Vallejo trustees holding special workshop Wednesday – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Team building, identifying district strengths and weaknesses, and evaluating the superintendent are all before the Vallejo school board during a special workshop Wednesday.

Leadership Associates — the firm hired to conduct the recent district superintendent search — will host the workshop. Trustees will also identify 2017-18 fiscal year priorities and goals, along with holding an initial discussion regarding strategies of building a strong governance team, according to the board’s agenda.

The workshop’s cost, $2,500, will be paid from the district’s general fund.

A closed session to evaluate district Superintendent Adam Clark’s performance is slated to take place at the end of the workshop.

The Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education will meet at 1 p.m., Wednesday, inside the Governing Board Room, 665 Walnut Avenue on Mare Island.

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Vallejo trustees to mull over polling contract – Times Herald

By John Glidden

For the third time in five years, the Vallejo school board is expected to seek input from residents about a possible school bond.

Vallejo City Unified School District staff is recommending the board approve a contract Wednesday night with the firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3)for public opinion polling services.

The contract will cost the district between $23,000 to $33,000 and be paid for from the facilities general fund budget, staff said.

 

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Vallejo school board adopts DACA resolution – Times Herald

In a swift 4-0 vote, with Trustee Burky Worel absent, the board approved a resolution expressing the district’s support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Members of President Donald Trump’s administration announced in early September it would wind down the Obama-era program which offered relief and work permits to about 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally.

“This announcement discourages students, especially undocumented students, from attending schools, as is their legal right,” the Vallejo City Unified School District resolution reads. “This creates a negative fiscal impact to schools, and jeopardizes the ability of schools to prepare students for the demands of the 21st century.”

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Vallejo school board asked to support DACA resolution – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Nearly eight months after passing a resolution declaring the Vallejo school district a safe haven for immigrants, trustees are expected to mull over a resolution Wednesday declaring support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

President Donald Trump’s administration announced in early September it would wind down the program which offered relief and work permits to about 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally.

“This announcement discourages students, especially undocumented students, from attending schools, as is their legal right,” the Vallejo City Unified School District resolution reads. “This creates a negative fiscal impact to schools, and jeopardizes the ability of schools to prepare students for the demands of the 21st century.”

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Vallejo school board begins work on possible 2018 bond measure – Times Herald

By John Glidden

The Vallejo school board will spend up to $50,000 to prepare the district for a possible run at a school bond in 2018.

A cadre of parents, educators, and community members attended the school board meeting Wednesday night recommending the trustees support the move, which includes working with bond counsel and district financial analysts, and advertising a Request for Qualifications (RFP) for qualified bond polling/information services, and communications/strategy consultants.

In the 4-1 vote, with Trustee Marianne Kearney-Brown opposed, the board further authorized district staff to “develop and initiate a plan of action with regular board updates and authorizations” regarding updating the facilities master plan and an implementation plan. Staff will also determine the type and amount of any possible bond as well.

 

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Goldstone to be honored; Vallejo school board to receive info on possible bond – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Almost two decades after he was unceremoniously removed as superintendent, Steve Goldstone will be honored by the Vallejo school board Wednesday night.

The board of trustees is expected to approve a resolution thanking Goldstone for serving as interim superintendent of the Vallejo City Unified School District for the past five months.

Goldstone was hired in April after trustees fired former superintendent Ramona Bishop without cause in March.

“Dr. Goldstone will be truly missed by current school board members, teachers, staff, and the people of Vallejo for his personal contributions as someone who is positive, supportive, respectful, and having a deep sense of integrity in all that he does with students, staff, and the school board,” the resolution states. “His broad and lengthy educational experience and awareness, quite classiness, and quick wit will be missed by many.”

He previously served as VCUSD superintendent from 1995 until 2000, when he was fired by a majority of the then-board.

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Vallejo school board hires new superintendent – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Adam Clark, an associate superintendent in the Antioch school system, has been tapped to lead the Vallejo City Unified School District.

In a 4-1 vote, the Vallejo school board officially named Clark to the chief executive position during its meeting Wednesday night.

Clark replaces interim Superintendent Steve Goldstone, who was hired in April to serve as a bridge to a new CEO after longtime District Superintendent Ramona Bishop was fired for undisclosed reasons in March.

“As the new superintendent, I am thrilled to join the VCUSD community as we work collaboratively to honor the past, celebrate the present, and plan for a successful future for our students, staff, schools, and community,” Clark read from a prepared statement after the vote. “I look forward to working with the governing board and leadership team to establish a team-oriented professional relationship to support the district’s vision and mission.”

