Fairfield-Suisun school district agenda: Measure J contracts, 2017-18 budget update – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Several large construction contracts, some of them related to Measure J, and an update on Gov. Jerry Brown’s “May revise” state budget are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

The seven-member governing board is expected to approve a $131,000 contract, funded by Measure J, with All Commercial Fence, a Waterford-based firm in Stanislaus County, for a fencing project at Green Valley Middle School.

But trustees will reject a $317,000 bid, because it was the only one, to refurbish Armijo High lockers, and re-bid the project, also funded by Measure J, at an unspecified date.

Measure J was the $249 million school bond measure passed by voters in June 2016, to upgrade aging schools in the sprawling district, the largest in Solano County, with more than 21,000 students across more than two dozen campuses.

 

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school district agenda: Measure J contracts, 2017-18 budget update

Wood stadium contract, hikes in meal prices up for discussion at Vacaville Unified meeting – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The contract for building the new Wood High athletics stadium, slight increases in school meals for the 2017-18 year, and suicide prevention presentation are on the agenda when Vacaville Unified leaders meet tonight.

As expected, the governing board will likely approve a contract with Alten Construction, a Richmond-based firm, to build the long-awaited athletics stadium at Wood High. The contract is not to exceed $13,950,000, a little more than $1 million more than previously projected by Dan Banowetz, the director of facilities.

There was no explanation in agenda documents about why the contract increased from a previously announced figure of $12.8 million. The contact signing will come exactly one week after school and district officials held a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony at the Marshall Road campus.

Source: Wood stadium contract, hikes in meal prices up for discussion at Vacaville Unified meeting

Trustees OK guidelines for no-hard-bid school construction contracts – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Guidelines to evaluate contractors participating in new no-hard-bid construction contracts won Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees’ unanimous approval Thursday.

The school district plans to create a pool of qualified contractors and solicit proposals for certain projects.

Among requirements is that contractors maintain a full-service office within 100 miles of the school district and have completed five lease-leaseback projects during the past seven years.

No-hard-bid contracts will allow the district to be better able to “determine the final pricing upfront, avoiding uncertainty of change orders while also guaranteeing, upfront, the quality of the contractor’s performance of work,” a school district staff report said.

Source: Trustees OK guidelines for no-hard-bid school construction contracts

Fairfield-Suisun district eyes guidelines for contractors on no-bid school contracts – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Guidelines to evaluate contractors participating in new no-bid construction contracts go before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees when they meet Thursday.

The school district plans to create a pool of qualified contractors and solicit proposals for certain projects.

Among requirements is that contractors maintain a full-service office within 100 miles of the school district and have completed five lease-leaseback projects during the past seven years.

No-bid contracts will allow the district to be better able to “determine the final pricing upfront, avoiding uncertainty of change orders while also guaranteeing, upfront, the quality of the contractor’s performance of work,” a school district staff report said.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun district eyes guidelines for contractors on no-bid school contracts

Frazier bill on recognizing abusive relationships goes before FSUSD trustees – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Legislation proposed by Assemblyman Jim Frazier – and suggested by a Vacaville resident – to require public schools to provide education for students to recognize abusive relationships should win Fairfield-Suisun School District support, the superintendent says.

Trustees for the school district meeting Thursday will consider a resolution backing Assembly Bill 643. Superintendent Kris Corey recommends approval of the resolution.

Frazier, D-Discovery Bay, has said the bill would teach students about healthy teen dating.

Source: Frazier bill on recognizing abusive relationships goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees

Pact for services to migrant students goes to Fairfield-Suisun trustees – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A $24,731 agreement between the Butte County Office of Education and the Fairfield-Suisun School District for educational services to 88 students identified as migrants goes before school board members Thursday.

The Butte office and school district have worked together for several years to provide services to students with a parent who is a migratory worker in the agriculture, dairy, lumber or fishing industries and whose family has moved during the past three years, a school district staff report said.

Services include extended day tutoring for English. Migrant parents are told about services during Parent Advisory Council meetings.

Source: Pact for services to migrant students goes to Fairfield-Suisun trustees

School board accepts lone $1.9M bid for former Falls Elementary site – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A lone bid of $1.9 million on the former Falls Elementary School site was opened and accepted Thursday by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees.

They had agreed in February that the 10-acre site on Rockville Road should be sold for at least $1.9 million and Mariani V Partnership of Vacaville submitted that bid.

