Will C. Wood hosts grand opening for Wildcat Stadium – The Reporter

By Michael Morris

Spirited students and faithful fans simultaneously turned a page in the school’s history as Will C. Wood held its long-awaited grand opening of Wildcat Stadium.

Students, school faculty and generations of Wood grads flocked to the stands and around the 50-yard line of the newly christened stadium to celebrate the completion of the highly anticipated venture. As the sea of supporters assembled in the stands and on the field, while soaking in the pristine scene shortly after 3:30 p.m., Wood Associated Student Body President Austin McLellan and 2017 WCW graduate Issac Stevens welcomed those in attendance and voiced their unrivaled elation for the special occasion.

Source: Will C. Wood hosts grand opening for Wildcat Stadium

Will C. Wood students celebrate new stadium – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

At the end of the school day Thursday, students at Will C. Wood were welcomed home – but not in the way they are on every other day.

Rather than spill out through the streets of Vacaville en route to their residences, the students piled into the school’s newly constructed athletics stadium, a feature that has been missing since it became a high school in 1989.

Thanks to funding made possible by the voter-passed Measure A, Will C. Wood students, for the first time, walked into a stadium built for their teams, decked out in their colors and sporting their school name and logo.“Look at this. It’s just awesome,” said Wood graduate Issac Stevens.

Source: Will C. Wood students celebrate new stadium

$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

Vallejo trustees get first look at proposed $194 million bond – Times Herald

By John Glidden

It’s an election year, so the quest by the Vallejo school district to get a school bond passed is in full swing.

Trustees will get their first look Wednesday at the district’s newest proposal: Placement of a $194 million school bond on the November ballot.

Bond proceeds would be used to repair classrooms, update science, computer, and technology labs, and improve security, fire safety and electrical and plumbing systems, according to the draft ballot language.

In addition, bond monies would be allocated to the independent charter school Mare Island Technology Academy for site improvements.

District staff estimates the Vallejo City Unified School District requires about $750 million for school facility needs and improvements.

Source: Vallejo trustees get first look at proposed $194 million bond

School board to hear update on Measure S bond progress – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

The Benicia Unified School District is currently discussing how best to use the remaining funds in the Measure S budget. A quarterly update on the Measure S bond will be delivered at Thursday’s school board meeting.

Measure S is an initiative approved by Benicia voters in 2014 to provide $49.6 million in bond funding for renovation and upgrades of school facilities. As of now, 11 projects funded by Measure S have been completed, including playground upgrades at all the elementary schools, repairing the roofs at Benicia Middle School and Mary Farmar Elementary School, upgrading the phone systems at all schools, replacing the softball field bleachers at Benicia High School, replacing the fire alarms at Benicia Middle and Benicia High, and renovating the Benicia High stadium.

Source: School board to hear update on Measure S bond progress

Red-letter day on the way for Will C. Wood stadium – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

It’s Day 2 and counting.

In a little more than 48 hours, students, faculty, Vacaville Unified leaders, and the Vacaville community will mark a milestone day in the history of Will C. Wood High.

More than 12 months since groundbreaking — and nearly four years since the passage of Measure A — work on the new $16 million Wildcat Stadium will come down Thursday to some likely ongoing final details and a celebratory grand opening.

Source: Red-letter day on the way for Will C. Wood stadium

Solano Middle School gets a shiny new makeover in Vallejo – Times Herald

By Katy St. Clair

It’s not often that a middle school is buzzing with activity on a Saturday — usually there’s only tumbleweeds. But on Saturday there were more than 100 people at Solano Middle School in Vallejo to give it what can only be called the “community HGTV” treatment.

Rebuilding Together Solano pulled together a bunch of sponsors and helping hands to completely revamp the campus, from stem to stern. Crews cleared out old brush and pruned hedges, planted water-tolerant gardens, and power-washed the outside and squeegeed windows.

Detailed cleaning of doors, chairs, and just about every other surface was also undertaken. The gymnasium was an anthill of volunteers scrubbing away at the risers. Others were on their hands and knees in the courtyard, yanking those last few weeds.

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Will C. Wood to induct HOF class, hold stadium grand opening – Daily Republic

By Paul Farmer

In the span of five days Will C. Wood High will celebrate its past and take a giant step into the future.

The school will induct the class of 2018 into the Will C. Wood Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Ulatis Community Center and hold a grand opening celebration for its new Wildcat Stadium at the corner of Marshall and Peabody roads on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Being inducted into the Thor Jensen, the only wrestling coach the school has had; Rochelle Jagdeo, M.D. (soccer, volleyball, track and field); Dathan Miller (wrestling, football); Darian Morton (football, track and field); Bob and Geri Zagata (athletic program contributors); and Marvin Brown (track, football, basketball).

