Fresno Unified board to select new leadership

The Fresno BeeDecember 3, 2013 

Fresno Unified's school board will vote in new leadership at its meeting next week, picking a president and clerk to oversee its operations for the next year.

The seven-member board will take nominations for both positions at its meeting: trustees can nominate themselves or other members of the board to the year-long posts. The president is responsible for leading meetings and selecting agenda items. The clerk takes minutes during closed sessions.

President Valerie Davis and Clerk Cal Johnson said they're not sure whether they'll seek another term.

"If someone nominates me I would do that," said Johnson, who represents the Edison High area. "I'm not going to put myself out there to say this is what I want to do."

Trustees Christopher De La Cerda, Michelle Asadoorian and Janet Ryan said they don't plan to run for either position.

The elections are generally informal, Davis said, adding that, "it's pretty quick and easy, not as drama-ridden as you might think."

One member had a different take on the process: Asadoorian said the election outcome is "pretty much decided behind the scenes" before the board meets to formally vote. She said she'd prefer the positions rotate among the members, which is how the City Council operates.

The board's general election is next year.

Seats held by four trustees -- Davis, Johnson, Asadoorian and De La Cerda -- will be up for grabs. Johnson and De La Cerda said they plan to campaign for re-election, while Asadoorian said she's "keeping her options open at this point."

Members serve four-year terms.

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