“Sunshining” bargaining proposals, Measure Q contracts on SCC agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Sunshining of bargaining proposals between the Solano Community College trustees and Local 39 of the Operating Engineers union, several major construction contracts, and the educational agreement between Mariani Nut Company of Winters and the SCC District are on the agenda when college leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Local 39 has presented its initial bargaining proposals to the district board for the purpose of sunshining, as required by law. To sunshine bargaining proposals is to inform the public what will be discussed during labor negotiations. The topics include — no surprise — pay and allowances, working conditions, hours and overtime and leaves of absence.

Public comment on the proposals will be received at the next governing board meeting, June 7.

The eight-member governing board will consider a $78,000 contract with Consolidated Engineering Laboratories for project special inspection and testing services for the new science building project at the main Fairfield campus.

 

Voyce to take seat as Solano College trustee – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Quinten Voyce, the winner in a three-candidate race for the 5th Trustee Area of the Solano Community College District’s governing board, will be sworn in at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Voyce, 30, of Fairfield, is a science teacher who works in the Early College High School Program at the community college. It is a program in which students can earn associate degrees while earning their high school diploma. He works through Rodriguez High School.

He received 44.54 percent of the vote. The next closest candidate had 30.07 percent. He replaces Monica Brown, who did not seek re-election to the college board and was elected to the county Board of Supervisors.

Source: Voyce to take seat as Solano College trustee

Smith, Gaut, Silva lead Fairfield-Suisun School District races – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Bethany Smith was leading in the Fairfield-Suisun School District Trustee Area 1 race as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday with 1,676 votes compared to 1,279 for Spencer Marks and 1,075 votes for Mike Wright.

Smith was optimistic about the results but remained guarded until the final count comes in later.

“I am feeling very good about where things are at,” Smith said, “but don’t want to count it done yet.”

Joan K. Gaut was clearly the winner for the Area 2 seat with 3,356 votes. Melvin L. Cockhren II had 1,037 votes.

Source: Smith, Gaut, Silva lead Fairfield-Suisun School District races

2 more seek Solano College board seat – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Chris Fickes and Alvina Sheeley are running for the Solano Community College District board of trustees seat that Monica Brown has represented.

Brown is running for the Solano County Board of Supervisors and the two candidates – along with Quinten Voyce, who had already announced his candidacy – seek election Nov. 8.

Fickes was born and raised in Fairfield and graduated from the University of California, Davis.

Source: 2 more seek Solano College board seat

Candidate Voyce seeks Solano College seat to serve students – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A lot of students leave town to go to other community colleges, said science teacher Quinten Voyce, who seeks a seat on the Solano Community College District board of trustees.

Problems with getting classes and concerns about accreditation at Solano College spur the travel, said Fairfield resident Voyce, 30.

Dealing with those issues should be a top interest of trustees, he said, but students get the message that it’s not.

Source: Candidate Voyce seeks Solano College seat to serve students

Vallejo residents take out candidacy papers – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Local residents took full advantage of the candidate nomination period’s first two days to pull election papers.

According to information supplied by the Vallejo City Clerk, current Councilman Bob Sampayan and business owner Randy Golovich pulled mayoral candidacy paperwork Monday.

Kyler Thompson, and Joseph Mickelson took out mayoral paperwork on Tuesday.

Former Vallejo City Councilman Hermie Sunga, and current Councilwoman Rozzana Verder-Aliga have picked up city council paperwork, as well.

Four city council seats, including the mayor position, are open this November.

Source: Vallejo residents take out candidacy papers

Solano College board eyes $6M in changes for new science building – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano Community College governing board on Wednesday will consider approving $6 million in changes to plans for the new science building at its Fairfield campus.

The costs of the proposed changes would be funded from Measure Q program reserves, bond interest income and an adjustment of the Vallejo site improvements budget, according to a Solano College staff report.

The recommended changes would increase the square footage of the new building significantly and could require construction of a partial second story to the building, though a preference for a one-story structure will be included in the design-build request for proposal, the staff report said.

via Solano College board eyes $6M in changes for new science building.

