Changing the rules to fill vacated seat on Vallejo school board agenda – Times-Herald

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

Changing the procedure for filling an empty board seat, the results of union negotiations, school closure recommendations and Measure S fund expenditures are among the issues on the agenda for Wednesday’s Vallejo City Unified School District board meeting.

District staff is recommending the Governing Board use the provisional appointment process to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of former trustee Marianne Kearney-Brown.

As it now stands, the board would appoint the fourth highest vote-getter in the last election, which was Christy Gardner. However, also on the agenda is changing Board Bylaw 9223, by removing the line, “When authorized by law to make a provisional appointment to fill a vacancy on the Board, the Board shall appoint the next highest candidate who received votes from the previous election.”

Source: Changing the rules to fill vacated seat on Vallejo school board agenda – Times-Herald

First 2019 Vallejo school board meeting to address seat vacated by Kearney-Brown – Times-Herald

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

Filling a spot on the Vallejo City Unified School District Governing Board unexpectedly vacated by its sitting president in December, is one top item on the agenda for the school district’s first regular board meeting of 2019.

Also, a policy change designed to make it easier for high school seniors to meet graduation criteria and another batch of proposed vendor contracts with the District, are also scheduled to be discussed.

The Jan. 9 meeting will be the first to include newly elected trustees John Fox and Tony Gross, who replace Burky Worel and Ruscal Cayangyang.

Source: First 2019 Vallejo school board meeting to address seat vacated by Kearney-Brown – Times-Herald

Vallejo school board faces hard choices in the new year – Times-Herald

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

With the especially contentious 2018 behind them, the leadership of the Vallejo City Unified School District say they’re hopeful 2019 will produce better, less explosive results, though it continues to face an uphill financial landscape.

“There will be a collaborative effort from the board and district leadership to engage with our stakeholders to address the needs of our students,” Superintendent Adam Clark said. “We are excited about the progress we have made so far and look forward to a positive 2019.”

Source: Vallejo school board faces hard choices in the new year – Times-Herald

2018 was a year of transition for the city of Vallejo – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

Change was the theme for the city of Vallejo as residents voted out three local elected leaders in November, the community watched as the city positioned itself for future development, and City Hall was awash with new faces.

Community advocate Hakeem Brown was elected to the Vallejo City Council during the Nov. 6 election, coming in first place with 23,288 votes or 28.88 percent, and coming out ahead of the three incumbents seeking re-election to the council.

While councilwomen Katy Miessner and Pippin Dew-Costa each secured a new four-year term on the City Council, Brown’s victory knocked Vallejo Councilman Jess Malgapo from the dais. Malgapo’s departure is probably the biggest shock of the election after he ran a highly successful council campaign in 2013, which saw him place first.

Source: 2018 was a year of transition for the city of Vallejo – Times-Herald

2018 was a volatile year for Vallejo schools – Times-Herald

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

Many Vallejo City Unified School District observers might be experiencing a sense of relief to see 2018 wind down, with 2019 promising a new attitude on its Board of Trustees, and an influx of funds to improve deteriorating facilities.

The year just ending was a bumpy one for the Vallejo school district, though most of the turbulence was not on campus, but, rather, at the board meetings.

Irreconcilable differences between some board members was evident in 2018, and led to board president Burkey Worel resigning that post in July, to finish out his term as a Trustee.

Source: 2018 was a volatile year for Vallejo schools – Times-Herald

New Vallejo Unified School Board members sworn in – Times-Herald

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

If there’s one thing just about everyone who keeps up with the Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Trustees agrees on, it’s that the board is in need of a culture adjustment.

With the swearing in of the newly elected trustees on Wednesday, some think that change is already under way.

“It’s a new dawn for our school board with the swearing in of John Fox, Tony Gross and Tony Ubalde,” said Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan on Facebook. “Do what’s right for the students and Vallejo. We see great things happening with the new makeup of our school board!!”

Source: New Vallejo Unified School Board members sworn in – Times-Herald

Vallejo school district, teachers union, re-open negotiations – Times-Herald

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

A special meeting of the Vallejo City Unified School District is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to adopt the initial joint re-opener proposals for the Vallejo Education Association.

The meeting will be held in the District’s Governing Board Room, 665 Walnut Avenue, with a public session sometime after 7:30 p.m., according to the meeting agenda.

GiGi Patrick will present the initial joint re-opener proposals for 2018-2019 year from the Vallejo City Unified School District (VCUSD) and the Vallejo Education Association (VEA).

All initial proposals of exclusive representatives and of public school employers, which relate to matters within the scope of representation, are required by law to be presented at the public meeting of the public school employer “and shall thereafter be public record,” according to the agenda.