Source: Will C. Wood to induct HOF class, hold stadium grand opening

District board to consider $7.8M work at Dan O. Root campus – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Members of the Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board will consider a raft of projects Thursday to update one of the district’s campuses.

Board members will be asked to approve a lease-leaseback agreement between the district and Landmark Constructions for $7.8 million to expand food prep facilities, administration renovations and campus-wide HVAC and fire alarm upgrades at the Dan O. Root Health & Wellness Academy.

New play areas and a shade structure will also be constructed as a part of this project.

Source: District board to consider $7.8M work at Dan O. Root campus

Vallejo trustees asked to approve air monitoring units – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Fifteen air monitoring units may be installed around various sites within the Vallejo City Unified School District soon.

The VCUSD Board of Education will be asked Wednesday to approve an agreement with the Regents of the University of California, Berkeley on behalf of the Berkeley Atmospheric CO2 Observation Network (BEACO2N) program for the installation of observation units to measure the amount of carbon dioxide in the area.

The district’s administrative building on Mare Island, along with Jesse Bethel and John Finney high schools and Franklin and Solano middle schools, will each receive an air monitor.

Source: Vallejo trustees asked to approve air monitoring units

Fairfield-Suisun board to consider cuts to scope of Measure J work – Daily Republic

By Glen Faison

Members of the Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board will meet Tuesday for a study session to consider how rising costs may whittle away at future Measure J projects.

The notion of “something for all schools” – a foundational element to the campaign that led to Measure J’s passage – may fall by the wayside as a result.

Natural disasters and what a district staff summary describes as unprecedented levels of construction associated with local bonds in California are contributing to an increase in the cost of materials and labor across the state.

Bids for current district facilities projects are up to 40 percent higher than estimates from just a few months ago, according to the staff summary.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun board to consider cuts to scope of Measure J work

FSUSD agenda: Low-bid roofing contract and reductions – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A roofing bid and the reduction of certain classified, or school-support, jobs are on the agenda when the Fairfield-Suisun Unified governing board meets Thursday in Fairfield.

The seven-member governing board likely will approve Alcal Specialty Contracting, a roofing firm with main offices in Sacramento, as the low bidder for roofing projects set for Cleo Gordon Elementary, the Public Safety Academy, Sullivan Interagency and Armijo High’s welding shop, for a total of about $1.8 million.

Robert Martinez, assistant superintendent of human resources, will make the presentation about reducing certain classified, or school-support, jobs.

Source: FSUSD agenda: Low-bid roofing contract and reduction in school-support jobs

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

Facilities Master Plan up for review by Travis Unified School District – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Recommendations for the district’s Facilities Master Plan and clarification of the January cash payment of health and welfare benefits to unionized employees are on the agenda when Travis Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Superintendent Pamela Conklin and Cathy Dominico, of Capitol PFG, a Sacramento financial advisory firm, will update the five-member governing board about the latest changes to the Facilities Master Plan, a 71-page document that will guide the district’s future capital construction and major remodeling projects.

The latest document comes after the Oct. 20 adoption of the master plan, which trustees directed administrators to set up a committee to review the capital needs for the Fairfield district. It includes two Vacaville elementary schools, Cambridge and Foxboro, and six other campuses, including Golden West Middle School and Vanden High.

Source: Facilities Master Plan up for review by Travis Unified School District

Fairfield-Suisun school board to hear request for $500,000 in security upgrade funds – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Fairfield-Suisun School District facilities subcommittee is asking for a one-time augmentation of $500,000 for safety and security upgrades to the district’s campuses.

The request will be made at 6 p.m. Thursday during the Fairfield-Suisun School District’s governing board meeting at 2490 Hilborn Road.

The subcommittee also recommends adjustments to board policy that all classrooms are to remain locked at all times.

Board members will hear about increasing campus security through security cameras and evaluating and upgrading main campus entrances, fencing and gates; and upgrading door locks and revising district standards for types of locks in classrooms, offices, libraries, multipurpose rooms, gyms and other areas.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school board to hear request for $500,000 in security upgrade funds

Dixon Unified School District to discuss using contraband dogs – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The 2017-18 second interim budget, a Measure Q update, and the use of contraband dogs on district school grounds are on the agenda when Dixon Unified leaders meet tonight in Dixon.

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.

