Memo to Fresno Unified School District Employees

Fresno, CA, USA September 29, 2008

Dear Fresno Unified Employees:

In recent days we have had significant and continuing press coverage of a number of specific incidents involving staff members from our district.

It is understandable that in a district our size with more than 10,000 employees and 73,000 students that we would have a number of things brewing at any given time.

However, I need to remind you that our community relies on us to be leaders, and to set the example for our students, families and community. We must continue to be a shining example of professionalism for those we serve. I expect it, our Board of Education expects it and clearly our community should and does expect it as well.

For some in our community, a few incidents define us all. In visiting your classrooms, sites and departments, I know the talent and dedication you bring every day to this difficult work. This is your encouragement to continue to keep your chin high and your shoulders back as a staff and/or faculty member of the Fresno Unified School District. As a colleague in our great district, please always be on the look out to help others exercise sound judgment and decision making. We are ambassadors of our community and the decisions that we make and judgments that we exercise can have long standing impact on the community that we serve.

We must all do better in helping our colleagues understand this. Together as a team, we can be proud of our work and can demonstrate through our actions to our community the core beliefs and commitments that our Board has adopted for us all.

Let's stay focused on the big student achievement gains from this past school year and the improvements that we are trying to achieve together. Our engaged students will ultimately speak louder than a few recent news reports. Enjoy your new week!


Michael E. Hanson
Fresno Unified School District


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