FUSD board pres­i­dent Cazares chas­tises con­tro­ver­sial trustee

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY CRES­EN­CIO RO­DRIGUEZ-DEL­GADO cdel­[email protected]­nobee.com

Fresno Uni­fied Board Pres­i­dent Clau­dia Cazares spoke out Fri­day in re­sponse to re­cent re­ported be­hav­ior from Trustee Terry Slatic.

In a state­ment, Cazares said “fear tac­tics, threats, in­tim­i­da­tion and bul­ly­ing will not be tol­er­ated.”

The com­ments came one day af­ter the school dis­trict re­leased a sec­ond in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port against Slatic, who has been at the cen­ter of con­tro­versy since his elec­tion to the board.

Re­spond­ing to Cazares’ com­ments, Slatic said “Cazares is en­ti­tled to her opin­ion. But, she is not en­ti­tled to her own facts.”

He is trav­el­ing on the East Coast un­til next week, he said.

A res­o­lu­tion cen­sur­ing Slatic is up for dis­cus­sion at the next board meet­ing.

SLATIC’S BE­HAV­IOR

Slatic has been scru­ti­nized for what in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­cluded were vi­o­la­tions of board rules in mul­ti­ple in­ci­dents since Jan­uary, start­ing with an al­ter­ca­tion with a Bullard High stu­dent in Jan­uary caught on sur­veil­lance cam­era.

Re­cently, he scolded sev­eral Bullard High cheer­lead­ers for al­legedly os­tra­ciz­ing two girls in

the pro­gram who were in­volved in a so­cial me­dia post­ing where one wore black­face and said the n-word.

Slatic had also been the fo­cus of two dis­trict-or­dered in­ves­ti­ga­tions stem­ming from in­ci­dents at the start of the year. This month the dis­trict re­leased detailed re­ports pro­duced by a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia law firm that did the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

One in­ves­ti­ga­tion looked into a con­fronta­tion Slatic had with an Army re­cruiter on the Bullard cam­pus. The sec­ond in­ves­ti­ga­tion ex­am­ined Slatic’s con­fronta­tion with Bullard wrestling coaches.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tions found Slatic vi­o­lated board rules and the re­ports showed Fresno Uni­fied Su­per­in­ten­dent Bob Nel­son had cas­ti­gated Slatic for his ac­tions in a Jan­uary let­ter. The board has al­ready voted to limit Slatic’s pres­ence at Bullard fol­low­ing out­cry from par­ents and cheer­lead­ers.

If he vis­its the cam­pus, he is re­quired to have an es­cort. At the July 18 board meet­ing, mem­bers of the pub­lic called for Slatic to re­sign. He re­fused.

TRUSTEES PRE­PAR­ING SLATIC RES­O­LU­TION

Cazares said Fri­day that a com­mit­tee of trustees has been doc­u­ment­ing Slatic’s ac­tions and pre­par­ing a res­o­lu­tion to present to the board at its next meet­ing, sched­uled for Aug. 7.

The board could vote to cen­sure Slatic at the meet­ing.

Cen­sure, ac­cord­ing to Cazares, is meant to doc­u­ment and iden­tify in­stances where pol­icy has been breached. She said it’s also meant to re­in­force the con­di­tions which a trustee is ex­pected to fol­low, like “treat­ing peo­ple with re­spect.”

Over­all, Cazares said she would like to see the board and dis­trict re­turn to nor­malcy.

Cazares added, “Our chil­dren and staff of FUSD have found their voice, and we need to lis­ten.”

Bee file pho­tos

Fresno Uni­fied Trustee Terry Slatic, left, at a re­cent school board meet­ing, came un­der fire from Board Pres­i­dent Clau­dia Cazares who is­sued a state­ment Fri­day say­ing, “Fear tac­tics, threats, in­tim­i­da­tion and bul­ly­ing will not be tol­er­ated.”

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