Employee contract proposal on Fairfield-Suisun school agenda tonight – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A public hearing about a school-support employee union’s initial contract proposal for 2018-19, a review of an agreement with the state Migrant Education program, and an update to the working draft of the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan for the current year and through 2020 are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Chapter 302 of the California School Employees Association, which represents the district’s classified employees, submitted an initial proposal as part of the “sunshining” process related to the current contracts for the 2018-19 year. (Classified employees include bus drivers, food-service workers, maintenance crews, custodians, and the like.)

Under state law, to sunshine a contract proposal is a way to let the public know what the bargaining units will discuss during contract negotiations.

Source: Employee contract proposal on Fairfield-Suisun school agenda tonight

Fairfield-Suisun school board to review new books – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Community members are invited to sound off at the Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board meeting Thursday when trustees review proposed instructional materials.

The estimated cost for the new materials is estimated at $821,000. Lottery and Local Educational Agency Grants will be used. The new books’ topics include Photoshop, auto repair, mathematics and athletic training. The proposed materials have been on view at the Suisun City Library. The list was publicized through social media and the district website.

Board members will open the meeting at 5 p.m. followed by closed session. The meeting is at 2490 Hilborn Road.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school board to review new books

District board to consider $7.8M work at Dan O. Root campus – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Members of the Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board will consider a raft of projects Thursday to update one of the district’s campuses.

Board members will be asked to approve a lease-leaseback agreement between the district and Landmark Constructions for $7.8 million to expand food prep facilities, administration renovations and campus-wide HVAC and fire alarm upgrades at the Dan O. Root Health & Wellness Academy.

New play areas and a shade structure will also be constructed as a part of this project.

Source: District board to consider $7.8M work at Dan O. Root campus

FSUSD agenda: Low-bid roofing contract and reductions – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A roofing bid and the reduction of certain classified, or school-support, jobs are on the agenda when the Fairfield-Suisun Unified governing board meets Thursday in Fairfield.

The seven-member governing board likely will approve Alcal Specialty Contracting, a roofing firm with main offices in Sacramento, as the low bidder for roofing projects set for Cleo Gordon Elementary, the Public Safety Academy, Sullivan Interagency and Armijo High’s welding shop, for a total of about $1.8 million.

Robert Martinez, assistant superintendent of human resources, will make the presentation about reducing certain classified, or school-support, jobs.

Source: FSUSD agenda: Low-bid roofing contract and reduction in school-support jobs

Fairfield-Suisun school board set to consider cuts – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Trustees of the Fairfield-Suisun School District will be asked Thursday to give the green light to eliminate more than a dozen positions in response to the governor’s budget for the coming school year, with bus drivers bearing the brunt of the proposed cuts.

Robert A. Martinez, the district’s assistant superintendent of human resources, provides details about the planned layoffs in a staff report and accompanying resolution that the board is scheduled to consider.

The proposed cuts include 16.682 full-time equivalent positions: 10 from among the district’s bus drivers, 2.781 from the district’s roster of child nutrition assistants and the equivalent 1.288 positions in the corps of bilingual para-educators. Roughly half a position each would be cut from among the district’s mental health clinicians, associate mental health clinicians, behavior analysts, para-educators and campus monitors.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school board set to consider cuts to ranks of bus drivers, other staff

Fairfield-Suisun school board to hear student voices – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A 55-minute presentation is scheduled on what’s described as “issues of importance” to the students of the Fairfield-Suisun School District when the Board of Trustees meet Thursday.

Israel Cudmore, student board member, will lead the discussion.

Trustees meet at 5 p.m. in the board room of the Central Office, 2490 Hilborn Road, in Fairfield. The board adjourns into closed session on a personnel matter and will return to open session at 5:05 p.m. The student presentation is the first item once the trustees reconvene.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school board to hear student voices

Trustees to review policy change to promote parent involvement in Fairfield-Suisun schools – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A policy proposal set for consideration Thursday aims to boost parental involvement in the education of children who attend school in the Fairfield-Suisun School District.

The policy under review states, “the governing board recognizes that parents/guardians are their children’s first and most influential teachers and that sustained parent/guardian involvement in the education of their children contributes greatly to student achievement and a positive school environment.

“The superintendent or designee shall consult with staff and parents/guardians and family members in the development of meaningful opportunities at all grade levels for them to be involved in district and school activities at all grade levels; advisory, decision-making, and advocacy roles; and activities to support learning at home.”

Source: Trustees to review policy change to promote parent involvement in Fairfield-Suisun schools

Fairfield-Suisun board set to consider safety policy for schools – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Members of the Board of Trustees for the Fairfield-Suisun School District will review campus safety recommendations as part of a series of policy updates when they meet Thursday.

“Campus security procedures shall include a directive for staff to keep classroom doors locked at all times. Such procedures shall be regularly reviewed to reflect changed circumstances and to assess their effectiveness in achieving safe school objectives,” the policy update states.

