FSUSD Trustees to meet for study session about state reports – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Trustees for the Fairfield-Suisun School District will take part in a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday about California Department of Education reviews of special education in the district.

The first review analyzed individual educational plans of special education students and interventions taken before a student is recommended for special education assessment, according to a school district staff report.

The second review studied “disproportionality” of students who qualify for special education and steps the district needs to implement to reduce disproportionality, the staff report said.

Source: Trustees to meet for study session about state reports on special education in Fairfield-Suisun School District

Developer fees study on Fairfield-Suisun school agenda Thursday – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders will face a relatively light agenda when they meet Thursday night in Fairfield.

There will be a public hearing about a resolution to adopt a developer fee justification study, followed by a trustee vote on the matter, specifically on Level I fees.

By law, California school district governing boards may levy a fee against a developer who builds within a respective district to pay for school construction and related infrastructure in order to accommodate potential growth.

Three levels of developer fees are allowed.

The minimum, aka Level I, is adjusted every two years. In order to assess the fee, a school district must document its justification with a study that, according to agenda documents, “demonstrates a reasonable relationship between residential, commercial and industrial development in the district and the need for additional school facilities.”

Source: Developer fees study on Fairfield-Suisun school agenda Thursday

Trustees review Measure J oversight panel report – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Former Fairfield-Suisun School District trustee Perry Polk is among four people recommended for the Measure J Citizens’ Oversight Committee in a report school district trustees reviewed Thursday.

The school board established the committee in 2016 and appointed members, but one panel member resigned and another was recommended for removal after three unexcused absences, a school district staff report said.

Polk is recommended as a member at-large, while Sylvia Robertson would represent parents. Jennifer Stephenson would be a member at-large and Claudia Wilde would represent local businesses.

Source: Trustees review Measure J oversight panel report

Response to grand jury report on homeless youth wins Fairfield-Suisun schools OK – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Homeless youth are accurately counted, the Fairfield-Suisun School District says in a response to the 2016-17 Solano County grand jury report that stated the number of homeless students in the district nearly doubled in one year when almost 500 more youths were identified.

School district trustees meeting Thursday approved the response by Superintendent Kris Corey.

Trustees made no comments before voting to approve the response.The grand jury, in its report released June 16, said school districts in the county presented conflicting statistics in reporting the number of homeless youth and recommended all data be verifiable.

Source: Response to grand jury report on homeless youth wins Fairfield-Suisun schools OK

Trustees OK lighting pact for Fairfield-Suisun schools – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Vitality Construction of Sacramento has been awarded a $198,764 contract for new lighting systems at H. Glenn Richardson Educational Complex, Suisun Elementary, Fairfield-Suisun Adult School and Sullivan Interagency Youth Services Center.

Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees meeting Monday awarded the contract to low bidder Vitality for the new high-efficiency LED lighting technology.

Source: Trustees OK lighting pact for Fairfield-Suisun schools

Fairfield-Suisun school district leaders mull contracts in special meeting – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Several contracts covering a range of purchases and work, from laptops to lighting to emergency demolition at an elementary school, are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet in special session Monday in Fairfield.

The school district, the Solano County’s largest, solicited bids for audio-visual systems, and the business services department recommends awarding a $118,000 contract, one of several competing bids, to the Eidim Group, an audio-visual consulting firm in Buena Park.

In accord with standard public agency policies, winning bids typically are awarded to the lowest bidder, but Eidim’s is not, according to agenda documents. The lowest bid, at $115,000, was submitted by TIG, or Technology Integration Group, a company with offices in Sacramento and nationwide.

Information on agenda documents did not clearly state why Eidim is the recommended contract.

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Source: Fairfield-Suisun school district leaders mull contracts in special meeting

Grading change doesn’t pass Fairfield-Suisun teachers test – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A change in grading policy that a teachers representative said would instruct students that they face no assignment deadlines has been tabled by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees.

Nancy Dunn, president of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association, said the proposal would allow students to get full credit for work turned in the last day of a grading period.

Dunn also told school district trustees on Thursday that the proposed revisions to the policy effects teacher workload and require negotiation.

Source: Grading change doesn’t pass Fairfield-Suisun teachers test

Fairfield-Suisun leaders to consider budget – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Like so many California school districts in summertime, with their 2017-18 LCAPs and budgets sent to county offices of education, Fairfield-Suisun Unified has posted a relatively light agenda for its Thursday meeting in Fairfield.

Trustees will hear several presentations at the outset, including a report, delivered by students, about the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Under the consent calendar, items typically approved in one collective vote, governing board members will OK a $1.13 million contract with the state Department of Education for child development services.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun leaders to consider budget

Request for ‘Andrew’s Bookshelf’ bench back before Fairfield-Suisun trustees – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A request to dedicate a bench in front of the Armijo High School library in honor of Andrew Lucas, a student who died in a 2015 car crash along Waterman Boulevard, returns to Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees when they meet Thursday.

Trustees received the request as an information item at their June 22 meeting and can act Thursday.

Lucas’ friends created the club called “Andrew’s Bookshelf” that sends high school students to elementary schools to read to students. The club wants to place a bench in front of the library – Lucas’ favorite place on campus – to honor their friend, the request states.

Source: Request for ‘Andrew’s Bookshelf’ bench back before Fairfield-Suisun trustees

Teacher recruitment trips for Fairfield-Suisun School District – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Six trips to recruit teachers cost the Fairfield-Suisun School District $25,419, says a report that goes before the school board Thursday.