Clark currently serves as the Antioch Unified School District’s associate superintendent for educational services — a position he has held for about

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Vallejo school board set to hire new superintendent – Times Herald

By John Glidden

The Vallejo school board is expected to announce the hiring of a new permanent district superintendent during its meeting Wednesday night.

Trustees met in closed session at the Antioch Unified School District on Aug. 28 to interview a potential candidate for the position.

The name of the applicant has not been released by the district.

A divided board in March fired longtime superintendent Ramona Bishop.

Trustees Tony Ubalde and Burky Worel opposed the firing, while trustees Bob Lawson, Marianne Kearney-Brown, and Ruscal Cayangyang approved.

Divided along the same lines, the board in May approved the hiring of Leadership Associates to assist the district in selecting a new superintendent.

The firm was the most expensive from a group of four firms interviewed, and will cost the district $32,500.

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Vallejo school board opposes bell time legislation – Times Herald

By John Glidden

The Vallejo school board voted Wednesday to send a resolution to Sacramento opposing Senate Bill 328 which would require middle and high schools to begin the school day no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Introduced last February by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D) — La Cañada Flintridge, in Los Angeles County — the legislation, if approved, stipulates that districts must comply with the law before July 1, 2020.

Board Vice President Burky Worel said the Vallejo City Unified School District, along with other districts, will lose local control over the issue if the bill becomes law.

“The state is trying to mandate yet another thing to every district,” Worel said.

Worel said “each community is different.”

“If we want to come earlier that is our choice,” Worel added.

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Vallejo trustees narrow search for new superintendent – Times Herald

By John Glidden

A candidate has been identified as the next possible Vallejo school district superintendent, trustees announced this week.

The Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education met in closed session over two days last week interviewing several candidates.

“The board conducted two rounds of interviews and then identified a candidate for further review,” Trustee Marianne Kearney-Brown wrote in a news release to the Times-Herald.

The candidate is expected to make a site visit to the district.

Additional vetting of the candidate will occur and the board is “in the process of selecting representatives of key stakeholder groups to participate in the site visit.”

“After this additional work is completed, the board will determine whether to offer a contract or conduct additional interviews,” the release further states.

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Vallejo school trustees asked to approve several RFPs – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Several request for proposals are before the Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education for approval this week.

Trustees are being asked to solicit RFPs for new fencing at numerous school sites, including Vallejo Charter School, Cave Language Academy, Wardlaw, Cooper, Highland, Patterson, and Widenmann elementary schools. Hogan middle, along with Jesse Bethel and John Finney high schools are also expected to receive new fencing.

“In alignment with the district’s goal to provide a safe and supportive environment for all students, it is necessary to replace existing fencing and add new fencing to certain areas throughout the district,” staff wrote.

Work would include installing 6-foot wrought iron fences, and/or 5- and 6-foot chain link fencing.

 

Source: Vallejo school trustees asked to approve several RFPs

Vallejo school board declines to support computer resolution – Times Herald

By John Glidden

The Vallejo City Unified School District will continue to buy new and refurbished computers.

Meeting on Aug. 2, the board of education declined to support a resolution directing district staff to purchase only used computers for classroom and office use during fiscal year 2017-18.

Board Vice President Burky Worel brought forth the resolution, admitting he only did so to put his fellow trustees on record regarding their respective beliefs on the issue.

The handful of teachers who addressed the board offered different reasons on why refurbished computers would not be helpful to students. One teacher said the used computers may not be physically capable of withstanding use in a classroom, nor have the ability to run the needed specific programs.

Former Vallejo trustee Hazel Wilson registered her disapproval with the resolution, stating it would not help the district save money.

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Vallejo school board to interview superintendent candidates – Times Herald

The Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education is holding two special closed session meetings starting Thursday to interview possible candidates for the permanent superintendent position.

The closed session meetings are scheduled for 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, at the Marriott Vallejo Napa Valley, 1000 Fairgrounds Drive in Vallejo.The public will have an opportunity to address the board both days before the trustees enter into the closed session.

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Vallejo school board to meet with search firm – Times Herald

By John Glidden

The Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education will hold its first public interaction with the superintendent search firm it hired last month.

A divided board in May approved the hiring of Leadership Associates to assist the district in selecting a new district CEO after a majority of the trustees voted in March to fire long-time superintendent Ramona Bishop.

During the special Wednesday meeting, trustees will meet with the firm to discuss an overview of the search process, finalize a time line, talk about the desired qualities and characteristics of a superintendent, and identify groups and individuals for community and district staff input.

