Doug Ford, former SCOE trustee and Reporter columnist, dies – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Doug Ford, a former Air Force lieutenant colonel, Solano County Board of Education trustee and Reporter columnist, died in his Dixon home Thursday after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 87.

Ford was born in Georgetown, Ill., in 1931 but moved to Tillamook, Ore., with his family when he was 3. It was there that he developed a lifelong interest in aviation when his father took him to see a Soviet aircraft that had flown over the North Pole from Moscow to Vancouver, Wash., in 1937.

Ford began building model airplanes and earned his private pilot’s license in 1950. He was accepted into the Air Force’s Pilot Training Program in 1951 but was moved over to the navigator training program after failing to pass the vision test. He retired from the Air Force in 1979, having reached the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Source: Doug Ford, former Solano Board of Education trustee and Reporter columnist, dies – The Reporter

Solano Teens Tackle Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs At 21st Annual Event | Benicia, CA Patch

By News Desk

On Friday, February 8th, the Solano County Office of Education took 35 students to the 21st Annual Teens Tackle Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs and Youth Wellness Conference at UC Berkeley. Students from Benicia, Dixon, Travis, Fairfield-Suisun, Vacaville and Vallejo Unified School Districts attended workshops designed by youth for youth. Workshop topics included: healthy relationships, youth preventing violence, tobacco, vaping, and more. Students walked away with a better understanding about prevention, advocacy, cessation, and overall wellness.

Source: Solano Teens Tackle Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs At 21st Annual Event | Benicia, CA Patch

Mare Island academy up for Distinguished School award – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Mare Island Technical Academy has received an invitation to apply for the California Distinguished School award, the Solano County Office of Education announced.

The secondary school earned the invitation “because they have made exceptional gains in implementing the academic content performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education for all students,” Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.

Schools that received the invitation have met a variety of criteria, involving multiple measures on their performance and progress on the state indicators on the California School Dashboard.

Source: Mare Island academy up for Distinguished School award

T-R-I-U-M-P-H-A-N-T: Alamo, Vaca Pena students win big at spelling bee – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Erudite: E-R-U-D-I-T-E.

Definition: having or showing great knowledge or learning.

Used in a sentence: Boy, those kids in Vacaville sure are erudite when it comes to spelling.

A student from Alamo Elementary School and another from Vaca Pena Middle School proved themselves as this year’s top wordsmiths in their respective levels of schooling. Nash Martinez and Alexis Abadiano were the big winners at Wednesday’s Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee.

Hosted by the Vacaville Rotary Club at Will C. Wood High School’s Catwalk Theater, the bee is named after a former Vacaville High School principal who was dedicated to the education of students.

Source: T-R-I-U-M-P-H-A-N-T: Alamo, Vaca Pena students win big at spelling bee – The Reporter

Teens get glimpse at Police Department – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Today might be Groundhog Day, but it was Friday when agencies throughout Solano saw their shadows — or rather teens shadowing them.

As part of National Job Shadow Day, the Solano County Office of Education joined forces with the Solano County Workforce Development Board to partner with local agencies and businesses to give guided tours of their facilities to teens.

In Vacaville, a group of more than 20 students from both Vacaville and Will C. Wood high schools got a taste of what goes on daily at their local Police Department.

Source: Teens get glimpse at Police Department – The Reporter

Solano, North Bay students compete in Decathlon – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Students from several area counties came together Saturday for a little competition to determine who will head on to the state Academic Decathlon in Sacramento.

The North Bay Academic Decathlon Super Quiz Regional Competition was hosted by the Solano County Office of Education in the Solano Community College gymnasium. It was the only portion of the contest that’s open to the public. The theme was “The 1960’s: A Transformational Decade.”

Source: Solano, North Bay students compete in Decathlon to earn bid for state contest

Community Scrapbook re: Academic Decathlon – Daily Republic

By Fairfield Suisun Rotary Club

Fairfield Suisun Rotarians prepared lunch for the students at the Academic Decathlon held February 2 at Solano Community College. Working hard at the grill are (left to right) Jim Inks, Rene Bojorquez, Randeep Arora, Kendall Hillman, and Gerry Raycraft.

This is news or information provided by members of the community as individuals or on behalf of an organization or business.