Solano College board to review several items on search for new president – Times Herald

By John Glidden

The Solano Community College Governing Board is slated to review several items Thursday regarding the search for a new district superintendent/president.

During the 5 p.m. special meeting, trustees will be asked to appoint Yashica Crawford as the chair of the superintendent/president screening committee.

Crawford serves as chief of staff to the president’s office.

The board will also review the committee membership, which includes several trustees and representatives from the various campus constituent groups.

Notable members of the committee include Vacaville trustee Sarah Chapman and board president A. Marie Young, who represents Vallejo.

Suisun City Mayor Pro Tem (Vice-Mayor) Lori Wilson has been selected to serve on the committee as a community member.

via Solano College board to review several items on search for new president.

Solano College governing board expected to name interim-superintendent Monday – The Reporter

By John Glidden

The Solano Community College Governing Board has an important task Monday night: The trustees are expected to name the school’s interim-superintendent/president.

Last week, SCC Superintendent Jowel Laguerre was appointed chancellor of the Peralta Community College District.

Laguerre will take over from Jose Ortiz, who is retiring after three years in the position. Laguerre is expected to officially begin work in July.

“It’s really bittersweet,” Laguerre said last week. “But I’m really excited (about the new opportunity) and the things we have done at Solano.”

Laguerre said at the same time he will miss the people at SCC, especially the faculty and staff, who are always focused on making the college better.

via Solano College governing board expected to name interim-superintendent Monday.

Solano College, faculty reach tentative agreement – Daily Republic

By Susan Winlow

A contract negotiation stalemate between the Solano Community College District and its faculty association broke on Wednesday when both sides came to a proposed agreement after a year of talks that went to impasse in December.

Negotiations were part of a three-year contract that expires in June.The contract was ratified in 2012 knowing that three key items – salary, workload and teacher evaluations – would be revisited in the third year of the contract. While other issues factored in, the divisive problem was money.

The district faculty wanted a raise; Wade Larson, the associate vice president of human resources, said that with a $2.1 million budget deficit, there was no money for raises.

via Solano College, faculty reach tentative agreement Daily Republic.

Measure Q revisions pulled from college board agenda – Daily Republic

By Susan Winlow

An agenda item involving Measure Q bond project revisions worth in excess of $8.6 million was pulled from the Solano Community College Governing Board agenda Wednesday night.

The item amending the bond Spending Plan Update was not ready to be presented, needing more review time, said Leigh Sata, the college’s executive bonds manager.

The revisions were:

  • The Vacaville Center biotechnology and science building will increase in size to include a program area encompassing a full science, technology, engineering and math curriculum. Approval would increase the project budget from $28 million to $34.5 million.

via Measure Q revisions pulled from college board agenda Daily Republic.

Former Solano College police officer hopes to unseat incumbent – Vallejo Times Herald

By John Glidden

Jose “Joe” Ramos is tired of standing on the sidelines; he wants to help Solano Community College continue to be a gem in the community. That’s why he is seeking election to the college board.

Ramos, 57, is a retired SCC police officer who describes himself as just an “ordinary guy” who was educated in (Vallejo’s) public schools.

“I may not have a master’s degree but I’m capable of serving (on the governing board),” he said. “I was on the front lines interacting with students, faculty and staff. I saw the actual challenges.”

Ramos said his primary reason for seeking election to the board is to continue helping students, faculty and staff at SCC.

via Challenger: Former Solano College police officer hopes to unseat incumbent – Vallejo Times Herald.

Solano College board set to approve deficit budget – The Reporter

By John Glidden

The Solano Community College Governing Board — facing a $1.3 million deficit — will meet Wednesday to discuss and approve the 2014-15 fiscal year budget.

In early August, Yulian Ligioso, Vice President of Finance and Administration at SCC, reported to the governing board that the district was headed toward a $2.6 million deficit for 2014-15.

Ligioso updated the board in September that he had trimmed around $1.6 million from the deficit by freezing the hiring of new personnel for several vacant positions, reducing the amount of overtime available and working with the adjunct faculty budget.

via Solano College board set to approve deficit budget – The Reporter.

