Fairfield-Suisun School District seeks bond panel members – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Residents are sought to serve on the Measure J bond oversight committee that reviews Fairfield-Suisun School District spending of bond funds and issues an annual report on their findings.

The school district seeks a member representing a senior citizen’s group and a member-at-large from the general community.

Meetings are held every other month on the second Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Source: Fairfied-Suisun School District seeks bond panel members

Vacaville school trustees face light agenda Thursday – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

With new LCAPs and annual budgets sent to county offices of education, California school districts tend to face light midsummer agendas in July and August and that will be the case Thursday, when Vacaville Unified leaders meet.

In what likely will be a short meeting, concerned mostly with financial matters, trustees are expected to approve a revised 2017-18 salary schedule for classified, or school-suppport, managers, an unrepresented employee group that ranges from custodial manager and public information officer to director of maintenance and technology coordinator, with monthly pay, depending on which of five steps they fall under, that ranges from (all Step 1, or beginning, salaries, for example) $5,340 and $7,524 to $8,925 and $9,167.

There was no indication in agenda documents about why the salary scheduled was revised.

Source: Vacaville school trustees face light agenda Thursday

Measure Q Citizens Oversight Committee to meet – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Dixon Unified’s Measure Q Citizens Bond Oversight Committee will meet in Wednesday in Dixon.

Members will hear an overview of existing bond projects from John Calise, the rural school district’s director of facilities and operations.

They also will hear from a guest speaker Anton Jungherr on organizational guidance.

Gary Riddle, a committee member, will offer a report and the committee may take action, according to agenda documents.

Calise will present information about the committee’s website content.

Source: Measure Q Citizens Oversight Committee to meet

Measure A projects continue apace, on time and budget – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

School is out, and it is high season for Measure A-related construction projects across several Vacaville Unified campuses, where, at two sites on Thursday, small hand-operated, gas-powered compactors rapidly thudded and packed soil, portable electric saws buzzed and cut wood, and shovels crunched gravel.

Measure A was the $194 million bond Vacaville voters passed in 2014, to upgrade and modernize the school district’s many aging campuses, more than half of them 50 years old, and, of those, several more than 60 years old.

On a tour of new construction at Vacaville High and remodeling at Willis Jepson Middle School, Dan Banowetz, the district’s director of facilities, said the Division of State Architect is still reviewing some plans for other Measure A projects but work continues apace, on time and on budget, for existing projects.

 

Source: Measure A projects continue apace, on time and budget

Measure Q Citizens Oversight Committee to hold organizational meeting – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Dixon Unified’s Measure Q Citizens Oversight Committee will hold its organizational meeting Wednesday at Dixon High School.

The committee, formed in May, will review procedures, policies and guidelines; Brown Act provisions that stipulate the state’s open meetings laws; elect officers (chair, vice chair, secretary, etc.); and set dates for future meetings.

The $30.4 million bond, which will pay for upgrades to the district’s aging schools, passed by more than 55 percent of district voters in November. The money will be used to upgrade the district’s eight campuses, but especially the oldest, such as Old Dixon High, built in 1940, and Anderson Elementary, built in 1949. By law, none of the bond money can be used for administrator or teacher salaries or school operating expenses.

Source: Measure Q Citizens Oversight Committee to hold organizational meeting

Bond committee will discuss possible future Measure S projects over summer – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

Benicia Unified School District trustees heard an update on Measure S projects completed to date and potential projects for the future at Thursday’s school board meeting. The presentation was delivered by Roxanne Egan, the Measure S bond director.

Measure S was a ballot initiative approved by Benicia voters in 2014 to provide $49.6 million in bond funding for projects for the district’s seven schools. The bond funds were initially going to be issued in three series: Series A, B and C. Due to low interest, Series B and C were consolidated into one bond issuance. Series A projects were announced in 2014, and 11 have been completed so far: technology infrastructure upgrades at all the schools, phone system upgrades at all the schools, renovated playgrounds at all the elementary schools, fixing the roofs at Benicia Middle School and Mary Farmar Elementary, fixing the softball field bleachers at Benicia High School, repainting the exterior at Benicia High, installing new camera security systems at all the schools, upgrading the fire alarm system at Benicia Middle, upgrading the IT server and replacing the clocks, bells and PA systems.

Two projects are currently in construction at Benicia High: a renovation of the George Drolette Stadium and fire alarms. The former is expected to be completed over the summer while the latter is estimated to be completed by October, Egan said.

Source: Bond committee will discuss possible future Measure S projects over summer

Travis school district trustees hear details of Facilities Master Plan – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A formal Facilities Master Plan for Travis Unified will be on the desks of the five-member governing board shortly after the new academic year begins in August at the earliest but possibly in September.

In the works for more than two years, it will lay out the “capacity needs” for the Fairfield district for many years to come, Superintendent Pam Conklin noted Tuesday during a governing board meeting.

Speaking in the Travis Education Center, she said construction work, which will be gradual, “needs to begin next year.”

