2 of 3 incumbents out in Suisun; incumbents carry day in Fairfield – Daily Republic

By Glen Faison

The Latest on results of Solano County elections as the polls close on Election Day and vote counts continue. County elections officials report the next update to the vote count will come at the end of the workday Wednesday.

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Fairfield Mayor Harry Price maintains a commanding lead in his race for re-election based on the latest Election Day results posted by the Solano County Elections Office.

Price has 61.3 percent of the vote with all of the city’s 35 precincts reporting at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. Challenger Aneta Wise has 37.88 percent.

Source: The Latest: 2 of 3 incumbents out in Suisun; incumbents carry day in Fairfield; Vacaville selects next mayor

Silva newest member of Vacaville school board – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Incumbents were positioned to carry the day Election Day along with one newcomer in the race for three seats on the Vacaville School District’s governing board.

Michele “Shelley” Dally and John Jansen will retain their seats on the board for the next four years based on unofficial results from Tuesday’s elections. Michael Silva will join them.

Dally had 10,369 votes (23.6 percent), Silva had 10,075 (22.94 percent) and Jansen took 9,641 votes (21.95 percent) as of 11 p.m. with 22 of 42 precincts reporting.

Source: Silva newest member of Vacaville school board; Dally, Jansen retain seats

VUSD leaders seek input for ‘by area’ elections map – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Vacaville Unified leaders seek public input about the school district’s “by-area” voting map, the first stages of which are still under development.

Facing the possibility of a lawsuit, district trustees on Sept. 20 passed a resolution declaring an intent to transition from an “at-large” to a by-area election system. The governing board’s decision came years after at least three other Solano County districts — Travis, Fairfield-Suisun and Vallejo City — switched to the by-area format, in which trustees represent certain city sectors rather than the entire district.

The ongoing forums continue today from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Place. Coffee and donuts will be served.

Source: VUSD leaders seek input for ‘by area’ elections map – The Reporter

Vacaville teachers announce candidate endorsements – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Familiar and not-so-familiar names are among candidates endorsed by the Vacaville Teachers Association for Vacaville and Solano county schools district posts up for grabs on Election Day, Nov. 6.

For the Vacaville Unified governing board, the 760-member union gave nods to incumbents John Jansen, a retired Vacaville firefighter, and Shelley Dally, a longtime educator and former school administrator. Solano Community College biotechnology professor Michael Silva received the educators’ endorsement for the third opening on the board overseeing the 14,000-student district.

“This was not an easy decision,” said Tracy Begley, VTA president. “Our members talked with everyone who sought our endorsement and, at the end of our process, we felt that John, Shelley and Michael would be the best candidates for us to support during this election cycle.”

Source: Vacaville teachers announce candidate endorsements – The Reporter

VUSD Board: Dally strives to continue service – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Michelle “Shelley” Dally has been on the Vacaville School Board since 2013 and wants to continue making a difference for future generations.

Because of her husband’s health issues, she has limited her time to helping him and governing on the board, which she said has become a huge help for her.

“I am dedicated to education and helping the system,” she said. “It has been my life.”

Source: Vacaville School Board: Dally strives to continue service

VUSD Board: Incumbent Jansen keeps focus on children’s education – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

John Jansen said he is not finished yet with his position on the Vacaville School Board.

The incumbent faces competition from challengers Khala Hastings, Kristina Bell and Michael E. Silva and another incumbent, Michele “Shelley” Dally. All are seeking three open seats.

Jansen is will aware of the changes ongoing in the schools with increased violence, limited funding and the need to keep children in school to get a good education.

Source: Vacaville School Board: Incumbent Jansen keeps focus on children’s education

VUSD Board: Hastings makes bid with focus on support, safety – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Khala Hastings is running for the Vacaville School District’s board of trustees for the first time. She brings focus to her campaign.

“I want to check on the kids and teachers and see what I can do to help them,” she said.

With five children, who attend three different school, the stay-at-home mom is versed in helping the schools with her volunteerism. She worked on the Vacaville Public Education Foundation as a volunteer from 2014 to 2017.

Source: Vacaville School Board: Hastings makes bid with focus on support, safety

VUSD Board: Bell looks at school safety as biggest concern for students – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Children’s safety is one of the biggest concerns for Kristina Bell, one of the candidates for the Vacaville School Board.