Sealed bids had to be submitted by Thursday.

Trustees called for oral bids before accepting the written proposal, but no such verbal offers were made.

Source: School board accepts lone $1.9M bid for former Falls Elementary site

Travel expenses policy can get second look, Fairfield-Suisun schools superintendent says – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Trustees can re-evaluate travel expenses policy, Fairfield-Suisun School District Superintendent Kris Corey said in answer to a board member’s question Thursday about district’s costs for travel.

Chris Wilson submitted the question in connection with $21,681 in out-of-state travel costs between January and March.

“Given our economic uncertainty, is there a plan for curtailing travel costs?” Wilson asked. “If there isn’t one, can that be explored?”Corey in her written response said trustees approved a reduction in conference and travel costs as part of the budget cuts.

Source: Travel expenses policy can get second look, Fairfield-Suisun schools superintendent says

Sealed bids for former school site go before Fairfield-Suisun trustees – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Sealed bids for the former Falls Elementary School site will be opened Thursday when Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees accept the highest written, responsive bid for the property.

Trustees will call for oral bids before accepting any written proposal.

If any responsible person offers to purchase the property for a price that exceeds the highest written proposal by at least 5 percent, that oral bid will be accepted, a district staff report notes.

Roger Merrill, president of the Green Valley Landowner Association, said at the school board’s Feb. 23 meeting that a Cordelia Fire District station has been at the property on Rockville Road for 45 years. Emergency response times would increase sharply if the station cannot continue at the site because of the property sale, he said.

Source: Sealed bids for former school site go before Fairfield-Suisun trustees

Q1 out-of-state travel costs for Fairfield-Suisun exceed $21,000 – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Out-of-state travel costs for the Fairfield-Suisun School District totaled $21,681 during the first three months of 2017, says a report by Superintendent Kris Corey that goes before trustees Thursday.

Teacher recruitment trips to Kutztown and Millersville universities in Pennsylvania, along with travel to the Maryland Metropolitan Education Expo in College Park, Maryland, cost $9,105.

Travel to the Grand Valley State University out-of-state teacher fair March 6-7 in Allendale, Michigan, cost $3,258. Three members of the Human Resources Department attended. Their costs included $1,300 in airfare, $528 for food and $750 for lodging.

Source: Q1 out-of-state travel costs for Fairfield-Suisun exceed $21,000

Fairfield-Suisun School District OKs no-bid contracts – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

No-bid contracts have won approval by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees, ending a requirement that all construction costing more than $40,000 go out to bid.

Design-build and lease-leaseback, the two alternatives to the traditional lowest-bid contracts, were approved March 30 after a presentation by Philip Henderson, an attorney for the school district.

Design-build is great for new construction and can work on modernizing schools, Henderson said.

The method allows school districts to evaluate more than price and consider past experience of contractors, the attorney said.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun School District OKs no-bid contracts

Long Beach, Reno and Maryland hotel stays get school board’s OK – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Lodging costs – including $5,058 for seven Fairfield-Suisun School District administrators to attend a conference in Long Beach – won approval Thursday by district’s board of trustees.

The California Association of School Business Administrators conference will occur April 12-15. The board approved the lodging costs – part of warrants on the board agenda – without comment.

Molly McGee Hewitt, chief executive officer of the Sacramento-based California Association of School Business Officials, said in an email Friday that the Long Beach conference provides two general sessions, more than 147 workshops and an economic summit featuring two noted economists.

Source: Long Beach, Reno and Maryland hotel stays get school board’s OK

Self-study of Public Safety Academy gets school board approval – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A self-study of the Public Safety Academy stating the school that opened in 2012 has a higher attendance rate than other schools in the Fairfield-Suisun School District, few suspensions and “is doing very well,” won approval Thursday by district trustees.

The study is part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation.

Former Fairfield Police Chief Walt Tibbet, former Suisun City Police Chief Ed Dadisho and retired school district Superintendent Jacki Cottingim-Dias originally conceived the Public Safety Academy program, the report states.

Source: Self-study of Public Safety Academy gets school board approval

Increased meal prices, large construction contracts on Fairfield-Suisun agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Increased breakfast and lunch prices at middle schools and high schools, contracts for parking lot, field and portable classroom expansion at two schools, and reviews of Title 1 (federal funding) programs at two schools are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet tonight.

