Fresno Unified Trustee determined to serve, despite upcoming censure vote

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Following months of controversy, the Fresno Unified School Board will consider censuring Trustee Terry Slatic on Wednesday.

He’s been under fire for a scuffle with a student and the way he reportedly addressed cheerleaders and two employees.

In recent weeks, the district released two investigations detailing employees who claim Slatic spoke to them in a ”threatening” manner. Slatic called them ”unsubstantiated allegations.”

Slatic was elected to the board in November of 2018, he campaigned on transparency and accountability. He says in the past few months, he’s already uncovered troubling statistics.

“Everything that I keep doing, lifting up rocks and looking for the ugly things that everybody should be talking about, but they’re not,” Slatic said. “But I know we’ll be talking about them soon. The lack of grade level aptitude for the students, the number of students that are graduating with below 2.0 GPA’s, the giant percentage of kids that are being socially promoted with virtually 0.0 GPAs in 7th and 8th grade.”

He says regardless of Wednesday’s vote, he’s determined to continue his campaign promise.

The school board agenda states the following:

“On July 18, 2019, the Board held a special meeting to discuss recent conduct of Trustee Slatic. Following extensive public comment and Board discussion, the Board voted to disapprove of the Trustee’s conduct and refer the matter to an ad hoc committee to prepare a censure resolution. At this time the Board will hold a public hearing to consider evidence from Board members and the public related to the proposed censure resolution. The Board President recommends to consider adoption.”

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