Candidate’s forum attracts council, mayoral, school board hopefuls – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

More than a dozen candidates for local city councils, mayor duties and school board gathered Monday night for a candidates forum hosted by St. Stephen Christian-Methodist-Episcopal Church.

Each was allotted three minutes to introduce themselves, talk about their platform and answer a dedicated question.

City council

Candidates were asked how they would encourage economic development within their own cities.

Source: Candidate’s forum attracts council, mayoral, school board hopefuls

Solano teens give time, talent to food bank fundraiser – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Two members of Suisun Valley 4-H are again throwing their time and efforts to the food bank’s Empty Bowls fundraiser.

The pair, Alex Merodio and Olivia Frenkel, want to make a bigger impact this year.

Frenkel received the Soroptimist International of Central Solano County Violet Richardson award earlier this year. It honors a young woman who is making a difference in her community. She is a senior at Rodriguez High school.

Source: Solano teens give time, talent to food bank fundraiser

Strong schools are hallmark of Solano life – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

One of the great influencing factors for choosing a place to live, particularly for families with young children, is the quality of education available.

As far as Solano County is concerned, the quality of education at all levels is generally strong. Most of the schools in the Fairfield-Suisun School District, for example, are at or above statewide targets for school with a similar makeup of student bodies.

The same holds true for the school districts in Vacaville and Travis, with each of these having a particularly strong collection of elementary schools.

The Benicia district and Dixon district, each representing smaller communities, have high-performing schools throughout different levels.

Source: Solano Life 2018: Strong schools are hallmark of Solano life

Tickets on sale for Fairfield High Hall of Fame dinner – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Tickets are for the Fairfield High Athletic Hall of Fame 2018 Induction dinner and ceremony are on sale.

The event is scheduled for Sept. 29 at Paradise Valley with no-host cocktails from 5-6 p.m., dinner from 6-7 p.m. and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Eddie Wilson at ffhighathletics@gmail.com.

This year inductees are Stu Rhoads (wrestling coach), Jack Waxman (contributor), Angie Villalta (girls basketball), Shinika Parks (girls basketball), Mark Higgins (boys track), Rod Harvell (baseball), Carmen Martinez (softball) and Quinton Ganther (football, baseball).

Source: Tickets on sale for Fairfield High Hall of Fame dinner

Chamber honors FSUSD assistant superintendent with KI Jones Award – Daily Republic

By Brianna Boyd

When Sheila McCabe was put in charge of community engagement for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District four years ago, she knew from the start she had to think outside the box.

She was the first person to be hired as the executive director of administrative services and community engagement, and the school board tasked her with the responsibility of serving as a liaison between the schools and the community.

Source: Chamber honors FSUSD assistant superintendent with KI Jones Award

Cheers, construction greet Fairfield, Suisun students on first day of school – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

The students and their parents at Cordelia Hills Elementary School were greeted with cheers, applause and a lot of bubbles as they entered the school Wednesday to start the school year.

“We want to make it exciting for them on the first day,” Principal Steve Trotter said just before the gates opened to about 680 children and their families.

Maria Ramirez liked the greeting as she accompanied her grandson through the gates.

Source: Cheers, construction greet Fairfield, Suisun students on first day of school

Back-to-school fair preps children for new school year – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Children were waiting in line at 5 a.m. Saturday to get a free backpack at the Fairfield-Suisun School District Family Resource Fair at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

The line was wrapped around the building by 10 a.m.

“We couldn’t believe that they came that early,” said Elizabeth Teresi, assistant director of Student Services for the school district.

The event gave parents a chance to get a free backpack filled with school supplies and to learn about programs offered in Solano County to benefit low-income families.

Source: Back-to-school fair preps children for new school year

FSUSD Procedures in Response to Changes in Air Quality – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District schools follow specific guidelines when air quality changes. These guidelines were established in cooperation with the Solano County Public Health Department.

Staff members at each school check the “Current Conditions” section of the Air Now website (https://goo.gl/cDPN8J) and then use the following guide to determine activities. The website is checked multiple times per day if there is reason to believe that air quality is changing rapidly.

– School is in Green/Yellow zone – Outdoor activities are conducted normally.

– School is in Orange zone – Outdoor activities can happen, but should be limited. Staff keep a close eye on students who have air quality sensitivities and provide them with alternative, inside activities. School may have lunch outside, but PE should be conducted inside.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Procedures in Response to Changes in Air Quality

Former Suisun police chief pulls papers for council race – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Former Suisun City police chief Tom Alder entered the race for Suisun City council this week, pulling candidate papers on Wednesday.

Alder had last considered running for the City Council in 2010, saying he has long been a resident of the town and government experience.

He joins a field of candidates who have pulled papers to run for council that includes Thomas Kamin, Wanda Williams and incumbents Jane Day and Mike Hudson.

It’s still a two-way race between Suisun City Councilwoman Lori Wilson and incumbent Mayor Pete Sanchez for Sanchez’s seat.

Source: Former Suisun police chief pulls papers for council race

FSUSD in need of resource fair volunteers, supplies – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is seeking volunteers to assist with the annual School Resource Fair on Aug. 11 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located at 1600 Union Ave. in Fairfield.

The district is also seeking volunteers for the week of Aug. 6 to assist with backpack stuffing. Volunteers will stuff hundreds of backpacks with school supplies to be distributed on the day of the event to students in need.

Source: FSUSD in need of resource fair volunteers, supplies

Fairfield-Suisun schools to issue $80 million in bonds | Bond Buyer

By Imran Ghori

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District in Northern California plans to issue $80 million in bonds as part of its effort to modernize its campuses.

The general obligation bonds are the second series to be issued since voters in the district in Solano County, 50 miles northeast of San Francisco, approved a $249 million bond measure two years ago.

