Summary of the Board of Education September 13, 2017 Meeting
The September 13, 2017 meeting of the Board of Education began with the following announcements out of Closed Session.
Next, Noemi Rodriguez and Elizabeth Tarrazas, parents who have had a positive impact at Hidalgo Elementary School, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Board of Education approved the minutes from the May 24, 2017 special meeting and the May 31, 2017 regular meeting.
Next, the Board of Education acknowledged the Student Board Member Representatives for the 2017-18 school year. They are Keerat Riar and Mackenzie Rivera.
Next, students from Yosemite Middle School shared with the board what they love about attending school including having helpful teachers as well as their job aspirations. Next, Patiño High School student and Student Board Member Representative Keerat Riar provided an update to the board about what is happening at his school including a new partnership with Bitwise Industries, hosting the school's first College Week and the school's goal to increase club participation.
The Board of Education then adopted a resolution recognizing September 15, 2017 through October 15, 2017 as Hispanic Heritage Month.
The Board of Education adopted a resolution in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Next, Superintendent Nelson provided a brief report to the Board of Education including:
The Board of Education took the following actions on the below consent agenda items:
After the consent agenda, staff members spoke to the board during the Open Communications portion of the agenda. Here is their statement:
"Good Evening President Ashjian, Board Trustees, and Superintendent Nelson.
We are here tonight as site & central office leaders - united in standing for what's most important inside and outside this Board room – our 74,000 students.
We are one district and one community. We stand behind our goals and vision of success for each and every student we are honored to serve.
We believe in respect, inclusiveness, diversity of thought, joy and in the importance of leading our district with compassion and confidence.
We stand for adherence to Board meeting protocols.
We stand for treating all employees, community, and students at the Dias with dignity and respect.
We stand for the acceptance of all students and staff independent of their background, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, immigration status, socio-economic status, or disability.
We stand for students being at the heart of all behaviors, actions and decisions.
We stand for providing our schools with leadership, stability, and direction on a daily basis to keep student achievement as our primary focus.
Our children are counting on us for civility, inclusiveness and dedication of every moment to their well-being and continued progress.
We love this district and give our hearts and souls because we believe in Fresno Unified – And we expect that our Board, our staff, and our community will continue to move the district forward in a positive, collaborative and respectful path on behalf of all our diverse students."
Next, staff made presentations to the Board in the conference/discussion section of the agenda as follows:
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education is Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Fresno Unified Education Center, located at 2309 Tulare St. in Fresno. Complete minutes and agendas are available online at https://www.fresnounified.org/sites/board