In recent months, the board has been split 3-2 on numerous issues, including firing Bishop in mid-March. Trustees Tony Ubalde and Burky Worel opposed the firing, while trustees Bob Lawson, Marianne Kearney-Brown, and Ruscal Cayangyang approved.

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Divided Vallejo school board picks superintendent search firm – Times Herald

By John Glidden

A familiar 3-2 split of the Vallejo school board once again surfaced as trustees interviewed superintendent search firms during a special meeting Tuesday night.

After receiving presentations from four firms, a 20-minute board discussion culminated into accusations of one trustee “yelling” and that board member accusing three other trustees of collusion.

The trouble began after Vallejo City Unified School District Board President Ruscal Cayangyang recommended the trustees take action at the next school board meeting.

In response, Trustee Tony Ubalde objected, stating the special meeting agenda clearly stated the board would take action Tuesday. This prompted Trustee Bob Lawson to give an amplified “bingo” from the dais.

Later in the discussion, Trustee Marianne Kearney-Brown expressed support for Cayangyang’s recommendation, stating she would like to “fact check” the firms.

 

Source: Divided Vallejo school board picks superintendent search firm

Vallejo school board approves new charter – Times Herald

By John Glidden

A petition to open a new charter school in the city won approval by the Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education during a May 3 meeting.

The petition — submitted by Mare Island Technology Academy officials — earned unanimous support from the VCUSD board. The Griffin Academy Middle School will be the third MIT charter in the city of Vallejo, joining a middle and high school.

Much of the board discussion centered around whether the charter should receive an initial three-year or five-year term.

Cheri Summers, the district’s chief academic officer, said staff recommended three years after noting the petition lacked depth and detail in certain areas but was still “technically compliant” with state law.

Lynne Vaughan, who serves on the MIT Academy Board of Directors, asked the board to consider giving the new charter a five-year term. She addressed the concerns of staff which focused mainly around the school’s learning program.

 

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Vallejo school board to decide numerous items – Times Herald

By John Glidden

A charter school petition, Internet services, and creation of an advisory committee to assist with selection of a superintendent search firm are all before the Vallejo City Unified School District Governing Board Wednesday night.

District staff is recommending trustees approve an application for a third Mare Island Technology charter school. If approved, the MIT Griffin Academy Middle School will have an initial charter from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

MIT currently operates two charters: A middle school and high school.

• Also before the board is a proposed 10-year agreement with Zayo Networks to provide Internet services for the district. The VCUSD currently pays $31,200 per year to AT&T for Internet and phone services, a student information system, site surveillance, paging systems, clocks, fiscal accounting and online curriculum.

 

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Vallejo school district seeks help with superintendent search – Times Herald

By John Glidden

The search for a new superintendent to lead the Vallejo City Unified School District will go before the board Wednesday. Trustees will mull over a recommendation to spend at least $10,000 to advertise a request for proposals (RFP) in an effort to find a firm which will assist the district in selecting a permanent superintendent.

The district anticipates hiring a firm by June 1, with a goal of having a permanent superintendent by Sept. 1, 2017, according to the RFP.

In a 3-2 vote last month, the board, without cause, terminated the contract of District Superintendent Ramona Bishop. Bishop had served in the position for nearly six years.

Trustees recently named Stephen Goldstone as interim district superintendent. Goldstone is no stranger to the district having served as superintendent from 1995 to 2000 before he was fired by the then-school board.

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Vallejo School board names former superintendent as interim – Times Herald

By John Glidden

A familiar face is returning to lead the Vallejo City Unified School District.

In a unanimous vote Monday night, the school board named Stephen Goldstone as interim district superintendent.

Goldstone is no stranger to the district having served as superintendent from 1995 to 2000 before he was fired by the then-school board.

Speaking to the board after being named interim, Goldstone said he sees himself as bridge between permanent superintendents.

“I see my role as building a bridge from where you are now, from the good things that are in this district, from where Dr. Bishop left this district, building a bridge to your new superintendent,” he said.

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Vallejo school board to meet during special meeting Tuesday – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Facing a projected budget deficit for at least the next two fiscal years, the Vallejo City Unified School District Board is convening a special meeting Tuesday afternoon to receive information about the district’s financial health.

VCUSD staff is projected the district’s expenditures will exceed its revenues by about $4.7 million for fiscal year 2017-18.

The deficit spending is projected to continue for fiscal year 2018-19, with VCUSD receiving about $147 million in revenues while its expenditures top $150 million.

The board will also receive information about a district plan to slash $3.6 million from the upcoming budget to lessen the deficit impact in fiscal year 2017-18.

Prior to the budget discussions, the board is expected to begin the meeting in closed session to address potential administrative reassignments.

 

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