The chief business officer, Melissa Mercado will tell the five-member governing board that the district can meet its financial obligations during the current academic year.

At the same time, the report essentially will be a snapshot of the rural eastern Solano County district as of Jan. 31.

Source: Dixon Unified School District to discuss using contraband dogs

Kairos Academy agenda includes discussion on cash reserves for school expansion – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The second interim 2017-18 budget report, an open enrollment update, and the setting aside of $750,000 for future facilities and land purchases are on the agenda when the Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy leaders meet tonight in Vacaville.

By law, California public school districts — and Kairos, as an independent TK-8 charter, is essentially its own school district — are required to present annually two interim budget reports, typically one by mid-December, the other by mid-March, to declare whether or not a district can pay its bills.

The school’s executive director, Jared Austin will tell the governing board of directors that the Elm Street school has increased its operating surplus by nearly $180,000 since the first interim budget report and estimates are that revenues exceed expenses by $306,000. The school will have an operating surplus for the next two academic years, Austin, who has led Kairos since its founding four years ago, will tell the directors.

The budget report also will serve as something of a statistical snapshot of the school: Enrollment is nearly 560 for the current year and will be the same for the next two. Gov. Jerry Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula will be fully funded two years ahead of schedule, Austin will note, adding that cost-of-living adjustments will be 1.56 percent this year and 2.51 and 2.41 for the two outlying years, respectively.

Source: Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy agenda includes discussion on cash reserves for school expansion

Construction of new $16M Wildcat Stadium nears completion – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The end’s in sight.

The dream of a new athletics complex and stadium at Will C. Wood High is becoming reality, one day at a time since the spring 2017 groundbreaking at the Marshall Road campus in Vacaville, with hopes, Vacaville Unified officials say, for a grand opening in mid-April.

Dozens of construction workers Wednesday morning combed the site, grinding down concrete bleachers, operating loaders, driving mammoth trucks, adjusting the lighting, putting some finishing touches on the concessions and team rooms building, adding strips of synthetic turf here and there, as Jennifer Leonard, the district public information officer, led several hard-hat tours for district staff, city leaders, the media, and others.

Source: Construction of new $16M Wildcat Stadium nears completion

A 21st century kitchen is at VUSD’s Jepson Middle School – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The 21st-century California school kitchen and the food served in them only partially resemble what, say, a 40-year-old might recall, and some evidence is at Jepson Middle School in Vacaville.

Mystery meat? Not a questionably gray, watery slice in sight, but there was plentiful freshly made meatloaf, mashed potatoes, tomato soup, green salad, bread at 11:30 a.m. Friday, when the school’s eighth-graders showed up to file into the newly remodeled space that came with a price tag of nearly $1 million. The cost was due, in part, to extensive structural rot and other problems in the former space that required construction workers to “totally gut the place,” noted Jennifer Leonard, public information officer for Vacaville Unified.

Now there are the familiar gleaming, easy-to-clean silvery steel shelves running the length of the roughly 30-by-30 kitchen, the small cartons of milk stacked by the hundreds, stations to pick up a hot main dish, the cash register (now electronic and quiet) at the end of the line.

Benicia Middle School campus modernization dominates school board meeting Thursday – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

One of the largest remaining items to be funded by Measure S is new construction at BMS to give the school more of a 21st century look. Lee Pollard of HY Architects had presented plans for the redesign in 2017, which included new modular classrooms, a modernized courtyard and a new kitchen and drama room. Pollard said a meeting with staff was held on Jan. 9, which led to some changes in the draft design. Drama teacher Cathy Wright told Pollard she did not like the idea of having the new drama classroom near the basketball courts because of the noise. It was decided that the classroom would be taking over two classroom spaces near the library. The spaces would be converted into a black box theater with space for performance and seating. Pollard said the area would need soundproofing next to adjacent classrooms and additional windows.

Pollard said Wright had also told him that her students rehearsed in groups and did not have enough space, so she requested outdoor practice space. She also suggested a path at the front of the campus for parents to attend performances after school hours.“This gives us an opportunity to bring the parents in and have them go straight into a drama classroom for a performance without them having to wander all the way through the school,” Pollard said.

According to Pollard, Wright’s suggestions would cost about half of what was initially proposed for a new drama classroom. With the loss of an extra teaching space, however, three modular classrooms would be added to the northwest corner instead of the initial plan of two.Pollard also went into further detail on proposed changes to the interiors of the buildings, including upgrades to the library.

Source: Benicia Middle School campus modernization dominates school board meeting Thursday