The September 5 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of Closed Session. 

  • The Board took action on four workers compensation claims

Next, Miriam Bueno, a parent that has had a positive impact at Cooper Academy led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Board acknowledged the 2018/19 Student Board Member Representatives Malak Sarama and Eduardo Casarubias and alternates AJ Villane and Darin Diep the board then adopted two resolutions:

  • Recognizing September 9, 2018 through September 15, 2018 as Suicide Prevention Week, accepted by Abigail Arii, manager with the Department of Prevention and Intervention, and Timothy Conway, Lead School Psychologist and Crisis Response Coordinator; and
  • Recognizing September 15, 2018 through October 15, 2018 as Hispanic Heritage Month, accepted by David Preciado, consul, Mexican consulate Fresno.

Next SAB President Student Eduardo Casarubias from Duncan Polytechnical High School shared with the Board that soon they will be adding another pathway to their Innovative Design and Applied Technology Academy (IDATA), this will be the Diesel Vehicle Pathway. For 2018/19, Duncan has implemented a new slogan, which is The DPWAY, reminding students to be Ethically Driven, Problem Solvers, Collaborative Workers, Adaptive Learners and to be Digitally Responsible. Eduardo also shared this Wednesday is the first day of Workwear Wednesday,  where every student is provided a shirt based on the pathway that they are in. Once again AFJROTC have partnered to host a 9/11 Ceremony that will be open to any first responders and veterans in the community. Last, Eduardo shared that this will be their second year of Intramural Sports with basketball against University High, Patiño High School and Design Science.

Students from Baird Middle School were present to talk about what they love about their school, and being a Baird student.

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

  • Sharing details of a recent visit to Microsoft where staff experienced new technology tools that will change the way the district does business and supports our students and families.  The superintendent spoke specifically about a Microsoft translator app that can be downloaded to translate a conversation almost instantaneously, a tool that will be used soon to transcribe presentations in the boardroom in real time.
  • Nelson went on to share that just in a little more than one month, Fresno Unified will hold its largest fundraiser for the district’s scholarship fund– the State of Education luncheon that will be held on Monday, October 8. Last year, the district awarded $61,000 in scholarships to 46 high school seniors, but with hundreds applying, there is a far greater need. 
  • He finished his remarks by inviting employees to donate to the scholarship fund through a payroll deduction and shared a short video highlighting how to sign up.

The Board of Education took the following actions 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, August 8, 2018
  • Approved District Representative and Alternative District Representative for State Center Adult Education Consortium
  • Approved Provisional Internship Permits
  •  Approved Purchase of Fitness/Weight Equipment and Related Facility Improvements for Duncan, Edison and Fresno High schools; and Authorize Utilization of Specific Piggybacks contracts
  • Ratified Change Orders for the Projects Listed: Bid 18-06, Bid 18-09, Bid 18-13. (Trustee Ashjian abstained pursuant board Bylaw 9270)
  •  Ratified Master Contract with Utah Youth Village DBA Alpine Academy for Nonpublic School and Residential Placement
  • Ratified the Filing of a Notice of Completion
  • Ratify Purchase Orders from June1, 2018 through June 30, 2018. (Trustee Ashjian and  president Jonasson-Rosas abstained pursuant board Bylaw 9270)

Next, the Board took the following actions during the discussion portion of the agenda:

  • Ratified of the 2018-2019 Negotiated Collective Bargain Agreement Between Fresno Unified School District and California Employees Association and its Fresno Food Service Chapter
  • Approved  the 2017/18 Unaudited Actual Financial Report, 2017/18 Year-End Budget Revision and 2018/19 Gann Limit
  • Adopted  Resolution 18-02 Making Finding in Accordance with Government Code Section 4217.12(a)(1) and Adopted Resolution 18-03 Approving Energy Services Agreements with  FFP BTM solar, LLC (ForeFront Power) for Development of Solar Energy Projects at Cesar Chavez Adult School and District Nutrition Center, and Finding the Agreements to be the Best Interest of Fresno Unified School District

The Board Received Proposed Revisions for Exhibit (E) 9270-Conflict of Interest

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education is Wednesday, September 19, 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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