Trustees are expected to approve the meal price increases, effective July 1, that call for breakfast prices to rise from $1.50 to $1.75 and lunch prices to rise from $3 to $3.25 at the district’s secondary schools. Breakfasts and lunches served at elementary schools will remain the same for the time being, however.

According to agenda documents, Margan Holloway, director of child nutrition services, noted U.S. Code 1760 requires schools to charge students not eligible for the free and reduced-price meal program a price that is, on average, equal to the difference between free meal reimbursement and paid meal reimbursement.

 

Source: Increased meal prices, large construction contracts on Fairfield-Suisun agenda

On Fairfield-Suisun school agenda: budget report, employee contracts – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A second interim budget report for the 2016-17 academic year and the “sunshining” of classified employee contracts are on the agenda tonight when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet.

In her presentation on the budget, Michelle Henson, chief business officer, will tell the seven-member governing board that the district will be able to pay its bills for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends June 30.

But the district will experience a projected $19 million decrease in its general fund balance, received 1.48 percent and 2.4 percent in cost-of-living adjustments for the 2017-18 and 18-19 academic years, respectively. Expenditures will near the $200 million mark, she will note.

Source: On Fairfield-Suisun school agenda: Interim budget report, ‘sunshining’ employee contracts

Trustees OK sale of former Falls Elementary School site – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

The 10-acre site of the closed Falls Elementary School on Rockville Road should be sold for at least $1.9 million, Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees decided Thursday.

Sealed bids will have to be submitted by April 13, when the school district would open them and also call for oral bids, a school district staff report said about the property sale.

Roger Merrill, president of the Green Valley Landowner Association, said a Cordelia Fire District station has been at the property for 45 years. Emergency response times would increase sharply if the station cannot continue at the site because of the property sale, he said.

Source: Trustees OK sale of former Falls Elementary School site

Falls Elementary site up for sale, $1.9M eyed – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

The 10-acre site of the closed Falls Elementary School on Rockville Road may be sold for at least $1.9 million if Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees go along Thursday with a staff recommendation.

Sealed bids would have to be submitted by April 13, when the school district would open them and also call for oral bids, a school district staff report said.

Falls Elementary closed in 1998 when the school district opened Nelda Mundy Elementary.

A community advisory committee was selected in 2010 to evaluate the property and recommend its use or disposition, the staff report said.

Source: Falls Elementary site up for sale, $1.9M eyed

Fairfield-Suisun district trustees approve ‘safe haven’ resolution – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

It was “recognition night” Thursday at the Fairfield-Suisun Unified governing board meeting, with more than a dozen teachers and one in particular named as their respective schools’ Teachers of the Year and district Teacher of the Year.

But item 14A on the trustee agenda, a resolution to designate the K-12 district as a “safe haven” for all of its 21,700 students, was a recognition, too, as several speakers testified before the trustee vote: that each child — regardless of their immigration status, race or ethnicity, sex or gender identity, rich or poor, religious or ideological beliefs — deserves a safe and welcoming environment when they attend school.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun district trustees approve ‘safe haven’ resolution

Boundary change for Fairfield schools gets board OK – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A boundary change that assigns children of families in Bridgeport Ranch to Cordelia Hills Elementary starting next school year won approval Thursday by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees.

Approval came after requests by two residents to postpone the vote until residents could be consulted about the change.

Hugo Martinez said he learned two days ago about the proposal and until then did not know about the recommended boundary change. Ana Petero said she is on the board for the homeowners association and that the association wasn’t asked about the matter.

The proposed boundary change would not affect children now enrolled in the affected schools.

Source: Boundary change for Fairfield schools gets board OK

Board backs $15,116 in hotel costs for Fairfield-Suisun schools staff – The Reporter

By Ryan McCarthy

Hotel stays costing a total of $15,116 were approved Thursday by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees.

Lodging includes school district employees attending the California School Nutrition Association conference in Monterey, the California Association for 
Health, Physical Education, 
Recreation and Dance conference in San Diego and the Educating for Careers conference in Sacramento.

Other lodging includes an administrator, recruiting teachers for the Fairfield-Suisun School District, staying in Nashville, Tennessee. A hotel for a district employee attending the California State Athletic Directors Conference in Nevada was also among the lodging.

Source: Board backs $15,116 in hotel costs for Fairfield-Suisun schools staff