Source: Vallejo school district, teachers union, re-open negotiations – Times-Herald

Kearney-Brown’s resignation as Vallejo school board president not yet official – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

It appears that Vallejo school board President Marianne Kearney-Brown may have not officially resigned from the school board, after all.

Kearney-Brown confirmed to the Times-Herald on Thursday night that earlier in the day she sent a resignation letter, via email, to Vallejo City Unified School District Superintendent Adam Clark and board Vice President Bob Lawson.

However, according to the district’s board bylaw 9222, a written resignation letter from a trustee needs to be sent to the Solano County Superintendent of Schools.

Source: Kearney-Brown’s resignation as Vallejo school board president not yet official – Times-Herald

Vallejo school board president resigns – Times-Herald

By Vallejo Times Herald

Vallejo City Unified School District President Marrianne Kearney-Brown has resigned from the board, she confirmed Thursday evening.

Kearney-Brown said she sent an email letter of resignation to board vice president Robert Lawson and Superintendent Adam Clark. The move comes after a contentious school board meeting on Wednesday where she walked out.

Source: Vallejo school board president resigns – Times-Herald

Vallejo school district to wrestle with budget concerns – Times-Herald

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

Though still trying to meet a Dec. 15 deadline, Vallejo Unified School District staff will be asking the board to ask Solano County for an extension for turning in its required financial audit materials at Wednesday’s meeting.

The Education Code allows for extensions for completing an audit under the right circumstances, but the district needs to get the request to the county in time for the county to make the request to the State Controller’s Office and the California Department of Education by Dec. 15.

Trustees will also review and consider approving the district’s First Interim Report for 2018-19, as required by Assembly Bills 1200 and 2756. This is a mid-term financial report as of Oct. 31 that reflects the district’s current revenue and expenditure projections through June 30, 2019.

Source: Vallejo school district to wrestle with budget concerns at board meeting – Times-Herald

VCUSD Superintendent performance evaluation special meeting today – Times-Herald

A special meeting of the Vallejo City Unified School District is planned for 10 a.m. today — Monday, Nov. 26 — to do Superintendent Adam Clark’s overdue Performance Evaluation.

This will be done in closed session, with a public session to follow, to report any reportable actions taken during the closed session.

There are also a few vendor contracts the board will be asked to either accept or decline at this meeting, including one between the Vallejo City Unified School District.

Source: VCUSD Superintendent performance evaluation special meeting today – Times-Herald

A changed vote expected on charter high school petition – Times-Herald

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

Outgoing Vallejo City Unified School District trustee Ruscal Cayangyang wants to change his vote rejecting the Griffin Academy High School, so the board plans to rescind that decision and vote on the matter again, at Wednesday’s meeting.

At last week’s meeting, Griffin Academy’s petition to establish a charter high school associated with Vallejo’s MIT Academy, from which students could simultaneously earn a diploma and an AA degree from Contra Costa Community College, was defeated 3-2, with Cayangyang on the prevailing side.

A comprehensive review of the application found Griffin mostly in compliance with legal requirements, but some issues remained, including lackluster math scores among 11th graders at MIT, decreasing enrollment, and “differences in demographics of student enrollment between other school operated by petitioner and Vallejo City Unified School District.

Source: A changed vote expected on charter high school petition at Wednesday meeting – Times-Herald

Fox, Gross, Ubalde elected to Vallejo school board – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

The people of Vallejo have entrusted one of the five Vallejo school board seats to teacher John Fox.

It wasn’t much of a contest as Fox has received 15,731 votes — establishing a comfortable lead over the seven other candidates vying for three board seats up for grabs, according to unofficial vote totals reported on the Solano County Registrar of Voters’ webpage.

“Thank you citizens of Vallejo for believing in my campaign, my message and in me. Though the election results aren’t final, I am humbled by the show of support,” Fox wrote on his campaign’s Facebook page. “We have a lot of work to do to bring about needed positive change to the Vallejo School Board, that which we were all promised two years ago.”

Source: Fox, Gross, Ubalde elected to Vallejo school board – Times-Herald

Kearney-Brown’s status to be discussed at VCUSD meeting – Times-Herald

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

Agreements with its unions, approval of the Griffin Academy High School, and a possible changing of the guard on the dais are scheduled for discussion at the Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday.

The issue of whether Marianne Kearney-Brown, who ascended to the board president position when Burky Worel resigned a few meetings ago, will be able to retain that post, is on the meeting’s agenda. Trustees will also discuss electing a new vice president in case there is a change.

The approval of Griffin Academy, which is connected to the MIT Academy charter school, would have no impact on the current budget but will likely negatively impact revenues beginning in the 2020-2021 fiscal year, due to loss of student average daily attendance.

