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

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