Fresno Unified board continues the infighting

Even the day after the election, nothing seems to have changed at Fresno Unified School District trustee meetings. The trustees battled Wednesday night over selecting a McLane area trustee to replace Tony Vang, who was forced to resign after it was revealed he did not live in the district.

The board eventually named Christopher De La Cerda to the seat. He will be sworn in on Nov. 14, and serve until 2014. He is a former teacher and the father of three. As The Bee’s Barbara Anderson reported, the trustees fought over whether to make an appointment or call a special election, which would have cost about $125,000.

The issue broke along the typical political lines for the board. Trustees Larry Moore and Michelle Asadoorian wanted a special election, while the board majority favored the appointment. “In the end, Moore nominated De La Cerda and voted for him. Asadoorian was the lone dissenting vote,” Anderson reported in her story.

The meeting came a day after the election in which trustees supporting Superintendent Michael Hanson were re-elected. That election was considered a referendum on Hanson’s tenure as the district’s top administrator.

After the meeting, De La Cerda said his goal is to communicate and collaborate with the other board members. Good luck in that atmosphere.