Trustees OK property tax cut on parcels in FSUSD – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Cutting property taxes on more than 8,700 parcels – with savings officials say total about $10 million – won approval Thursday by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees, one of whom said she expected the action would make a taxpayer’s advocate smile.

Property tax assessments for landowners in Community Facilities District No 5, established during the 1989-90 school year, have paid for construction at B. Gale Wilson School, Crystal Middle School, Green Valley Middle School, Rolling Hills Elementary School and other projects, a school district staff report said.

The tax rate in the district was cut to 25 cents per square foot – $600 a year for a 2,400-square-foot home – in 2009. The overall debt has since been refinanced to lower the overall debt, most recently in 2015, according to a staff report.

Source: Trustees OK property tax cut on parcels in Fairfield-Suisun School District

Fairfield-Suisun School District board looks to cut property taxes – Daily Republic

By Glen Faison

Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees are poised Thursday to slash property taxes on more than 8,700 parcels and possibly retire millions in school facilities debt as much as three years early.

Plans for debt within Community Facilities District No. 5, established during the 1989-90 school year, are up for consideration. The bounds of the district have since grown to include 8,703 parcels.

Property tax assessments for those who own property in the district have paid for construction or partial construction at B. Gale Wilson School, Crystal Middle School, Green Valley Middle School and Rolling Hills Elementary School, among other lesser projects, according to a staff report.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun School District board looks to cut property taxes

Fairfield-Suisun teachers, district reach impasse on class sizes, salaries – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Fairfield-Suisun Unified teachers and district negotiators have reached an impasse on several parts of a new contract, including class sizes, pay and unpaid but required “adjunct hours,” and a state mediator will be brought in an effort to reach a settlement.

After a full year of negotiations in 2016, in addition to eight days this year, negotiators for the teachers union accepted a 2 percent raise for 2016-2017 school year, retroactive to July 1 of last year. However, the pay hike will not be in effect until the new 17-18 contract is settled and therein lies the rub, Nancy Dunn, president of the 1,100-member Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association, said Thursday.

Frustrated, the teachers union and district officials on Tuesday formally declared impasse over class size, salary, and adjunct duty — the latter the 16 hours of overtime work per year (such as attending PTA meetings, social and athletic events, etc.) that teachers are required to put in without pay.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun teachers, district reach impasse on class sizes, salaries

Charter schools proposal spurs Fairfield-Suisun teachers union opposition – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

The teachers association for the Fairfield-Suisun School District opposes a petition by a former Vallejo City School District superintendent to open charter schools in Fairfield, Vacaville and Vallejo.

The board for the Solano County Office of Education is expected to take up Ramona Bishop’s proposal for the Elite Academy on Dec. 13.

Nancy Dunn, president of Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association, said all students in the district can succeed without a charter school.

Source: Charter schools proposal spurs Fairfield-Suisun teachers union opposition

Teachers, Fairfield-Suisun School District declare impasse in contract talks – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Teachers and the Fairfield-Suisun School District are at an impasse in contract negotiations and a state mediator will be brought in, the teachers’ union said Wednesday.

The district and teachers declared the impasse over class size, salary and adjunct duty – overtime work that teachers are required to put in without pay, according to the teachers union.

“There was no movement on class size by the district after eight full days of negotiation, so the teachers proposed a committee to look at targeted class size reductions to increase student success to inform negotiations for next year,” Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association president Nancy Dunn said in the release.

Source: Teachers, Fairfield-Suisun School District declare impasse in contract talks

English Learner progress, facility use fee schedule on FSUSD agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

English learner progress, a facility use fee schedule and a new appointee to the Measure J Citizens Oversight Committee are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Howard Kornblum, director of English Learners and Instructional Support for the district, will present the 2017-18 report on the progress of English Learners, students who are unable to communicate fluently or learn adequately in English and often live in homes where English is not the first language.

In his report, Kornblum will highlight to the seven-member governing board several things, among them: 1) Progress of English Learners toward proficiency in English; 2) Percentage of students reclassified as “English-proficient”; the number or percentage of students who are — or may be — at risk of being deemed “long-term” English Learners; achievement levels on state standardized tests of core subjects; and, for comparison purposes, previous year data.

