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Why Is Fresno Unified Holding a Rare Wednesday Morning Special Meeting?
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By Nancy Price, Multimedia Journalist
Published 1 month ago on
April 30, 2024

Fresno Unified trustees are holding a special meeting Wednesday morning. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

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The Fresno Unified School Board has scheduled a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to discuss appointing an interim superintendent.

It will be a rare morning board meeting for the trustees, who typically meet in the evenings to accommodate public participation.

The district had said in a January news release announcing the resignation of Superintendent Bob Nelson that Deputy Superintendent Misty Her was “anticipated” to serve as interim superintendent if the School Board has not selected Nelson’s successor by July 31.

Nelson is leaving the district to take a faculty job at Fresno State.

Her was said to have had an inside track on being appointed superintendent after a board majority agreed in March in closed session to conduct interviews initially of only internal candidates. After public outcry, the board voted 5-2 in open session at an April 3 special meeting to cancel the scheduled candidate interviews.

Wednesday’s meeting will be held in the Education Center at M and Tulare streets in downtown Fresno and will begin with providing the public the opportunity to comment on the agenda item before the trustees go into closed session. The trustees are tentatively scheduled to conclude the closed session by 10:30 a.m. and return to the open session, where they will announce any action taken during the closed session.

Trustee Elizabeth Jonasson Rosas will attend the meeting virtually.

After Monday night’s facilities workshop, the trustees went into closed session and then reemerged at 9 p.m. Board President Susan Wittrup reported that the board was “developing a plan for the selection of an interim superintendent and will have a status report early next month.”

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Nancy Price,
Multimedia Journalist
Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email

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