SCC district to save money this November – The Reporter

By John Glidden

Faced with a $2.6 million deficit for the 2014-15 fiscal year, Solano Community College officials received a bit of good fiscal news when three of the four trustees seeking re-election this fall were removed from the November ballot.

California law states that when an incumbent for a community college district board is the only individual to file candidacy paperwork, then the contest is removed from the ballot by the county registrar of voters.

Incumbents A. Marie Young, Denis Honeychurch and Sarah Chapman were automatically given four additional years after they were the only individuals to file candidacy paperwork for their respective races before the Aug. 8 deadline.

via SCC district to save money this November – The Reporter.

Solano College incumbents seek re-election – Vallejo Times Herald

By John Glidden

Both Pam Keith and A. Marie Young are seeking re-election to the Solano Community College District Governing Board this fall.

Keith, first elected to the SCCD Governing Board in 1994, said that she would like to serve one more term on the board to ensure that Measure Q monies are spent appropriately.

Measure Q is a $348 million countywide bond passed in 2012 by Solano County voters to improve SCC buildings and support the expansion of programs at the college.

“I was here for Measure G, helping to make sure the monies were spent appropriately. I want to do the same for Measure Q,” said Keith, who is also the current board president.

Measure G was a similar bond measure, passed by Solano Count

via Solano College incumbents seek re-election – Vallejo Times Herald.

Solano College trustees to hear bond audit reports – Daily Republic

By Susan Winlow

Solano Community College board members on Wednesday will hear both a Measure Q and a Measure G bond update pursuant to state law.

Proposition 39 was passed in 2000 to allow issuance of general obligation bonds by school districts, community colleges and county offices of education. Among other allowances, the bonds allowed for the construction, rehabilitation or replacement of a variety of school facilities.

via Solano College trustees to hear bond audit reports Daily Republic.

Solano Community College announces first Courses – Dixon Tribune | Facebook

Solano Community College announces first three classes to be offered in Dixon

Free tuition for all Dixon High students.

Hot off the press! The following Solano Community College (SCC) courses will be offered through the College Advancement Program (CAP) for Spring 2014! Please remember to contact Sandy Johnson, CAP Coordinator, at sandy.johnson@dixonusd.org, to sign up.

Anyone planning to take classes should attend the CAP/SCC Orientation and Application on Wednesday, December 4 at 1:00 PM, conveniently located in the Dixon High School Library. For further information, contact Sandy Johnson at sandy.johnson@dixonusd.org.

via Solano Community College announces first… – The Dixon Tribune | Facebook.

SCC Accreditation report close to finished – Daily Republic

By Susan Winlow

Solano Community College is ready for Oct. 15.

That’s the day the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges is expecting a follow-up report to be mailed from the college regarding the four areas of concern it asked the college to address. Areas of work included diversity data gathering, distance learning, student learning outcome effectiveness and a clearly written code of ethics for personnel.

via Accreditation report close to finished, deadline Oct. 15 Daily Republic.

Solano College board to discuss bond measure management – The Reporter

Details about the voter-approved Measure Q bond measure are on the agenda when the Solano Community College District governing board meets tonight.

Trustees will consider the “recommended structure” for the measure, formally called the SCC District Student/Veterans Affordable Education Job Training, Classroom Repair Measure. It is a $348 million bond measure, approved by county voters in November. Trustees will consider whether to hire a consultant to oversee the spending of the bond money, keep the job in-house or use some combination of those arrangements.

via Solano College board to discuss bond measure management – The Reporter.

College governing board to hold study session – Daily Republic

By Susan Winlow

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Community College Governing Board will hold a study session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 360 Campus Lane on the first floor in the “West Lobby.”

On the agenda is a second reading of an administrative leadership group proposal for a revised board policy regarding student learning and service area outcomes. This satisfies one of the recommendations put forth by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges during the findings of an evaluation team visit in November 2012. In order to increase institutional effectiveness it was recommended that the college “develop and implement appropriate policies and procedures that incorporate effectiveness in producing student learning outcomes into the evaluation process of faculty and others directly responsible for student progress,” according to staff reports.

via College governing board to hold study session Daily Republic.