The Fresno Unified School Board voted 5-1 in favor of reprimanding Trustee Terry Slatic for his monologue closing a recent school committee meeting and his use of the district letterhead to send a press release, both of which were violations of the board’s bylaws.
Unlike the first vote of no confidence in August 2019, Slatic voted against this time. Two years ago he abstained.
The trustees put together the new declaration of no confidence after Slatic refused to quit during the board chairman’s comment on the school committee meeting on August 25. Slatic claimed he was forced to ask questions during the meeting because his time to speak directly to Superintendent Bob Nelson was severely limited.
Days later, Slatic sent a letterhead press release on board urging the Fresno District Attorney’s Public Integrity Department to investigate Nelson and Trustees for alleged education law violations involving the transfer of students with violent behavior . Using board of directors’ letterheads is against the board’s bylaws, other trustees said.
“Hypocritically” accuses Slatic of disrupting the meeting
A handful of Slatic’s defense lawyers waited several hours for the censure resolution agenda to be heard by the trustees, then accused the county of wasting money on investigating Slatic. They said he was the only trustee focused on improving student performance in the district that is at the bottom of the country’s major metropolitan areas.
The discussion about the resolution of the vote of no confidence was marked by several outbursts of listeners, at least one of whom had made a threat, prompting the Fresno police officer overseeing the meeting to escort him out of the room.
Slatic’s defenders included Andy Fabela, a Fresno High area resident who was a regular board critic. Slatic’s attempts to get Fabela on a civic bond oversight committee and on Wednesday’s renaming committee for new schools in the district have been repeatedly rejected by the rest of the school committee.
Fabela, finding that Slatic was accused of disrupting the August 25 school committee meeting by refusing to speak even after being taken out of service and his microphone turned off, played a tape from an earlier meeting, in which the board chairman Valerie Davis, then a trustee, continued to vocalize the then board chairman Chrisopher De La Cerda.
“Hypocritical,” remarked Fabela, adding, “You are as prejudiced against him (Slatic) as you can be.”
The new censorship resolution prevents Slatic from visiting a district campus without an escort from the superintendent’s office. Slatic had tried to change the resolution to allow a school principal to escort, but several trustees said they were careful about enabling school officials to escort him.
When Davis started asking the board if they were ready to vote on the motion of censure, Slatic asked if it was his turn.
“Oh, did you want?” She asked.
Slatic then joked that the motion of censure, which also lists incidents cited in the original August 2019 declaration of no confidence, ignored the three calls for deliberate roughness he made as a high school football player.
Incidents that led to the first conviction included catching a Bullard student, confronting an army recruiter and Bullard trainer, scolding Bullard cheerleaders, and telling a pastor, “You must get back to your barrio and.” Pastor your little church. “
Spending $ 250,000 on attorneys and investigators over the past three years to review the allegations made against him has been an expensive way for his trustees to say they don’t like him, Slatic said.
But he said he’s not going anywhere and will keep asking Nelson why the majority of Fresno Unified students don’t read and do math at grade level – and what it takes to get them there.
Although the self-proclaimed Aug. 25 filibuster was a major factor in the recent conviction, Slatic has shown that he is still willing to interrupt and speak to the other trustees who have the floor, as he did with Trustees at the end of the year Veva Islas did the meeting during the board-superintendent communication.