Her comments came after an hourlong presentation by two employees of Capitol PFG, a Sacramento-based financial advisory firm that provides consulting services exclusively to public agencies. And it came before the board voted unanimously to approve more than $13 million in construction contracts related to the ongoing Scandia Elementary School modernization project on Travis Air Force Base.

 

Source: Travis school district trustees hear details of Facilities Master Plan

Fallen officer Jim Capoot honored with tree, plaque at Vallejo High School – Times Herald

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

Vallejo High School Athletic Director Josh Ramos said it dawned on him during basketball season this year that an empty planter in front of Bottari Gym would be the perfect spot to plant a tree and install a plaque in honor of fallen Vallejo Police Officer Jim Capoot.

That tree — a crepe myrtle — was planted Wednesday and the plaque presented to Capoot’s widow Jennifer and other family members at a ceremony on campus.

Source: Fallen officer Jim Capoot honored with tree, plaque at Vallejo High School

School district eyes project labor agreement for Fairfield-Suisun Measure J projects – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A project labor agreement with the Napa-Solano Counties Building and Construction Trades Council goes to Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Thursday for projects funded by Measure J.

Eric Christen, executive director of the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction, said Tuesday that the 23-page pact is from the union template for such agreements, a description Danny Bernardini, business manager for the building and construction trades council, disputes.

“It’s all the standard stuff,” Christen said.The pact forces workers to pay union dues and pensions, he said.

Source: School district eyes project labor agreement for Fairfield-Suisun Measure J projects

Fairfield-Suisun School District OKs project labor pact – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A project labor agreement – praised as working for Solano County government and the city of Fairfield but panned as increasing costs for construction paid for by the $249 million Measure J bond – won approval Thursday on a 5-2 vote of Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees.

David Isom, who along with Trustees Judi Honeychurch, Joan Gaut, Johnathan Richardson and John Silva voted for the labor agreement, said he had received more than 50 emails that looked like cut-and-paste messages opposing the pact.“I did a lot of research,” Isom said of the agreement.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun School District OKs project labor pact

School’s garden teaches life skills – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The small garden plots were overflowing with greens, Saturday. The Matt Garcia Career and College Academy eighth-graders put in a year’s work to get the plot of land in the parking lot to grow with fresh fruits and vegetables.

“When we started it was just all dirt and weeds,” said Ian Corrales, 14.

He, along with the entire class, began this new project this year. At first glance perhaps, gardening seems a strange thing to teach children, but this garden incorporates so much more than planting seeds and watching them grow.

Source: School’s garden teaches life skills

FSUSD staff recommends 5 construction companies for pool of builders – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Five construction companies are recommended for a pre-qualified pool in the no hard bid, lease-leaseback method of building select Fairfield-Suisun School District projects.

Approval of Clark-Sullivan Construction in Roseville, CT Brayton & Sons in San Joaquin County, Landmark Construction in Loomis, Roebbelen Contracting in El Dorado Hills and XL Construction in Sacramento goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees when they meet Thursday.

Trustees at their March 30 meeting agreed to end a requirement that all construction costing more than $40,000 go out to bid.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun School District staff recommends 5 construction companies for pool of builders

Fairfield-Suisun school district agenda: Measure J contracts, 2017-18 budget update – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Several large construction contracts, some of them related to Measure J, and an update on Gov. Jerry Brown’s “May revise” state budget are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

The seven-member governing board is expected to approve a $131,000 contract, funded by Measure J, with All Commercial Fence, a Waterford-based firm in Stanislaus County, for a fencing project at Green Valley Middle School.

But trustees will reject a $317,000 bid, because it was the only one, to refurbish Armijo High lockers, and re-bid the project, also funded by Measure J, at an unspecified date.

Measure J was the $249 million school bond measure passed by voters in June 2016, to upgrade aging schools in the sprawling district, the largest in Solano County, with more than 21,000 students across more than two dozen campuses.

 

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school district agenda: Measure J contracts, 2017-18 budget update

Dixon school leaders to add another member to Measure Q oversight committee – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Dixon Unified leaders, when they meet tonight in a special meeting, are expected to approve the addition of one new member to the Measure Q Citizens Oversight Committee, Tad Smith, a scientist.

During a regular meeting last week, trustees approved a list of five members to serve on the committee. They are Julie Mustard, an administrative coordinator; Gary Riddle, a retiree; Robert Strong, a computer network specialist; Andrea Kett, a business owner; and Jack Caldwell, a local manager.

When school bond measures pass in California, citizens oversight committees usually are formed to comply with the requirements of the bond and state law. Its members are appointed volunteers, often from various organizations, in accord with state law, Basically, oversight committees, independent of a school district’s governing board, try to make sure the bond money is being spent wisely on construction projects and is accounted for, by providing period updates to trustees.

Source: Dixon school leaders to add another member to Measure Q oversight committee

Wood stadium contract, hikes in meal prices up for discussion at Vacaville Unified meeting – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The contract for building the new Wood High athletics stadium, slight increases in school meals for the 2017-18 year, and suicide prevention presentation are on the agenda when Vacaville Unified leaders meet tonight.

