VUSD to consider new proposal for Country High School – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Vacaville Unified School District has decided not to move forward with a plan to create two smaller credit recovery campuses at the Will C. Wood and Vacaville high school campuses.

Instead, the school board will be considering a new proposal to move Country High School to the Buckingham Charter Magnet High School campus, move Buckingham to the current Country High campus and merge Country High with the Ernest Kimme Charter Academy for Independent Learning, which will move into the building across the way, the district announced in a Facebook post.

The goal is for both programs to work together to bring more resources to students.

In September, the district announced that it was considering establishing smaller continuation campuses on the general education high school campuses for Country High students to take classes in self-contained classrooms. However, Country High students, parents and staff expressed concerns about this proposal — namely that Country High students benefited from being in a smaller campus away from the larger comprehensive campuses — at the Sept. 28 school board meeting and on social media.

Source: VUSD to consider new proposal for Country High School – The Reporter

Country High School community urges school board to not move campus operations – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

A discussion on a proposal to move Country High School’s operations to the comprehensive high school campuses may not have been on the agenda for Thursday’s school board meeting, as it was previously scheduled, but parents, teachers and students still took time to express their concerns.

On Sept. 16, Vacaville Unified School District Superintendent Jane Shamieh issued a letter to families announcing that the district was considering establishing two smaller continuation school campuses on the Vacaville and Will C. Wood high school campuses. Country High students would be assigned to a campus based on their area of residence and take classes in self-contained classrooms.

The district’s goals were to provide easier access to Career Technical Education courses for Country High students, allow CHS students to participate in lunch and extracurricular activities with their comprehensive high school peers and make it easier for them to transition back to their home campus if they finish up their credits.

Source: Country High School community urges school board to not move campus operations – The Reporter

VUSD postpones discussion of proposed Country High School changes – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

A discussion and action regarding the relocation of Country High School operations that was scheduled to be heard at Thursday’s school board meeting has been postponed, Vacaville Unified School District Superintendent Jane Shamieh announced in a letter Friday.

Earlier this week, VUSD announced it had agendized a discussion regarding a proposal to establish two smaller continuation campuses for Country High students on the grounds of Vacaville and Will C. Wood high schools. Shamieh wrote in the earlier letter that the goal was to give Country High students easier access to Career Technical Education courses and allow Country High students who were caught up on their credits to transition back to their home campuses to finish up their remaining credits for graduation.

Source: VUSD postpones discussion of proposed Country High School changes – The Reporter

SCOE leaders host Vaca public hearing about new trustee map – The Reporter

The story about Vacaville Unified’s new by-area trustee map, which will affect how governing board members are chosen in the future, is not quite finished.

The Solano County Committee, comprised of the Solano County Office of Education trustees, will host a public hearing today in Vacaville to review the newly configured elections map approved Nov. 29 by Vacaville Unified trustees.

The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. in the Catwalk Theater at Will C. Wood High, 998 Marshall Road, Vacaville.

Source: SCOE leaders host Vaca public hearing about new trustee map – The Reporter

Solano election results set– The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Solano’s November elections are in the books, the certified results approved Tuesday by the county’s Board of Supervisors.

In Northern Solano County, there were several close races to be had.

According to the approved results:

  • Michael E. Silva, Michele Shelley Dally and John Jansen won posts on the Vacaville Unified School District board;
  • Caitlin O’Halloran, John A. Gabby and Jewel Fink were the top vote-getters for the Dixon Unified School District board;
  • Riitta De Anda and Janet Jackson Forbes snagged seats on the Travis Unified School District Governing Board; and
  • Jane Day and Wanda Williams won Suisun City Council seats.

Source: Solano election results set, plaque approved honoring former longtime administrator – The Reporter

At VUSD, a public hearing and vote for by-area elections – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Marking a fundamental change in how governing board members are elected, Vacaville Unified leaders tonight will consider choosing a by-area trustee map and are expected to approve a transition from at-large to by-area elections.

The special governing board meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Educational Services Center, 401 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville.

Formal approval of a resolution, which will follow a public hearing about draft trustee-area boundary maps, comes more than two months after trustees declared their intent to switch to the by-area format, some 50 days after communitywide hearings on the matter, nearly two weeks after public hearings on the proposed maps, and more than 18 months after a Reporter opinion piece urged the governing board to approve by-area elections to avoid a potential lawsuit.

Source: At VUSD, a public hearing and vote for by-area elections – The Reporter

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.

1:55 a.m.

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