Title shift for abandoned right of way gets Fairfield-Suisun district OK – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Accepting title from Suisun City to an abandoned right of way needed for a new building at Fairview Elementary School won approval Thursday from Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees.

A survey during design and development for a new administration and kindergarten building at the school on First Street in Fairfield identified the waterline right of way in the area best suited for the new building, a school district staff report said.

Because the waterline associated with the right of way was believed to be abandoned, the district asked the Suisun-Solano Water Authority to investigate, the report said.

Suisun City Council members at their Jan. 16 meeting, acting as the water authority, passed a resolution relinquishing the city’s interest in the waterline easement to the school district and allowing removal of the easement.

Source: Title shift for abandoned right of way gets Fairfield-Suisun district OK

Some Solano govt. offices shut down for holiday – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Some government offices and schools will be open Monday while others will close to observe the federal holiday.

Solano County offices and the courts are closed Monday in observance of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and again Feb. 19 in observance of George Washington’s birthday.

Schools in the Fairfield-Suisun School District are closed both Mondays. Schools in the Vacaville School District are open Monday but will close Feb. 19-23 to observe Presidents Week. Schools in Vallejo are open Monday but closed Feb. 19. Schools in Dixon will be closed Friday and again Feb. 19 to observe the Presidents Day holiday. Schools in Benicia are closed both Monday and Feb. 19.

Source: Some Solano govt. office shut down for holiday

SELPA seeks nominations for community recognition awards – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Do you know someone who does the extraordinary in their service to students with disabilities?

SELPA Community Advisory Committee members are seeking nominations for their 12th annual Recognition Awards event.

Nominations, due Feb. 16, may be submitted online at www.solanocountyselpa.net.

The CAC awards are given to educators, youth, and community members for outstanding service “who go above and beyond in service of students with disabilities,” Kanani Cherry, SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area) coordinator for Solano County, noted in a press release issued Wednesday.

Award recipients come from each school district within the local plan area, unified school districts in Vacaville, Dixon, Fairfield, and the Solano County Office of Education.

Source: SELPA seeks nominations for community recognition awards

Fairfield-Suisun USD to discuss 2018-19 budget priorities – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A discussion of 2018-19 budget priorities will be among the more significant items of an otherwise relatively light agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Michelle Henson, assistant superintendent of business services, will lead the discussion, which will be based on Gov. Jerry Brown’s $190 billion 2018-19 state budget proposal, released in January and due for revision in May.

Her presentation, casting an eye on the impact of the state’s numbers on the district’s, will come two weeks after she led a budget presentation at the trustees’ Jan. 25 meeting.

Specifically, Henson will note that projected average daily attendance (ADA) funding for the coming year will be about $9,450 for each of the district’s estimated 20,550 students, yielding some $194 million in state funding under Brown’s landmark Local Control Funding Formula. Additionally, she will tell the seven-member governing board, one-time discretionary funds from the current year will account for some $6 million in additional funds spent on students.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District to discuss 2018-19 budget priorities

4 Armijo athletes ink college letters of intent – Daily Republic

By Paul Farmer

Nadiah Martinez of the Armijo HIgh girls soccer team battled older sister Jazmine Carranza, who played for Rodriguez, for two years, but starting next fall they’ll be college teammates.

In a lunchtime National Letter of Intent signing ceremony at Armijo’s E. Gary Vaughn Gymnasium, Martinez and teammates Mikeila Martinez and Abby Wolf, along with Jesse Mercado of the Indians football team, in committing to whom they’ll play for in college.

Nadiah Martinez, no relation to Mikeila, signed to play for Chico State, for whom Carranza started at defender as a freshman for the Wildcats last fall.

Martinez said she chose Chico State because “I went to a few camps there and I fell in love with the campus. It’s a very green campus. That’s what I love.”

Source: 4 Armijo athletes ink college letters of intent

Fairfield Women in Action donate to adult school – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Elizabeth Kolakowski from the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School accepted a check for $500 for a scholarship given to the school during the January meeting of Fairfield Women in Action.

Kolakowski explained that so many students are truly in need of financial assistance in order to take the classes needed to secure a better job through education. The money provided by the women over the years has been used to help many students achieve their goals.