Source: Kearney-Brown’s status to be discussed at VCUSD meeting – Times-Herald

Local residents ready to go to the polls – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

Election day is finally here as local residents decide on City Council races in Benicia and Vallejo, as well as positions on the Vallejo City Unified School District board as well as the Benicia school board.

Vallejo City Council incumbents Pippin Dew, Katy Miessner, along with Jess Malgapo are all seeking re-election to the seven-person City Council.

All three were elected in 2013. On that same ballot, Vallejo residents approved an amendment to the city’s charter moving the council elections from odd to even years.

Source: Local residents ready to go to the polls – Times-Herald

Vallejo school board campaigns rack up $18,938 in cash since Sept. 23 – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

Six of the eight Vallejo school board candidates racked up a combined $18,938 in cash between Sept. 23 through Oct. 20, according to financial records submitted to the Solano County Registrar of Voters Office.

Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education incumbent Tony Ubalde’s re-election campaign picked up the most monetary contributions with $5,550 during that month period.

The campaign received $1,000 donations each from the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, and Dutra Cerro Graden, a commercial real estate firm.

The firm’s CEO is Landis Graden, former Vallejo planning commissioner and 2016 mayoral candidate.

Source: Vallejo school board campaigns rack up $18,938 in cash since Sept. 23 – Times-Herald

Vallejo school board candidates’ forum available for viewing – Times-Herald

By Vallejo Times Herald

Residents seeking more information about the Vallejo school board candidates are encouraged to view the Citizens for Vallejo candidates’ forum held on Sept. 30, the group announced.

Recorded by Marc Garman, the videotaped forum has been edited and is now available for viewing at the CFV website — www.citizensforvallejo.net.

“Learn more about the candidates positions. Watch the candidates speak on issues of importance to the Vallejo school district,” CFV officials said in a news release. “This may be your last opportunity to hear these candidates views on the Measure S school bond, district hiring, student absenteeism, solving the district’s deficit and charter schools, a few issues addressed at the forum.”

Officials said that seven of the eight candidates participated in the forum. Questions were prepared in advance by CFV and selected from the attending audience, they added.

Source: Vallejo school board candidates’ forum available for viewing – Times-Herald

Addressing test scores, staffing update at VCUSD meeting – Times-Herald

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

How the Vallejo City Unified School District is going to address its students’ poor standardized test scores is scheduled for discussion at Wednesday’s school board meeting.

Some of the other items include the district’s business office action plan, a progress report on its plan for increasing the number of students graduating college and/or career ready and an update on staffing.

A report on the California School Dashboard — data reported through the state information systems and by local districts, which is required to be updated by Nov. 16, is also on the agenda as are a slew of contracts with outside vendors.To qualify for its $4 million in federal funds, state law requires district schools to develop single school plans for student achievement, aimed at bringing all students’ academic performance to state standards level. Only Vallejo Charter School has developed a Local Control Accountability Plan instead. The plans must be reviewed annually and submitted to the Governing Board for approval.

Source: Addressing test scores, staffing update at VCUSD meeting – Times-Herald

Newly tenured teachers, more vendors on tap for VCUSD’s board meeting – Times-Herald

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

The Vallejo City Unified School District’s Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday will include an update on teacher staffing; a list of those who have attained tenure, certifying this year’s teaching materials, work to be done at various sites and another slew of contracts with outside vendors.

The meeting will also recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Bullying Prevention Month.

The Education Code stipulates what Governing Boards must do to receive funds for textbooks and instructional materials and to expend those funds. Resolution No. ­2874 is presented to the Governing Board to provide for the annual certification for 2018-2019 school year. Its adoption permits the district to use this school year’s state instructional materials funds, which is estimated to be approximately $600,000.

Source: Newly tenured teachers, more vendors on tap for VCUSD’s board meeting – Times-Herald

Vallejo School Board to elect new vice president – Times-Herald

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

The election of a new vice president, in the wake of former president Burky Worel’s resignation, will be among the topics discussed at the regular Governing Board of Education meeting at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday).

Also on tap: Officially recognizing CC and Amber Sabathia for their help to students, as well as another list of recommended contracts between vendors and the Vallejo City Unified School District.

Superintendent Adam Clark will make the case for recognizing CC and Amber Sabathia Day for their PitCCH In Foundation’s ongoing distribution of backpacks and supplies to Vallejo students — most recently 1,800 at Vallejo High School and one to every 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade VCUSD student and to every student at Cooper Elementary School. Since its inception, the PitCCh In Foundation has donated more than 47,000 backpacks to students, saving parents hundreds of dollars.

Source: Vallejo School Board to elect new vice president – Times-Herald