree Mason Center
  • Approved Agreement with Theodore Adams dba TR3 Studios
  • Approved Agreement with Delta Dental of California
  • Approved Agreement with ASM Global – Fresno Convention Center
  • Approved Agreement with Pardini’s
  • Approved Award of Bid 24-16, Roeding Elementary School Confidential Spaces and Administration Building Modernization
  • Approved Rejection of Bid 23-55, Tehipite Middle School New E-Sports Arena
  • Approved Supplemental Award of Request for Proposals 23-52R, USDA Commodity Prepared Foods
  • Denied Claim GL23-0818-9522
  • Ratified Agreements for the Joint Apprenticeship Training Funds
  • Ratified Agreement with Scout Island – Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
  • Ratified Amendment to Agreement with KLS Design
  • Ratified Amendment to Agreement with Teocalli Cultural Academy
  • Ratified Amendments to Agreements for Extended Learning Programs
  • Ratified Change Orders
  • Ratified the Filing of Notices of Completion

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

  • Held a Public Hearing and Adopted Resolution in the Matter of Sufficiency of Instructional Materials
  • Presented and Discussed the California Assessment of Student Progress Results, Data Analysis, and Next Steps

The Board of Education received no Information or Reports at this meeting.

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be on Wednesday, October 4th, 2023. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at board.fresnounified.org.

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