Fairfield Women in Action has been recognized by the Fairfield-Suisun School District administration for the many years of scholarships provided.

Source: Good News: Fairfield Women in Action donate to adult school

Committee seeks nominations for those who serve Solano students with disabilities – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Nominations are being accepted for the 12th annual Community Advisory Committee Recognition Awards, recognition given to people who have gone “above and beyond” in their service of students with disabilities.

Awards are presented to educators, youth and community members. Recipients are from each school district within the Solano County Special Education Local Plan Area: Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Travis and Vacaville, as well as the Solano County Office of Education.

Additionally, a student and representative from a community organization who have demonstrated dedication to supporting people with special needs will be honored.

Source: Committee seeks nominations for those who serve Solano students with disabilities

Fairview Elementary project requires end to century-old Suisun City right of way – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Title from Suisun City to an abandoned right of way needed for a new building at Fairview Elementary School goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Thursday.

A survey during design and development for a new administration and kindergarten building at the school on First Street in Fairfield identified the waterline right of way in the area best suited for the new building, a school district staff report said.

Because the waterline associated with the right of way was believed to be abandoned, the district asked the Suisun-Solano Water Authority to investigate, the report said.

Source: Fairview Elementary project requires end to century-old Suisun City right of way

Students Connect with Local Companies at Inspire – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

Over 800 high school sophomores. Nearly 30 local companies. Over 25 buses. 9 high schools. 7 organizational community partners. 3 keynote speakers. One amazing opportunity to explore future career paths!

February 2nd is not only Groundhog Day, it is National Job Shadow Day, but moving forward, high school students in Solano County may start to think of it as Inspire Day.

Inspire: Dreams Move Forward is the second leg of a program that began three years ago with the Inspire: Dreams Start Now event for 8th grade students and will eventually include a component for high school seniors. The goal of the Inspire program is to connect Solano County’s workforce pipeline with the dreams and aspirations of K-12 students in the local area.

Source: Students Connect with Local Companies at Inspire: Dreams Move Forward

Salute to Youth concert a send-off for music teacher Ron Thorpe – Daily Republic

By Tony Wade

Solano Symphony’s Salute to Youth concert will serve as both an opportunity for the public to experience up-and-coming Solano County musicians and as a swan song for longtime organizer and retired music teacher Ron Thorpe.

Thorpe began organizing the annual event about seven years ago and feels it’s time to move on.

The Salute to Youth concert is an exhibition performance and the culmination of a musical competition.

“Last November, Solano County students from ages 12 to 21 had an opportunity to display their musical talents in front of a three-judge panel,” Thorpe said. “The categories were vocal, piano, strings and wind instrument. They memorized a concerto that could be played along with the symphony. The four that were chosen have been working very hard and will rehearse with the symphony and then perform for the public.”

Source: Salute to Youth concert a send-off for music teacher Ron Thorpe

Fairfield-Suisun USD breaks ground on new gym, library at Public Safety Academy – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Shovels in hand, white hard hats atop their heads, school and district leaders, elected officials and others tossed small amounts of soil Tuesday to symbolize groundbreaking for the new library and gymnasium at the Fairfield-Suisun Public Safety Academy, $19.4 million in building projects that will be ready to open in December.

In opening remarks before the groundbreaking ceremony, Superintendent Kris Corey, speaking as the sun set behind her, just yards away from the 2-story library site, acknowledged the project “will affect the neighborhood,” which includes homes along Larkspur Lane, Orchid Street and Atlantic.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District breaks ground on new gym, library at Public Safety Academy

Fourth-graders at Dan O. Root Academy show off at Invention Convention – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

They are pint-sized versions of Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin and Lyda D. Newman, inventors all, of the incandescent light bulb, bifocals, and the improved modern hair brush, respectively.

They also possessed several traits common to successful inventors four and five times their age, not necessarily genius but, chief among them, persistence in the face of repeated failure, what Edison called “1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”

As they showed off their inventions Tuesday at the Dan O. Root Health and Wellness Academy, where the Suisun City campus held its first Invention Convention, fourth-graders in three classes proudly explained their projects in the multipurpose room.

Source: Fourth-graders at Dan O. Root Academy show off at Invention Convention

Fairfield-Suisun board OK’s hotel costs for district staff – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Lodging costs of more than $2,000 in December, including stays at hotels in Oakland and Sonoma County, won approval Thursday by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees.