“The board believes that reasonable use of surveillance cameras will help the district achieve its goals for campus security.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun board set to consider safety policy for schools

Fairfield-Suisun school board to hear request for $500,000 in security upgrade funds – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Fairfield-Suisun School District facilities subcommittee is asking for a one-time augmentation of $500,000 for safety and security upgrades to the district’s campuses.

The request will be made at 6 p.m. Thursday during the Fairfield-Suisun School District’s governing board meeting at 2490 Hilborn Road.

The subcommittee also recommends adjustments to board policy that all classrooms are to remain locked at all times.

Board members will hear about increasing campus security through security cameras and evaluating and upgrading main campus entrances, fencing and gates; and upgrading door locks and revising district standards for types of locks in classrooms, offices, libraries, multipurpose rooms, gyms and other areas.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school board to hear request for $500,000 in security upgrade funds

Fairfield-Suisun USD leaders review budget, bargaining agreements – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The second interim 2017-18 budget report, and two public hearings about collective bargaining agreements with two employee unions for the 2018-19 academic year are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

California school districts twice yearly are required to certify their ability to pay their bills for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends June 30. Interim budget reports are the way they do it, official documents due by mid-December and mid-March at the latest.

Michelle Henson, assistant superintendent of business services, will tell the seven-member governing board that the district, the county’s largest with some 21,500 students across some 30 campuses, can meet its financial obligations this year.

She will note cost-of-living adjustments of 1.56 percent for the current year, 2.51 percent in 2018-19, and 2.41 percent in 2019-20.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District leaders review budget, bargaining agreements

Fairfield-Suisun USD leaders discuss safe school plans – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A public hearing about the district’s comprehensive safe school plans and its likely approval, a resolution to support a $3 billion disbursement from state school bond funds, and an update about Early College High School are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Sheila McCabe, assistant superintendent of educational services, will lead the public hearing about the safe school plans for the district, Solano County’s largest with more than 21,500 students.

Afterward, the seven-member governing board will vote to approve or disapprove the plans for the district’s 30 campuses.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District leaders discuss safe school plans

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

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

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

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

Fairfield High School self-study gets green light from trustees – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A self-study of Fairfield High School that includes the finding that 49 percent teaching staff at the school is white while only 12 percent of the students are won approval Thursday.

Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees approved the study is part of the accreditation for Fairfield High.

Employees required to have a teaching credential, including teachers, speech therapists and school psychologists, represent the teaching staff.

Forty-four percent of students at Fairfield High School are Hispanic, 20 percent are black and 9 percent are Filipino, the study states.

Source: Fairfield High School self-study gets green light from trustees

Trustees OK ‘mindful coach’ job title in Fairfield-Suisun district – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

The description for a new “mindful coach” position that includes preferred experience in “mindfulness, yoga or restorative practices” won approval Thursday from Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees.

The 6-1 vote followed Monica Brown, a former teacher in the school district, telling trustees she shook her head when learning about the position and Trustee Joan Gaut, the lone vote against the measure, saying some parents view the mindful coach as teaching religion.

A Christian group asked why meditation of Eastern religions is allowed while praying by Western religions is prohibited, Gaut said.

Source: Trustees OK ‘mindful coach’ job title in Fairfield-Suisun district

Expulsions drop in Fairfield-Suisun School District – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Expulsions in the Fairfield-Suisun School District have dropped from 185 in the 2010-11 school year to 31 last year, according to a report that goes before district trustees Thursday.

Crystal Middle School in Suisun City had six students expelled in school year 2016-17, the most among middle schools, with Grange reporting three expulsions and one at Green Valley.

Armjio High School listed seven expelled students, Fairfield totaled four and Rodriguez three last school year.

Armjio had the highest enrollment at 2,244, followed by Rodriguez with an enrollment of 1,730 and Fairfield with 1,414 students.

Source: Expulsions drop in Fairfield-Suisun School District

‘Mindful coach’ job goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Trustees for the Fairfield-Suisun School District take up a description of a new “mindful coach” position that includes preferred experience in “mindfulness, yoga or restorative practices,” when they meet Thursday.

Mindful coaches are highly trained and assist with classroom instruction to decrease undesirable behaviors that impede student access to curriculum and increase self-regulation, according to the job description.

The job has been created to support positive behavior intervention strategies at school district sites, according to a staff report.

Source: ‘Mindful coach’ job goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees

Budget report, priorities on Fairfield-Suisun school agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders, when they meet Thursday, will hear about the district’s financial status when hear about the first interim budget report for the 2017-18 academic year and, later in the governing board meeting, budget priorities.

Laneia Grindle, the district’s director of fiscal services, will tell the governing board that revenues are projected to be $214 million, with expenses expected to top nearly $230 million, resulting in $14 million in deficit spending and an ending fund balance of $4.6 million.

For the 2018-19 and 2019-20 years, expenses are projected to be $227 million and $234 million, respectively, relatively flat growth that will come as the districts faces increased costs for employee pensions for several future years and as the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association clamors for increased wages.

Source: Budget report, priorities on Fairfield-Suisun school agenda