She noted that during the region’s wildfires last year, school bus drivers were wearing masks but students were not.

“Why didn’t the school let parents know that they needed them?” Bell said. “The schools should have better communication with the parents.”

Source: Vacaville School Board: Bell looks at school safety as biggest concern for students

VUSD Board: Silva focuses on path to ‘good-paying’ jobs – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Michael E. Silva looks to the future for students and hopes that being on the Vacaville School Board as one of trustees will help bring that to fruition.

“I really want to address how we use test scores,” he said. “Because there are other ways to show knowledge that students have.”

Silva sees the future in Vacaville as one where the students will be able to have good-paying jobs in the tech industry.

Source: Vacaville School Board: Silva focuses on path to ‘good-paying’ jobs

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

$1.6M in Measure A, Prop. 39 contracts on VUSD agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Vacaville Unified leaders, when they meet tonight, are expected to approve several large Measure A and Proposition 39 contracts totaling more than $1.6 million, plus pass a resolution calling for “full and fair funding of California’s public schools.”

The seven-member governing board will OK, in order, three Measure A contracts, including 1) a $272,000 agreement with Johnson Mechanical to replace the heating, ventilation and air condition systems in the Wood High administration building; 2) a $65,000 contract with American Asphalt & Resurfacing Co. for the seal coating projects at Vacaville High and Jepson Middle School; and 3) a $629,000 agreement with Sunterra Solar Inc. for solar panels atop the newly built E and M buildings at the West Monte Vista Avenue campus.

Source: $1.6M in Measure A, Prop. 39 contracts on VUSD agenda

VUSD teachers to get 1.5 percent pay hike – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Teachers and several nonunion employee groups are expected to receive a 1.5 percent wage hike in a new three-year contract, with teachers also expected to see sizable drops in their out-of-pocket medical premiums when Vacaville Unified leaders cast votes tonight during a special governing board meeting.

Tracy Begley, president of the 685-member Vacaville Teachers Association, confirmed the pay boost, which is retroactive to July 1.

The pay increase also will apply to some nonunionized employee groups, among them certificated administrators (principals), classified management (senior school-support employees) and confidential employees (those who manage confidential employee records and similar documents).

Source: Vacaville Unified School District teachers to get 1.5 percent pay hike

Markham modernization design, updated facility use fee rates on VUSD agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The Markham Elementary modernization project design, changes to the district’s facility use fee rate schedule and student absence verification methods are on the agenda when Vacaville Unified leaders meet Thursday.

The seven-member governing board is expected to approve the Markham project conceptual design, previously presented and aired at a March 15 meeting.

A Measure A project, it is set to break ground during summer 2019 and will cost nearly $36 million. The money will pay for a new classroom building, a new multipurpose room, upgrades to existing classrooms and removal of portable classrooms, among other things.

Measure A was the $194 million general obligation bond passed by district voters in November 2014, with the money to be used primarily to upgrade the district’s aging campuses, many of them more than 50 years old and several more than 60 years old.

Source: Markham modernization design, updated facility use fee rates on VUSD agenda

Vacaville USD leaders OK interim budget report, Santopadre contract – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The Vacaville Unified annual budget for the current year has come into greater focus with the second interim report aired Thursday in the Educational Services Center.

Jennifer Stahlheber, the chief business officer, presented the budget report and multiyear projections during a governing board meeting.

By law, California school districts must submit two interim budget reports for the current fiscal year, usually by mid-December and mid-March, to let state Department of Education officials know that they can pay their bills.

Stahlheber told trustees that the projected budget for the current academic year is some $120 million for a district with 12,600 students, nearly $2 million more than the first interim budget report. Expenses will outpace revenues by $7 million, leading to deficit spending. The ending fund balance is projected to be $16.5 million, the beginning fund balance $23.6 million, with mandatory prudent reserves of $3.6 million for economic uncertainties.

Source: Vacaville Unified School District leaders OK interim budget report, Santopadre contract

VUSD trustees to consider 2017-18 budget, administrator contract – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A conceptual design for the Markham Elementary modernization project, the second interim 2017-18 budget and a top administrator contract are on the agenda when Vacaville Unified leaders meet tonight.