School district staff traveled in March and April to New Mexico, Michigan, Oregon, Montana and twice to Colorado for teacher recruitment fairs.Other

Other out-of-state travel includes a $9,470 trip by four employees from the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School to attend the Commission on Adult Basic Education Conference held April 2-5 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Source: Teacher recruitment trips cost $25,419 for Fairfield-Suisun School District

Trustees OK $220M Fairfield-Suisun school budget- Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A $220 million budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 won approval Thursday by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees as officials forecast future budget cuts.

Superintendent Kris Corey said in her budget message that districts throughout California will receive less revenue from the state than forecast – and the proposed federal budget also reduces funding for schools.

“The decreased revenues along with the increased costs, particularly in employee benefits, will cause our district to make future budget reductions,” Corey wrote.

Source: Trustees OK $220M Fairfield-Suisun school budget

School board eyes costs for Tahoe, New York City stays – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Lodging and training in Tahoe City and a New York City hotel stay – along with costs for catering by the Buckhorn restaurant – are among payments trustees for the Fairfield-Suisun School District take up Thursday.

The $8,750 for Granlibakken in Tahoe City covers registration for seven teachers for four nights of lodging, including all meals, to attend training Saturday through Wednesday with the California Association of World Schools International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, the school district said.

Source: School board eyes costs for Tahoe, New York City stays

$220M budget goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A $220 million budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Thursday with a message from Superintendent Kris Corey that districts throughout California will receive less revenue from the state than forecast – and the proposed federal budget also reduces funding for schools.

“The decreased revenues along with the increased costs, particularly in employee benefits, will cause our district to make future budget reductions,” Corey wrote.

Trustees in June 2016 approved a $209 million budget for the school district.

Source: $220M budget goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees

Trustees get request to dedicate bench at Armijo High to honor student – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A request to dedicate a bench in front of the Armijo High School Library in honor of Andrew Lucas, a student who died in a 2015 car crash along Waterman Boulevard, goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees when they meet Thursday.

Lucas’s friends created the club called Andrew’s Bookshelf that sends students to elementary schools to read to students. The club wants to place a bench in front of the library – Lucas’s favorite place on campus – to honor their friend, the request states.

“He was an exceptional student who participated in band and athletics at Armijo High School. He would have graduated June 2017,” wrote student Alex Peppard.

Source: Trustees get request to dedicate bench at Armijo High to honor student

Closed session set for end-of-year evaluation of Fairfield-Suisun schools chief – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Trustees will meet Tuesday in a closed-door session for the annual end-of-school-year evaluation of Kris Corey, superintendent of the Fairfield-Suisun School District.

Raising Corey’s salary to $241,088 won trustee approval last July after a motion for a higher raise to $245,820 was not seconded.

“We started her out low when we hired her,” then-Trustee Kathy Marianno had said in seeking the higher raise.

Other trustees praised Corey but voted for the $241,088 raise that reflected a 1 percent increase based on her evaluation for the 2015-16 school year and a 2 percent salary increase granted other employees in April.

Source: Closed session set for end-of-year evaluation of Fairfield-Suisun schools chief

Trustees OK hotel, Great America, Mary’s Pizza Shack costs – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Hotels stays costing $2,926, tickets to Great America totaling $2,502 and catering for a Crystal Middle School event have won Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees’ approval.

Mary’s Pizza Shack in Fairfield catered the Gifted and Talented Education event for more than 200 students and family members. The catering cost $1,231.

The Great America trip was for an eighth-grade class trip at the Sheldon Academy of Innovative Learning.

Source: Trustees OK hotel, Great America, Mary’s Pizza Shack costs

School district eyes project labor agreement for Fairfield-Suisun Measure J projects – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A project labor agreement with the Napa-Solano Counties Building and Construction Trades Council goes to Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Thursday for projects funded by Measure J.

Eric Christen, executive director of the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction, said Tuesday that the 23-page pact is from the union template for such agreements, a description Danny Bernardini, business manager for the building and construction trades council, disputes.

“It’s all the standard stuff,” Christen said.The pact forces workers to pay union dues and pensions, he said.

Source: School district eyes project labor agreement for Fairfield-Suisun Measure J projects

Fairfield-Suisun School District OKs project labor pact – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A project labor agreement – praised as working for Solano County government and the city of Fairfield but panned as increasing costs for construction paid for by the $249 million Measure J bond – won approval Thursday on a 5-2 vote of Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees.

David Isom, who along with Trustees Judi Honeychurch, Joan Gaut, Johnathan Richardson and John Silva voted for the labor agreement, said he had received more than 50 emails that looked like cut-and-paste messages opposing the pact.“I did a lot of research,” Isom said of the agreement.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun School District OKs project labor pact

Fairfield-Suisun school board president praises National Security Forum – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Judi Honeychurch, president of the board of trustees for the Fairfield-Suisun School District, said “it’s incredible” the information she learned at the National Security Forum hosted in Alabama by the U.S. Air Force Air War College.

Honeychurch said at the school board’s meeting Thursday that she broadened her knowledge on military opportunities available to students and also spoke about what the Fairfield-Suisun School District is doing.

“I really enjoyed the experience of sharing the exciting things that are happening in our district,” she said.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school board president praises National Security Forum

FSUSD staff recommends 5 construction companies for pool of builders – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Five construction companies are recommended for a pre-qualified pool in the no hard bid, lease-leaseback method of building select Fairfield-Suisun School District projects.

Approval of Clark-Sullivan Construction in Roseville, CT Brayton & Sons in San Joaquin County, Landmark Construction in Loomis, Roebbelen Contracting in El Dorado Hills and XL Construction in Sacramento goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees when they meet Thursday.

Trustees at their March 30 meeting agreed to end a requirement that all construction costing more than $40,000 go out to bid.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun School District staff recommends 5 construction companies for pool of builders