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Fresno Trustees Discuss Interim Superintendent Decision. When Will They Decide?
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By Nancy Price, Multimedia Journalist
Published 4 weeks ago on
May 1, 2024

Fresno Unified trustees will hold another special meeting at 5 p.m. Friday to continue the discussion. (GV Wire Composite)

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After nearly two hours of discussions behind closed doors Wednesday morning, the Fresno Unified School Board emerged to announce that no decision has been made on naming an interim superintendent.

The board will hold another special meeting at 5 p.m. Friday to continue the discussion.

Board President Susan Wittrup told GV Wire after the meeting ended that the trustees are “making good progress.”

It’s unusual for the trustees to schedule back-to-back special meetings, especially a morning meeting like Wednesday’s. The regular board meetings are usually held in the evening to accommodate public participation.

No members of the public spoke at Wednesday’s meeting.

Seeking Interim Superintendent

The School Board is in the process of determining how to proceed with the search for a new superindent to replace Bob Nelson, who is leaving July 31 for a faculty job at Fresno State.

When the district announced Nelson’s resignation in January, the news release said Deputy Superintendent Misty Her was “anticipated” to be named interim superintendent if the search process was still underway.

Her was reported to have an inside track on replacing Nelson as superintendent when a board majority agreed in March to initially interview only internal candidates.

After public outcry continued to grow over the decision to limit the candidate interviews, the board voted 5-2 at the beginning of the April 3 meeting not to conduct the scheduled interviews. They’ve been discussing since how to proceed with the superintendent’s search since then.

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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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