District officials will tell the seven-member governing board that the Markham project, set to break ground during summer 2019, will cost nearly $36 million, and include a new classroom building, a new multipurpose room, upgrades to existing classrooms, and the removal of portable classrooms, among other things.

Using a slide presentation, officials will review the site committee process and discuss priorities.

Jennifer Stahlheber, the chief business officer, will present the second interim 2017-18 budget report and multiyear projections.

By law, California school districts must submit two interim budget reports for the current fiscal year, usually by mid-December and mid-March, to let state Department of Education officials know that they can meet their financial obligations.

Source: Vacaville Unified School District trustees to consider 2017-18 budget, administrator contract

Vacaville USD leaders air thoughts, feelings about Florida school shooting – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Human trafficking prevention, the possible funding of teacher effectiveness programs at two charter schools, and a report about Cooper Elementary were on the agenda when Vacaville Unified leaders met Thursday night in Vacaville.

But what was on many people’s minds, including the trustees, district staff and the general public during the governing board meeting were the Feb. 14 murders of 17 students and staff members by a deeply troubled former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., the nearly 20th U.S. school shooting since Jan. 1.

In her routine remarks at the meeting’s outset, Superintendent Jane Shamieh said “student safety and security” are “foremost” in the minds of district educators at all times.

Source: Vacaville Unified School District leaders air thoughts, feelings about Florida school shooting

Vacaville USD officials discuss human trafficking prevention – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Reporter headlines attest to the fact that awareness of human trafficking is on the rise and it is a local, national and global problem in need of a solution sooner rather than later.

Consider that a multi-agency human trafficking operation in late January in Fairfield yielded four arrests; Reporter columnists last month wrote about American Indian women and girls and foster children as being high risks for trafficking; a Sacramento man in mid-January was sentenced in Solano County Superior Court to three years in state prison for being involved in a human trafficking operation; and a Fairfield man suspected of trafficking a 16-year-old girl was arraigned Jan. 11 in Solano County Superior Court. All of these Reporter stories and opinion pieces were written during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

So, in some ways, it was no surprise during Thursday’s Vacaville Unified governing board meeting when Kim Forrest, assistant superintendent of student services, and Ramiro Barron, director of student attendance and welfare, discussed Assembly Bill 1227, the Human Trafficking Prevention, Education, and Training Act, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last fall.

Source: Vacaville Unified School District officials discuss human trafficking prevention

Retirement incentive program, two special ed contracts on VUSD agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A teacher retirement incentive program, a substitute classified employee salary schedule for the current year, and two major contracts for nursing services for two special-needs students are on the agenda when Vacaville Unified leaders meet Thursday.

The Vacaville Teachers Association has agreed to offer an early retirement program to members. If they submit nonrevocable resignation letters between Friday and Feb. 12, they will receive an extra $1,000 in their June 30 paycheck.

Trustees will consider the matter as a memorandum of understanding, dated Dec. 14, and are expected to approve it.

The seven-member governing board also likely will approve an adjustment to the substitute classified employee pay schedule, with pay rates, depending on the job (student monitor to payroll technician, for example), to range from $12.40 per hour to $18.90 per hour. It will take effect Thursday.

Source: Retirement incentive program, two special ed contracts on VUSD agenda

Special ed program the focus of Vacaville workshop tonight – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Vacaville Unified’s special education department, including its goals for the current year, funding and staffing levels, will be the primary focus of a special governing board workshop tonight in Vacaville.

Sasha Begell, the department director, and Kimberly Forrest, assistant superintendent of student services and special education, will make what appears to be a highly detailed presentation consisting of more than 80 computer-aided slides.

According to agenda documents, they will tell the seven-member governing board that the department’s focus for the 2017-18 is to improve communication and identify needs, stemming, in part, from the department’s “vision statement”: “Supporting student success through equitable access, collaboration and empowerment.”

Begell and Forrest will note the importance of “building relationships” among teachers, parents and administrators, by “validating and showing appreciation,” “being responsive and having difficult conversations with honesty,” and “establishing monthly meetings,” respectively.

Source: Special ed program the focus of Vacaville workshop tonight