As expected, the governing board will likely approve a contract with Alten Construction, a Richmond-based firm, to build the long-awaited athletics stadium at Wood High. The contract is not to exceed $13,950,000, a little more than $1 million more than previously projected by Dan Banowetz, the director of facilities.

There was no explanation in agenda documents about why the contract increased from a previously announced figure of $12.8 million. The contact signing will come exactly one week after school and district officials held a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony at the Marshall Road campus.

Source: Wood stadium contract, hikes in meal prices up for discussion at Vacaville Unified meeting

Measure Q items, charter school petition on DUSD agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Business related to Measure Q, the $30.4 million bond approved by voters in November, and a public hearing on the Norcal Trade and Tech Center Charter School petition are on the agenda when Dixon Unified leaders meet tonight in Dixon.

The five-member governing board is expected to approve a $864,000 contract with LPA Inc. for design services related to the modernization of Old Dixon High, built in 1940 when Franklin Roosevelt was president. LPA is an architectural firm with offices in California and Texas, from Sacramento and San Diego to Dallas and San Antonio.

Later in the meeting, trustees also are expected to approve some additional applicants to serve on the Citizens Oversight Committee for Measure Q. Typically, bond oversight committees are tasked with being stewards of the money, delivering periodic updates to the governing board on how the money is being spent. Agenda documents did not list the names of the applicants, but two were approved in March, one in April, and Superintendent Brian Dolan, noted the latest applicants bring the committee closer to being fully staffed.

Source: Measure Q items, charter school petition on DUSD agenda

School board to consider awarding fire alarm upgrade to lowest bidder – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

The Benicia Unified School District is already in the process of looking for a contractor for the fire alarm upgrade at Benicia High School. The school board will be voting Thursday to award the contract to the lowest bidder.

The fire alarm improvement is another item to be funded through Measure S, the initiative approved by Benicia voters in 2014 to provide $49.6 million in bond funding to enhance facilities at BUSD’s seven schools. Much like the stadium renovation at Benicia High School and the fire alarm upgrade at Benicia Middle School, the project was taken to a public bidding process where contractors had to be pre-qualified in order to be eligible to bid. According to Measure S Bond Director Roxanne Egan, four contractors pre-qualified and three submitted a bid. The lowest was a $1.9 million bid submitted by Bockmon & Woody Electric Co. Inc. out of Stockton. District staff is recommending that the board award the contract to Bockmon & Woody, noting that the district’s electrical engineer has successfully worked on projects with the company and is confident in their ability.

Source: School board to consider awarding fire alarm upgrade to lowest bidder

Trustees OK guidelines for no-hard-bid school construction contracts – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Guidelines to evaluate contractors participating in new no-hard-bid construction contracts won Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees’ unanimous approval Thursday.

The school district plans to create a pool of qualified contractors and solicit proposals for certain projects.

Among requirements is that contractors maintain a full-service office within 100 miles of the school district and have completed five lease-leaseback projects during the past seven years.

No-hard-bid contracts will allow the district to be better able to “determine the final pricing upfront, avoiding uncertainty of change orders while also guaranteeing, upfront, the quality of the contractor’s performance of work,” a school district staff report said.

Source: Trustees OK guidelines for no-hard-bid school construction contracts

Red-letter day at Wood High – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

If it were a novel, a high school English teacher might say it symbolizes “a hero’s journey.”

But it was groundbreaking Thursday afternoon for the new Wildcat Stadium complex at Will C. Wood High, a festive event that capped a four-year journey — in ways deliberative, necessary, much-anticipated, and arguably signifying heroic efforts by many Vacaville residents, depending on your point of view — made possible, at long last, by Measure A funds.

After musical fanfare, customary speeches, a countdown, confetti, cheers, some dozen Wood students, in white hard hats and shovels in hand, turned over earth that symbolically kicked off construction of a $12.8 million project that will begin May 8 and end Feb. 1, easily in time for the school’s first senior class commencement at the Marshall Road campus, at the intersection of Peabody and Marshall roads. In the ensuing months, however, and as they have for many years, Wildcat football games will continue to be held in Zunino Stadium at Vacaville High on West Monte Vista Avenue.

Source: Red-letter day at Wood High

Fairfield-Suisun district eyes guidelines for contractors on no-bid school contracts – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Guidelines to evaluate contractors participating in new no-bid construction contracts go before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees when they meet Thursday.

The school district plans to create a pool of qualified contractors and solicit proposals for certain projects.

Among requirements is that contractors maintain a full-service office within 100 miles of the school district and have completed five lease-leaseback projects during the past seven years.

No-bid contracts will allow the district to be better able to “determine the final pricing upfront, avoiding uncertainty of change orders while also guaranteeing, upfront, the quality of the contractor’s performance of work,” a school district staff report said.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun district eyes guidelines for contractors on no-bid school contracts