Fresno Unified Superintendent Hanson gets contract extension

The Fresno BeeDecember 11, 2013 

Michael Hanson

Fresno Unified School District Superintendent Michael Hanson will get an extra year tacked onto his four-year contract after getting a positive review by the school board on Wednesday.

"It's a pleasure to be superintendent leading the work across the city," Hanson said at the board meeting. "I want to say to the full board, thank you for all your help and support."

Hanson, whose contract was set to expire in 2017, will get another year on the job as a perk for getting high marks from six out of the seven school board members on his annual review.

Trustee Michelle Asadoorian was the lone vote against Hanson's positive evaluation. She said later that based on Fresno Unified's most recent test scores, she doesn't believe the district is any better off this year than it was last year.

Others had glowing remarks for Hanson, who has been in charge of the district for more than eight years.

"Thank you to Mike for the years of service and all the ones we hope will come in the future," said trustee Janet Ryan.

In other business, the board re-elected its current leadership -- President Valerie Davis and Clerk Cal Johnson -- to their positions. The board voted 6-1, with Asadoorian abstaining, during both elections. Both trustees will serve one-year terms.

It also signed off on a plan with Clinica Sierra Vista to build a health clinic at the new Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School.

Fresno Unified already has $277,000 from the federal government to help stock the clinic with supplies and purchase equipment like blood pressure machines and exam tables.

Wednesday's plan allows the district to work with Clinica Sierra Vista, which will staff the clinic with doctors and other health professionals.

Kids up to age 19 can use the clinic, which will be open Monday through Friday. Kids will have access to most services including physicals and immunizations.

Trustee Carol Mills said there are still unanswered questions, like whether few bus lines near Gaston Middle will limit access for certain families.

Clinic officials said they may offer "telehealth" visits, or online appointments for patients without accessible transportation, at some point.

The health center is expected to open by August.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6412, or @hannahfurfaro on Twitter.

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