Isom announces candidacy for 5th District supervisor – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

The Rev. David Isom, an elected trustee with the Fairfield-Suisun School District and senior pastor at St. Stephen Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, on Tuesday said he will seek the 5th District 5 seat on the Solano County Board of Supervisors.

Isom said he will make his formal announcement at an event that’s scheduled Aug. 4.

The pastor noted mental illness and its ties to homelessness as a key issue for why he is running. He said he also wants to better connect the “silos” of nonprofits and other groups that are working independently on the same issues.

Source: Isom announces candidacy for 5th District supervisor – Daily Republic

School board votes to replace Armijo Indian mascot – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

The days of students at Armijo High School rooting for an Indian as their mascot are coming to an end following a unanimous vote Thursday by the Fairfield-Suisun School District board to accept a mascot committee’s recommendation that the Indian name be replaced.

The board voted after a longer-than-usual public comment period, which the board granted after 18 different speakers had petitioned to speak. Normally, speakers are limited to three minutes and the public commentary period capped at 20 minutes, but the board voted to allow all speakers a chance to talk, but cut the speaking time from three minutes per person to two.

Source: School board votes to replace Armijo Indian mascot

School Board OKs potential district budget augmentations – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday night to approve potential budget augmentations to the district’s 2019-20 budget, which are based on the projections within Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget.

The projected augmentations would result in as much as $2.8 million in cuts, which were chosen as to have the most minimal affect on the classroom learning experience, according to Assistant Superintendent with Business Services Michelle Henson.

Source: School Board OKs potential district budget augmentations

Four SCC trustees sworn in for four-year terms – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Four members of the Solano Community College board of trustees were sworn in for new four-year terms late last year, it has been announced.

Returning to the board are Area 2 trustee A. Marie Young, representing a sector of Vallejo; Area 4 trustee Denis Honeychurch, representing Fairfield, parts of Vacaville, and Travis Air Force Base; and Area 6 trustee Dr. Sarah Chapman, also representing parts of Vacaville.

Newly elected Area 1 trustee Karimah Karah also took her oath of office at the Dec.19 meeting. Karah, representing Vallejo west of Interstate 80 and Mare Island, won her race to earn a board seat. She replaces Pam Keith, who had served since 1994 and declined to run for re-election.

Source: Four SCC trustees sworn in for four-year terms – The Reporter

Fairfield-Suisun board hears process for Armijo mascot review – Daily Republic

By Glen Faison

The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board got a first look Thursday at the process to review whether or not the Armijo High School mascot – the Indian – is an appropriate mascot in the 21st century or if it should be changed.

They also heard from people who consider themselves stakeholders in the outcome – both for and against continued use of the mascot.

Speakers who support keeping the current mascot spoke of the history of the school that was founded in 1891 and its legacy among its graduates, and the costs associated with essentially rebranding the school. One described the depiction of the Indian mascot as “beautiful and respectful.”

Source: Fairfield-Suisun board hears process for Armijo mascot review

Newcomers highlight local school board races – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

The one certainty in Tuesday’s Fairfield-Suisun School District Board of Trustees race was that a candidate named Wilson would emerge victorious.

As it turned out, the victorious candidate appears to be Craig Wilson, who was on his way to defeating incumbent Chris L. Wilson and will take over as the Area 4 trustee once the vote count is completed and the results certified.

The incumbent Wilson had served on the board for four years and was a trustee as the district had to navigate through some rocky financial waters, which it has since emerged from.

Source: Newcomers highlight local school board races

FSUSD Board: Area 4 candidate Wilson hopes to beat out opponent – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

There are very few guarantees in life.

One guarantee this year will be for the Fairfield-Suisun School District Area 4 race. That guarantee is that Wilson will win the election.

The big question is will it be the incumbent, Chris Wilson? The challenger hopes it is him, Craig Wilson.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun School Board: Area 4 candidate Wilson hopes to beat out opponent – Wilson

FSUSD Board: Incumbent Wilson offers perspective in Area 4 race – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

Few candidates in any of the local elections throughout Solano County can claim to know their respective area of service quite like Chris Wilson, the incumbent trustee for Fairfield-Suisun School District’s Area 4.

Not only has Wilson served on the board for the past four years, he is himself a product of the school district, having gone to district schools when he was a student.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun School Board: Incumbent Wilson offers perspective in Area 4 race

Fairfield-Suisun board approves pursuit of $2.7M in grants to boost vocational ed – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board voted unanimously Thursday to move forward with an application for grant funding via Proposition 51 that would allow for the improvement and upgrade of Career Technical Education facilities at Armijo High School, as well as the establishment of a welding vocational program.

If approved, the grants would provide the district with as much as $2.7 million for the CTE upgrades at Armijo.

School districts throughout the country turned their focus at some point in the past away from traditional vocational programs in favor of programs oriented on getting students prepared for college.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun board approves pursuit of $2.7M in grants to boost vocational ed

School board considers grants to help fund $5.5M in shop upgrades at Armijo – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Trustees of the Fairfield-Suisun School District will be asked Thursday to give the green light to seek a pair of grants to help pay for nearly $5.5 million in planned upgrades to the wood shop and welding shop areas at Armijo High School.

The district’s Educational Services Department and Facilities Department have been working together since May to develop a facilities modernization project that will enhance and expand the Building Trades pathway at Armijo.

Staff is seeking permission from the board to submit a grant that will provide half the money needed for a $2.7 million facility project that includes upgrades to the wood shop facility, according to a staff report. Staff is also seeking leave to submit a grant that will provide half the money needed for a $2.7 million facility project that includes upgrades to the school’s welding shop facilities, according to a separate staff report.

Source: School board considers grants to help fund $5.5M in shop upgrades at Armijo

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

Vacaville, Travis school board races set – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Five people are running to fill three seats on the Vacaville School District governing board this fall.

Two incumbents, Michele Dally and John Jansen, will campaign along with Khala Hastings, Michael Silva and Kristina Bell.

Bell was the last candidate to file Wednesday before the filing period closed. Thomas Kutz had pulled papers, but chose not to run.

Travis School District’s Trustee Area 1 got a single candidate for an open seat when Adrian Saiz filed for office Wednesday. Four candidates seek two Area 2 seats. They are incumbent Riita DeAnda, Janet Forbes, Russ Barrington and Vinh “Devin” Ma.

Source: Vacaville, Travis school board races set

School board races coalesce as filing deadline nears – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

School board races in Fairfield, Vacaville and Suisun City are taking form as the candidate filing period for some of the seats is set to close Friday.

The races now range from the Vacaville School District, where five people are looking to run for three available seats, to one of Travis School District’s trustee areas where no one is yet running.

Mayrene Bates and Dana Dean are expected to run unopposed to keep their Solano County Board of Education trustee area seats since they are the only ones who have filed for their respective seats.

Source: School board races coalesce as filing deadline nears

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

I’m Running for School Board – What Should I Know? – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

On November 6, 2018, many school districts across California will have Board trustee vacancies on local election ballots. The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) will have positions open for election in the following Trustee Areas: Area 4, Area 5, and Area 7.

This election of ordinary citizens to a board that oversees the public education of our community’s youth is an important example of a democratic approach to local control. After all, it is the Governing Board, elected by the people, who are entrusted with the lives of our children and their future in our society. Serving as a trustee is no small task, yet it promises big contributions.

Source: Press Release: I’m Running for School Board – What Should I Know?

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

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