Source: English Learner progress, facility use fee schedule on FSUSD agenda tonight

School board shoots down facility use fees for nonprofits – Daily Republic

By Glen Faison

Trustees in the Fairfield-Suisun School District shot down updated facility use fees Thursday that would have added charges to dozens of nonprofit groups starting in January.

Nonprofits are currently exempt from facility use fees, with the exception of covering any required after-hours staff costs. Current fees – and accompanying exemptions – have been in place for nearly a decade.

Trustees in comments last week telegraphed potential rejection of the plan. They spoke of specific exemptions and a possible sweat-equity program to help offset the new fees for nonprofits. One said he did not support the proposal.

Source: School board shoots down facility use fees for nonprofits

Facility use fees back on docket for Fairfield-Suisun school board – Daily Republic

By Glen Faison

Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees may decide Thursday whether or not a host of community groups will retain preferential treatment when it comes to fees paid for their use of school facilities.

Costs associated primarily with use of school district facilities and grounds by nonprofits – and who should pay those costs – hangs in the balance.

Community nonprofits request more than 10,000 hours a year of school facilities use – and paid more than $80,000 for the privilege, according to a district staff report. Those payments did not include an hourly fee to use the facilities and grounds.

Source: Facility use fees back on docket for Fairfield-Suisun school board

CAASPP scores, solicitation of construction project bids on FSUSD agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The latest state standardized test scores and the solicitation of several construction project bids are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Assistant Superintendent Sheila McCabe is expected to present a report on the 2017 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, which gauges how students in grades 3 to eight and 11 performed on the tests, based on California State Standards, last spring. It is the third year in which the all-computerized tests of English and math skills have been administered.

According to state data, some 11,450 district students were tested.

Forty-four percent met or exceeded state standards in English, 31 percent did so in math, roughly the same as the Solano County average, but somewhat below the state averages of 49 and 38 percent, respectively.

Source: CAASPP scores, solicitation of construction project bids on FSUSD agenda

Fairfield-Suisun trustees to weigh fees to use district sites – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Proposed hourly fees to use sites – including $322 to use a high school football stadium and $8 for a classroom – that now can be used without charge go before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Tuesday.

The school district has for many years allowed the community to use sites and they have experienced more than normal wear and tear, a report to trustees said.

State law allows school boards to charge fees that do not exceed direct costs to operate sites, the report said.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun trustees to weigh fees to use district sites

Fairfield-Suisun School District report New York, Chicago, Dallas trips – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A report on out-of-state trips – including travel to New York, Chicago and Dallas – goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Tuesday.

Kimberly Garrett of Armijo High School attended International Baccalaureate Environmental Systems and Society training July 6-8 in New York City at a cost of $2,361.

Gene Bondy of Cordelia Hills Elementary School attended the National Physical Education and School Sport Institute gathering July 24-26 at the University of North Carolina. The conference cost $275. Bondy covered all other costs.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun School District report New York, Chicago, Dallas trips

Unaudited 2016-17 budget on Fairfield-Suisun City USD agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A provisional internship permit, adoption of the district’s Gann Limit, and the approval of the unaudited actual budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year are on a relatively light agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

The seven-member governing board likely will approve a provisional internship permit for a transitional kindergarten instructor, Zara Syed.

The state Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires a provisional internship permit for instructors not fully credentialed in a specific area. Like other districts, Fairfield-Suisun’s custom and practice is to seek such permits when there is a shortage of available candidates or candidates who have yet to meet what’s called “subject matter competence” but are pursuing a teaching credential.

Source: Unaudited 2016-17 budget on Fairfield-Suisun City Unified School District agenda

Fairfield-Suisun district schedules hearing on textbooks – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A public hearing will take place Thursday about the Fairfield-Suisun School District having sufficient textbooks – including newly adopted English textbooks costing about $4.5 million.

State law requires such a hearing.

A report to trustees at their Sept. 14 meeting reviewed costs for English textbooks in K-8 classes and for the ninth through 11th grades.

Superintendent Kris Corey said textbooks for English classes tend to be the most expensive.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun district schedules hearing on textbooks

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