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

Residents evacuate as Atlas Fire closes in on rural Solano homes – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

A fire that raged through rural Napa County early Monday forced rural Solano County residents to flee their homes by Monday night.

Mandatory evacuations were put in place about 8 p.m. Monday for residents on Twin Sisters Road. Joyce Lane was under mandatory evacuation 30 minutes later as fires from Napa County closed in on the area.

The fire’s spread into Solano County caused the Fairfield-Suisun School District to announce Monday night that Suisun Valley K-8 School would remain closed Tuesday. The district cited the severity of the fire and its effect on rural roads near the school.

Source: Residents evacuate as Atlas Fire closes in on rural Solano homes

Denied in Vacaville USD, charter leader petitions SCOE – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Leaders of Heritage Peak Charter School in downtown Vacaville, their petition denied less than two months ago by Vacaville Unified trustees, are now seeking to align the independent study learning center with the Solano County Office of Education.

Paul Keefer, who heads the Sacramento-based Pacific Charter Institute, the operator of several independent charter schools, most of them in the Sacramento area, presented a petition for newly named Pacific Valley Charter during a public hearing Wednesday night at county education offices in Fairfield.

The SCOE governing board will either approve or deny Keefer’s petition at a Sept. 13 meeting at the county agency’s 5100 Business Center Drive offices.

Source: Denied in Vacaville Unified School District, charter leader petitions county ed board

Solano County Office of Education receives homeless grant – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A state grant will support training to school district staffs about how to better identify and meet the needs of homeless students in Solano County.

The county Office of Education announced Thursday it had received the $37,638 grant from the state Department of Education.

“Supporting homeless students is a priority for all educators in our school districts, and, through this grant, the Solano County Office of Education will be able to continue supporting schools in their efforts to identify all homeless youth and provide them with the services they need,” Superintendent Estrella-Henderson commented.

Source: Solano County Office of Education receives homeless grant

Senator, supervisor honored for service – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Well wishes took center stage at Tuesday’s meeting of the Solano County Board of Supervisors as outgoing leaders Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Solano, and Supervisor Linda Seifert, were honored for their service.

Wolk terms out in December and Seifert’s last day is Jan. 2.

Both women were recognized by community members and leaders at all levels of government.

“She’s been such an ally of ours and a collaborator. We are forever grateful,” said board chair Erin Hannigan of Wolk.

Source: Senator, supervisor honored for service

County ed board candidate boasts considerable resume – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

When Betty Silva, a retired public school librarian, says, “I’ve always devoted my life to education,” there is an extensive resume to confirm her statement.

For more than three decades, including 27 years at Fairfield High, the 70-year-old Fairfield resident served as a librarian. In the early 1990s, she was president of the California School Library Association and state treasurer for that group for many years. Silva was, at one time, co-president of the California Retired Teachers Association and today still serves as a board member, representing Area No. 1, a vast region from San Francisco north along the coast to the Oregon border. Once active in Fairfield-Suisun Unified labor issues, she was head negotiator for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association for 13 years.

Silva presents her considerable experience in public education, in part, as a reason voters should consider her favorably for the Trustee Area No. 2 post on the Solano County Board of Education.

 

Source: County ed board candidate boasts considerable resume

Vacaville children’s advocate cites ‘personal reasons’ for county ed board candidacy – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Amy Sharp of Vacaville raises a family, volunteers in area schools, offers art instruction to children, some of them disabled, raises money for nonprofit groups, helps to organize community events, and keeps an eye trained on at least two local government agencies.

But “personal reasons,” said the self-described children’s advocate, prompted her to seek the Trustee Area No. 2 seat on the Solano County Board of Education.

Election Day is Nov. 8, and Sharp, 41 and the mother of two, will face off against Betty Silva, a school library media teacher and educator, for the county education post that represents north Vacaville and west Fairfield.

“The reason I’m running is, that my two nieces were in the county special ed program,” the longtime Vacaville resident recalled Friday, adding that her nieces died from Batten disease, a rare, fatal, inherited disorder of the nervous system that usually begins in childhood and its first symptom is usually progressive vision loss. “Special education is quite a maze to navigate. I’ve worked with families to make sure their children get the classes and services they need.”

 

Estrella-Henderson next superintendent of Solano County schools – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

When she heard the governing board’s decision, Lisette Estrella-Henderson was seated in the Solano County Office of Education meeting room.

“It was probably a good thing,” she said Thursday afternoon, then laughed, less than 24 hours after being named the new superintendent of county schools.

“I’m very honored and pleased,” said Estrella-Henderson, for more than five years the associate superintendent for student programs and educational services at SCOE offices in Fairfield. A 32-year career educator, she will replace Jay Speck, who retires Dec. 31.

Estrella-Henderson, who earns $188,600 in her current job, will be sworn in during early January, becoming the first Latina and only the second female of Solano County public schools history, which dates to 1853.

 

Source: Estrella-Henderson next superintendent of Solano County schools

Solano commission to review juvenile hall schools – The Reporter

By Daily Republic Staff

Members of the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Commission will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Conference Room 6003 at the County Administration Center, 675 Texas St.

The agenda will consist of an overview of Juvenile Detention Facility schools from the Solano County Office of Education as well as a review of past facility inspections.

The mission of the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Commission is to inquire into the administration of juvenile justice in Solano County, according to a county press release to announce the meeting. The overall objective is to reduce the recidivism rate of juvenile offenders in the local criminal justice system.

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School boards to welcome new members – Daily Republic

By Susan Winlow

New members of two local school boards will take oaths of office Thursday.

