The Fresno Unified school board is considering hiring an interim superintendent, meaning current leader Michael Hanson could be out sooner than expected.
While Hanson announced last month his intention to resign, he said he would stay at the helm until August “to ensure minimal disruption in the operation of Fresno Unified.” But an amendment made to the agenda of a special meeting planned for Thursday said the board would consider appointing an interim superintendent.
The amendment, made Wednesday, came after the Fresno Teachers Association earlier this month called for the board to oust Hanson as soon as possible, instead of allowing him to stay until summer.
Thursday’s closed-door meeting will be the third that the school board has called in the past month, all of which have been held to discuss “discipline, dismissal, release, reassignment or resignation” of an employee and related anticipated litigation.
While trustees have stayed quiet about the purpose of the meetings, citing personnel laws, Hanson was seen attending the last session alongside attorney Oliver Wanger, a former federal judge.
Hanson left Wednesday’s regular school board meeting early, and an official said he was ill.
Thursday’s meeting will be held at district headquarters on Tulare Street at 5:30 p.m.
New complaint coming
Also at Wednesday’s meeting, an attorney who works for Fresno Watchdogs for Ethical Bidding announced his intention to file another complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission against school board president Brooke Ashjian.
Kenneth Mackie, a Merced-based attorney who won’t identify the individuals behind the watchdog group, filed a complaint with the FPPC in November alleging that Ashjian wrongly voted on Fresno Unified contracts made with businesses that he has a financial interest in.
On Wednesday, Mackie said he has more claims that Ashjian failed to disclose his conflicts of interest in district construction contracts worth nearly $15 million.
“This is a necessary first step to initiate civil and/or criminal proceedings against Ashjian,” Mackie said.
Ashjian has denied the allegations, and on Wednesday posted to Twitter about the matter: “The dogs bark but the caravan moves on.”