A bond-funded school construction project at the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District in California.

The school district issued $84 million in bonds that year and will have $85 million in authorized bonds remaining following this issuance.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun schools to issue $80 million in bonds | Bond Buyer

Fairfield-Suisun superintendent’s contract up for school board vote – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Trustees in the Fairfield-Suisun School District will consider a contract Thursday for the district’s top administrator that if approved will likely push her total compensation past the $300,000 mark.

Kris Corey became superintendent July 1, 2013, upon the retirement of Jacki Cottingim-Dias.

Corey had served as the assistant superintendent of educational services since July 2010. Her tenure with the district began in 1987 as a teacher. She served for seven years as principal of Foxboro Elementary in the neighboring Travis School District before returning to Fairfield-Suisun.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun superintendent’s contract up for school board vote

New superintendent contract goes before FSUSD board Thursday – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A four-year contract with Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Superintendent Kris Corey goes before the district’s governing board Thursday.

The initial base pay of $270,000 annually will increase 2 percent per year, with a satisfactory evaluation.

She will also earn 25 days of vacation annually, with pay, and receive 15 days of sick leave each year.

The district will also provide her with a $200,000 life insurance policy and contribute $14,500 annually to a tax-sheltered instrument she chooses.

Source: New superintendent contract goes before FSUSD board Thursday

Fairfield-Suisun schools safer with new defibrillators installed – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Fairfield-Suisun School District is going to help make its students a little safer over the summer by installing automated electronic defibrillators at 18 schools.

AED devices are key to curtailing deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrest.

The school district and Medic Ambulance Service Inc. held a brief press conference Monday at Armijo High School to announce the installation of the units.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun schools safer with new defibrillators installed

Scholarships given to Fairfield, Armijo students – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Eight graduating seniors from Fairfield high schools have been awarded scholarships through the Solano Community Foundation.

Alejandro Oseguera-Perez and Spenser Hilz will receive two-year scholarships totaling $5,000 each from the Fairfield High School Staff Scholarship Endowment Fund. Diana Gutierrez Sandoval, Ramee Jones, Nia Warren-McCall and Nicholas A. Kahrimanian each get one-year $2,500 scholarships from the same fund, the foundation announced Thursday.

Source: Good News: Scholarships given to Fairfield, Armijo students

Medic, Fairfield-Suisun district partner to install AEDs at school sites – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Fairfield-Suisun School District and Medic Ambulance Service Inc. are collaborating on a plan to install 18 Automated Electronic Defibrillators in 18 local schools, according to a press release.

AED devices are key to curtailing deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrest. The release states as many as 460,000 people die in the United States each year due to sudden cardiac arrest and that employing an AED within 8 to 10 minutes of such a heart attack can triple the likelihood the patient survives the experience.

The installation of these additional AEDs throughout the Fairfield‐Suisun School District is another step in the district’s continuing effort to be prepared when an emergency situation arises, said Jennifer Taylor, assistant of human resources and risk management for the school district, in a press release.

Source: Medic, Fairfield-Suisun district partner to install AEDs at school sites

Grange Middle School breaks ground on campus projects – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

By the end of next year, Grange Middle School students will no long have to eat lunch out in the heat of a late spring day or the rains of mid-January.

They will also have a modernized and larger library, a new locker room, space for an innovation lab for programs such as their robotics, and, for the adults, more parking.

That is the bottom line for the $23 million project that broke ground Thursday with students, educators, parents and local officials turning the first dirt.

Fairfield-Suisun School District Superintendent Kris Corey described the year-long project as one of the forefront projects that is being funded by the Measure J bond funds.

Source: Grange Middle School breaks ground on campus projects

Renovation work to bring whole new Sheldon school – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

By the time students walk onto the Woolner Avenue campus at Sheldon Academy for Innovative Learning after a renovation project scheduled to finish in 2019, the Sheldon Cougars will officially be done using the expression, “old school.”

Fairfield-Suisun School District officials, members of the Board of Trustees, Sheldon faculty and staff, as well as some current students took part in a celebration Wednesday to break ground for a major modernization project that will quite literally give the students a brand new school.

The estimated cost of the project is just shy of $27 million, which is available as part of the $249 million Measure J bond approved by Fairfield- and Suisun City-area voters in June 2016. The first $84 million of those bonds were sold in September 2016.

Source: Renovation work to bring whole new Sheldon school

Fairview Elementary School Begins Major Revamp – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Governing Board President, Superintendent, and site principal welcomed staff and community members to the Fairview Elementary Groundbreaking Ceremony. This event, held on June 18th, recognized the kick-off of the long anticipated renovation and modernization of one of the District’s oldest elementary schools.

The project at Fairview Elementary includes a new administration and kindergarten complex, expanded parking lot, new library, expanded playground, and complete modernization of all existing classrooms. Students will be able to collaborate and learn in their new innovative learning environments.

“We are so grateful to our taxpayers for passing Measure J,” said Kris Corey, Superintendent of Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. “Fairview Elementary is one of our oldest facilities and in desperate need of upgrades. Our Fairview students, families, and staff members will appreciate this beautiful, welcoming facility.”

Source: Press Release: Fairview Elementary School Begins Major Revamp

2018 Graduation: Fairfield High School Top Students – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Francisco Avila

Highlights: Making memories and being able to graduate. Next year: Attending Sacramento State university. Career goal: Not yet sure. In 10 years: I see myself working in 10 years.

Ashley Carver

Highlights: I joined leadership, made many friends, and discovered that I wanted to be a nurse after taking anatomy. Next year: Attend Solano Community College to become a registered nurse. Career goal: Nurse practitioner or specialize in a field of nursing. In 10 years: I see myself working and possibly going to graduate school.

Source: 2018 Graduation: Fairfield High School Top Students