Fresno Unified Board Members Call For Expanded Search For New Superintendent


FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ/KFSN) — It’s unlikely the Fresno Unified School board will decide on the next superintendent following Wednesday’s round of internal interviews.

Tuesday morning, the president and several community leaders called for an expansion of the superintendent search, including external candidates.

Board president Susan Wittrup was joined by Fresno Teachers Association President Manuel Bonilla, and City Council Vice President Mike Karbassi, and Council Member Miguel Arias, asking for more transparency and to expand the search nationwide.

Now, board member Claudia Cazares is asking for a community committee to aid in the search.

Other board members say they’ve taken the search internally based on recommendation from the consulting group hired to carry out a series of community listening sessions.

The current superintendent, Bob Nelson is scheduled to leave the position in July after taking a job at Fresno State.

On Wednesday, there will be public comment at the District Education Center at 4:30 pm before the school board goes into closed session for candidate interviews.

President Wittrup has urged the public to show up and comment.