Trustee Chris Wilson asked – in written questions by school board members – why the school district after reducing travel was paying for stays at the Doubletree Sonoma, the Doubletree Mission Valley and the Hilton Los Angeles-Universal City.

Two teachers and an administrator stayed at the Doubletree Sonoma to attend the California Consortium for Independent Study. Lodging cost $354 for the three to share two rooms for a night, the school district response said.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun board OK’s hotel costs for district staff

Corey attends Superintendent’s Symposium in Monterey – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Kris Corey, superintendent of the Fairfield-Suisun School District, attended the Superintendent’s Symposium from Jan. 24-26 at the Monterey Convention Center.

The website for the Association of California School Administrators, which held the event, said the conference brings school leaders from around the state professional learning, networking and advocacy.

“It is time for superintendents to lead a movement to restore California schools to their once-held rank of the best in the nation,” the website said.

Source: Corey attends Superintendent’s Symposium in Monterey

Fairfield-Suisun trustees support more money for California schools – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

State spending on public schools doesn’t match California’s wealth, ambitions, demographics or demands of a 21st century education, says a resolution that Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees approved Thursday.

“This is so very necessary,” said David Isom, the board of trustees president.

The resolution states that “Despite its vast wealth, California has consistently underfunded public education while widening its scope, adding new requirements and raising standards without providing appropriate resources to prepare all students for college, career and civil life.”

Source: Fairfield-Suisun trustees support more money for California schools

Fairfield Unified School District to discuss wage pacts – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Four public hearings about tentative employee wage-and-benefit contracts (followed by the their likely approval), a resolution calling for “full and fair” funding of California public schools, and Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2018-19 state budget proposal are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet Thursday night in Fairfield.

The four public hearings pertain to a 1 percent wage hike for the 2017-18 year, retroactive to July 1, for the following bargaining units:

• Members the California Schools Employees Association Chapter 302’s support and operations unit, which represents some of the district’s classified employees (bus driver, custodians, cafeteria, etc.).

Source: Fairfield Unified School District to discuss wage pacts

School board group says up to $40B more needed annually – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

State spending on public schools doesn’t match California’s wealth, ambitions, demographics or demands of a 21st century education, says a resolution that goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Thursday.

“Despite its vast wealth, California has consistently underfunded public education while widening its scope, adding new requirements and raising standards without providing appropriate resources to prepare all students for college, career and civil life,” according to the resolution.

Kris Corey, superintendent of the Fairfield-Suisun School District, said in a report to trustees that “California has the world’s sixth-largest economy and the highest gross domestic product of any state.”

Source: School board group says up to $40B more needed annually for quality education

Teachers find new work at career fair – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

For those looking for a new job in education or to become a first-time teacher the opportunity to put their best foot forward came Saturday with the annual Fairfield-Suisun School District Winter Career Fair.

The school district has 55 job openings for teachers that need to be filled. There are also jobs available in maintenance, transportation, the adult school and with partners Touro University, according to Cheryl Jones, the district’s assistant director of human resources.

The district has a huge need for math and science teachers who have certification or are working toward the end of their academics and getting ready to go out into the workforce.

Jones has worked out a plan for hiring for the school year, which will include multiple fairs through May.

Source: Teachers find new work at career fair

Board backs $19M in work for Public Safety Academy – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A plan that calls for $19 million in spending for a new library, gym and locker buildings at the Public Safety Academy won support Thursday from Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees.

School district staff had recommended approval for the agreement between the district and Landmark Construction in Placer County.

The Public Safety Academy opened in 2012 and has a higher attendance rate than other schools in the Fairfield-Suisun School District, few suspensions and “is doing very well,” according to a self-study for its accreditation.

Source: Board backs $19M in work for Public Safety Academy

Trustees OK pay raises for Fairfield-Suisun School District teachers – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A contract that grants teachers a 2 percent pay raise for the previous school year and a 1 percent raise this year won approval Thursday from Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees.

The agreement between the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association and the school district covers July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2019.

Robert Martinez, assistant superintendent, and Stephanie Cobb of the teachers association signed the contract Dec. 1.

Source: Trustees OK pay raises for Fairfield-Suisun School District teachers