Fresno Unified to hold a special board meeting to discuss actions of trustee Terry Slatic

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Fresno Unified School District is calling a special meeting Thursday to discuss the actions of school board trustee Terry Slatic.

It comes after a controversial meeting with the Bullard High School cheer team last week. Some parents say he used intimidation to keep them from talking about a blackface incident in June. Slatic denies those accusations.

“There’s nothing I would change, there is nothing I wouldn’t say in front of my priest, my grandmother,” said Terry Slatic.

Slatic is standing by his actions, and says Superintendent Bob Nelson asked him to talk to the cheer team about one of the students being excluded after her involvement in last month’s blackface incident. Some parents say the meeting was inappropriate and he barged in and intimidated their daughters

“You wanted to go talk to the cheerleaders one on one to quiet them when they have the right to speak out about something they don’t agree with on their team, yet when it was time to work together for a solution he was nowhere to be found,” said Bullard High School parent Elisha Henderson.

Slatic’s conduct will come to a head Thursday at a special school board meeting at 5 pm at the district office.

On the agenda, the board will address whether to express official disapproval of his action in the form of official censure, a step in the direction to remove Slatic from the board. He also faces being banned from Bullard High School or require an escort on campus.

Slatic says he accepts the process but wouldn’t be in this position if the district had handled the blackface incident differently. He says there needed to be better communication between students, staff, and parents.

“Anyone who understood crisis management would have had handled this in a week if not less, and this has been allowed to go on for months and this is absolutely on Bob to hold his staff accountable on,” said Slatic.

“If he felt that way, where was he? That’s my question. If we were meeting with an administration that Monday, all the follow-up meetings after that, at the press conference he was nowhere to be found they did not feel supported by him,” said Henderson.

Superintendent Bob Nelson isn’t able to make Thursday’s meeting but can choose to join on speakerphone.

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