Three will take the oath of office at 6 p.m. in the Fairfield-Suisun School District, just prior to the regularly scheduled board meeting. Newly elected trustee Chris Wilson will represent Area 4. Incumbent David Isom ran unopposed and will continue to represent Area 7. Newcomer Jonathan Richardson, who also ran unopposed, will represent Area 5.

They will join current members Judi Honeychurch, Pat Shamansky, John Silva, Kathy Marianno and student trustee Jared Hickory.

Superintendent Kris Corey will administer the oaths.

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Solano County Office of Education has a new Board Member | Facebook

KATHI HILL JOINS SOLANO COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION Jay Speck, Solano County Superintendent of Schools, and the members of the Solano County Board of Education are pleased to announce the provisional appointment of Katherine Hill to fill the Board vacancy representing Trustee Area 7.

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Hill joins Solano board of education – Daily Republic

By Barry Eberling

Katherine Hill is the newest member of the Solano County Board of Education.

The board on Wednesday named Hill to fill the 7th Trustee Area seat vacated by Rozzana Verder-Aliga. Verder-Aliga resigned effective Jan. 7 after being elected to the Vallejo City Council.

Board members interviewed Hill at the meeting. She has a master’s degree in social work, coaches a girls softball team and coordinates community outreach activities, a board press release said.

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Solano board names Kathi Hill to succeed Rozzana Verder-Aliga – Vallejo Times Herald

By Lanz Christian Bañes

One way or another, Kathi Hill has always been in school.

Whether it was getting her degrees in social work, coaching her kids teams or running Planned Parenthoods Real Life Real Talk program at Vallejo High School, the Vallejo resident always seems to be on campus.

Perhaps that’s one reason the Solano County board of education appointed her as the new trustee for Area 7, representing the central and southeastern parts of Vallejo.

via Solano board names Kathi Hill to succeed Rozzana Verder-Aliga – Vallejo Times Herald.

Doug Ford: Motivation = education – The Reporter

By Doug Ford

Sergio Jaurez Correa is a fifth-grade math teacher in Matamoros, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas. The city of nearly a half million residents is “a flash point in the war on drugs.”

His school is next to a fetid canal and “a rotten smell drifts through the cement-walled classrooms.” After five years teaching “the government-mandated curriculum” that “was mind-numberingly boring to him and his students,” he was convinced in 2010 that he had to try something different. He started searching for ideas.

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Solano County schools also see drop in expulsion rates – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Vacaville-area educators say the number of students being suspended or expelled from public schools declined in the last year, reflecting a statewide effort to keep children in the classroom and learning.

In Vacaville Unified, some 700 students were suspended and eight were expelled in 2012-13, the year for which the most recent data is available, according to the state. The district’s suspension rate was 5.2 percent, based on a “cumulative enrollment” of 13,592, according to numbers provided by the California Department of Education in a report released Wednesday.

Overall in Solano County, where nearly 69,000 students were enrolled in public schools, the suspension rate was 9.4 percent, while the statewide percentage (based on nearly 6.5 mill

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County board of education to fill vacancy – Daily Republic

By Mike Corpos

The Solano County Board of Education is accepting applications to fill the board vacancy in Trustee Area 7.

The former representative, Rozzana Verder-Aliga, resigned after being elected to the Vallejo City Council.

Trustee Area 7 is composed of areas including central, south and northeastern Vallejo.

Although the board adjusted its trustee area boundaries in 2012 as a result of the Federal Census, by law a mid-term replacement must reside in the trustee area that was in place at the start of the departing board member’s term, in this case November 2011.

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SCOE’s Facebook Wall: SCOE’s Educators of the Year recognized by School Board

At its regular meeting on May 8, the SCOE Board of Education recognized: Sally Nishida, SCOE’s nominee for Solano County 2013-14 Teacher of the Year; Barbara Gomez, SCOE’s 2013-14 Classified Transportation Employee of the Year; Karin Ross, SCOE’s 2013-14 Classified Office and Technical Employee of the Year; and Geronimo Nunez, SCOE’s 2013-14 Classified Maintenance, Operation, and Facilities Employee of the Year. Not pictured: Barbara Johnson, SCOE’s nominee for 2013-14 Classified Employee of the Year.

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SCOE’s Facebook Wall: The Solano County School Boards Association held its annual dinner (photos)

The Solano County School Boards Association held its annual dinner at SCOE on April 29. The Association is made up of school board members from Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Travis, Vacaville, and Vallejo school boards. Dr. Jowel Laguerre, Superintendent/President of the Solano Community College District (SCC), and members of the SCC staff, gave a presentation on future facility plans for the college under recently passed Measure Q and recent legislative changes to the California community college system. After Dr. Laguerre’s presentation, the Association awarded scholarships to high school seniors who are planning on attending SCC in the fall.

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Daily Republic: Solano County approves election-year switch for schools

FAIRFIELD — Requests by five local school boards to switch from odd-year elections to even-year elections have the county’s blessing.

The Solano County Board of Supervisors has approval power over requests to change election years. On Tuesday, it voted in favor of requests by the Fairfield-Suisun, Vacaville, Benicia and Vallejo school districts and the county Office of Education.

However, the board doesn’t have full discretion over such requests. A county report said the board must grant them unless it finds that the county’s ballot style, voting equipment or computer capacity cannot handle additional elections or materials.

via County approves election-year switch for schools.

SCOE’s Facebook Wall: Want to learn how to integrate technology into the STEM++ classroom?

Want to learn how to integrate technology into the STEM++ classroom? Check out SCOE’s K-12 STEM++ In Action Workshop Plus Math. While this workshop will have a focus on Math, we will also look at 21st Century skills in all content areas that enhance the Common Core Standards.

Register by Wednesday, April 17 – more information: http://www.solanocoe.net/apps/events/2013/5/1/1216847/?id=0

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