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

School board to hear quarterly bond update at Thursday’s meeting – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

As Measure S bond projects continue to move along, attendees of this Thursday’s school board meeting can get a greater understanding of which projects have been completed, which ones are nearing completion and which projects will be taken on next. The discussion will be presented by Bond Director Roxanne Egan.

Measure S was a ballot initiative approved by Benicia voters in 2014 aimed at providing $49.6 million in bond funding for improvements at each of the Benicia Unified School District’s seven schools. As of Dec. 31, 11 projects had been completed, technology infrastructure upgrades at all the schools, playground modernizations at the elementary schools, fixing the roofs at Benicia Middle School and Mary Farmar Elementary School, painting the exteriors at Benicia High School and renovating Benicia High’s stadium.

Egan also identified 10 approved bond projects in progress. These include fire alarm replacements at Liberty High School and the District Office as well as Mary Farmar, Joe Henderson and Robert Semple elementary schools, a fire alarm upgrade at Matthew Turner Elementary School, a modernization of Benicia Middle School’s campus, miscellaneous infrastructure upgrades, alternative education improvements and repairing the gym floor at Benicia High. Another approved project is improvements to Benicia High’s Performing Arts Building, which Egan said is part of the district’s efforts to apply for a Career Technical Education grant for the building. If the grant is awarded, then the district will be required to match up to a maximum of $3 million in local funding. If the grant is not awarded, then a minimum amount of $400,000 will be allocated for PAB improvements.

Source: School board to hear quarterly bond update at Thursday’s meeting

Title shift for abandoned right of way gets Fairfield-Suisun district OK – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Accepting title from Suisun City to an abandoned right of way needed for a new building at Fairview Elementary School won approval Thursday from Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees.

A survey during design and development for a new administration and kindergarten building at the school on First Street in Fairfield identified the waterline right of way in the area best suited for the new building, a school district staff report said.

Because the waterline associated with the right of way was believed to be abandoned, the district asked the Suisun-Solano Water Authority to investigate, the report said.

Suisun City Council members at their Jan. 16 meeting, acting as the water authority, passed a resolution relinquishing the city’s interest in the waterline easement to the school district and allowing removal of the easement.

Source: Title shift for abandoned right of way gets Fairfield-Suisun district OK

Solano College eyes pact with Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation for cultural monitoring – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation will monitor the Rockville campus entry sidewalk project – after trenching work discovered a potential cultural resource – if Solano Community College District trustees meeting Wednesday approve a proposed agreement.

“Because of the potential for undiscovered cultural resources within the project area, monitoring of ground-disturbing construction activities by a tribal cultural monitor is required,” a college district staff report said.

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation can trace its historical ties to land in the project and is considered the most likely descendant tribe, the report said. The contract allows up to 40 hours of monitoring and is an amount not to exceed $5,000.

Source: Solano College eyes pact with Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation for cultural monitoring

Fairview Elementary project requires end to century-old Suisun City right of way – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Title from Suisun City to an abandoned right of way needed for a new building at Fairview Elementary School goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Thursday.

A survey during design and development for a new administration and kindergarten building at the school on First Street in Fairfield identified the waterline right of way in the area best suited for the new building, a school district staff report said.

Because the waterline associated with the right of way was believed to be abandoned, the district asked the Suisun-Solano Water Authority to investigate, the report said.

Source: Fairview Elementary project requires end to century-old Suisun City right of way

Vacaville USD to discuss Sierra Vista report – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The biennial report about Sierra Vista K-8 School and two sizable construction contracts are on the agenda when Vacaville Unified leaders meet tonight in Vacaville.

Principal Cathy Bozzini will deliver her report, given once every two years. Among several things, she will tell the seven-member governing board that the Bel Air Drive school’s mission is “to prepare all students to be respectful leaders by providing service to their community” and “immersed” in a rigorous curriculum in order to be college- and career-ready in a global society.

Trustees are expected to approve a contract for $894,000 with American River Construction Inc., a Placerville firm, for ongoing upgrades, specifically seismic in this case, at Jepson Middle School. Assembly Bill 300 requires school districts to deal with seismic safety standards for K-12 school buildings. The project will be paid for under Measure A, the $194 million bond passed by voters in 2014.

Source: Vacaville Unified School District to discuss Sierra Vista report

Fairfield-Suisun USD breaks ground on new gym, library at Public Safety Academy – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Shovels in hand, white hard hats atop their heads, school and district leaders, elected officials and others tossed small amounts of soil Tuesday to symbolize groundbreaking for the new library and gymnasium at the Fairfield-Suisun Public Safety Academy, $19.4 million in building projects that will be ready to open in December.

In opening remarks before the groundbreaking ceremony, Superintendent Kris Corey, speaking as the sun set behind her, just yards away from the 2-story library site, acknowledged the project “will affect the neighborhood,” which includes homes along Larkspur Lane, Orchid Street and Atlantic.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District breaks ground on new gym, library at Public Safety Academy

Wildcat Stadium expected to be complete in late-March, early-April – The Reporter

By Michael Morris

Will C. Wood High School’s new stadium is running behind schedule, however, district officials are still optimistic the project will be completed between late March and early April.

With the original completion date of Feb. 1 steadily approaching for the $16 million project funded by Measure A, a meeting was held Friday morning at the Educational Services Center in Vacaville to decide the best possible course of action for Wildcat Stadium.

“We came to the conclusion the project will be completed at the end of March/early April,” wrote Dan Banowetz, director of facilities for the Vacaville Unified School District, in an email to The Reporter. “This is weather depending of course.”

Along with the consistent rainfall to start the year, Banowetz explained how attaining the concrete masonry unit was one of a few items that slowed down the project the last few months.

Source: Wildcat Stadium expected to be complete in late-March, early-April

Measure A transforms Sierra Vista – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Without public fanfare but certainly with excited students and teachers, Sierra Vista leaders on Jan. 8 opened two new seventh- and eighth-grade science classrooms, part of continuing Measure A expenditures at the Vacaville school, bringing the teaching of basic biology, genetics, plant and animal life cycles and more into a 21st-century learning environment.

The construction, its completion somewhat delayed, Principal Catherine Bozzini said Tuesday, was funded by Measure A, the $194 million bond passed by Vacaville voters in November 2014, of which at least $9 million has been set aside by Vacaville Unified to pay for upgrades and new buildings at the Bel Air Drive campus, a K-8 school.

Source: Measure A transforms Sierra Vista