Source: Good News: Community Scrapbook

SCOE Announces 2019 Certificated, Classified Educators Of Year | Suisun City, CA Patch

By News Desk

Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County Superintendent of Schools is pleased to announce the Solano County Office of Education’s (SCOE) 2019-2020 certificated and classified educators of the year.

Jordan Hunt, Senior Human Resources Analyst at SCOE’s administrative office, won the title of Classified Employee of the Year in the Office, Technical category for her excellent work performance, always giving 100%, and constant willingness to help others.

Source: SCOE Announces 2019 Certificated, Classified Educators Of Year | Suisun City, CA Patch

Solano County Office of Education announces educators of year – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A special education psychologist at the Irene Larsen Center and a human resources analyst in the administrative office of the Solano County Office of Education have been name educators of the year for the agency.

Colleen Van Nes-Fahey, the school psychologist at Irene Larsen Center, was named the Certificated Educator of the Year, while Jordan Hunt, senior human resources analyst at the county schools office, was selected as the Classified Educator of the Year, the county education office announced Wednesday.

“SCOE is very fortunate to have many wonderful classified and certificated employees who provide essential support to our students and schools,” Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement released by her office.

Source: Solano County Office of Education announces educators of year

1960s is subject of Academic Decathlon Super Quiz at Solano College – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Nearly 300 students from 15 high schools across Solano, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo counties will continue to battle it out Saturday in the final day of the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon.

The event includes the popular Super Quiz, which is the only part of the competition that’s open to the public. It starts at 3:30 p.m. The morning competition includes speeches and interviews.

The theme of this year’s Academic Decathlon contest is “The 1960s: A Transformational Decade.” The event takes place at the Solano Community College gymnasium, 4000 Suisun Valley Road in Rockville.

Source: 1960s is subject of Academic Decathlon Super Quiz at Solano College

North Bay Academic Decathlon To Conclude With ‘Super Quiz’ | Suisun City, CA Patch

By Maggie Avants

Nearly 300 students from 15 high schools across Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties battled it out Saturday, Jan. 26 and will continue battling it out Saturday, Feb. 2 in the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon at Solano Community College in Fairfield, according to a news release.

The theme of this year’s academic decathlon — a competitive event modeled after the Olympics to stimulate academic achievement and honor “athletes of the mind” — is “The 1960s: A Transformational Decade.”

Source: North Bay Academic Decathlon To Conclude With ‘Super Quiz’ | Suisun City, CA Patch

Four SCC trustees sworn in for four-year terms – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Four members of the Solano Community College board of trustees were sworn in for new four-year terms late last year, it has been announced.

Returning to the board are Area 2 trustee A. Marie Young, representing a sector of Vallejo; Area 4 trustee Denis Honeychurch, representing Fairfield, parts of Vacaville, and Travis Air Force Base; and Area 6 trustee Dr. Sarah Chapman, also representing parts of Vacaville.

Newly elected Area 1 trustee Karimah Karah also took her oath of office at the Dec.19 meeting. Karah, representing Vallejo west of Interstate 80 and Mare Island, won her race to earn a board seat. She replaces Pam Keith, who had served since 1994 and declined to run for re-election.

Source: Four SCC trustees sworn in for four-year terms – The Reporter

Schools chief works to keep students safe, teach work skills – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Lisette Estrella-Henderson begins her first four-year term as Solano County superintendent of schools next week with an agenda not that different from her first two years as the appointed official.

The veteran educator, who started her career about 32 years ago, said in a phone interview Friday that her office is working to keep students safe – and that goes beyond safe campuses – as well as prepare them for the changing work world.

She also has the task of signing off on all school district budgets, which includes keeping a close eye on the Vallejo City School District, which faces making $22 million in cuts.

Source: Schools chief works to keep students safe, teach work skills

SCOE leaders host Vaca public hearing about new trustee map – The Reporter

The story about Vacaville Unified’s new by-area trustee map, which will affect how governing board members are chosen in the future, is not quite finished.

The Solano County Committee, comprised of the Solano County Office of Education trustees, will host a public hearing today in Vacaville to review the newly configured elections map approved Nov. 29 by Vacaville Unified trustees.

The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. in the Catwalk Theater at Will C. Wood High, 998 Marshall Road, Vacaville.

Source: SCOE leaders host Vaca public hearing about new trustee map – The Reporter

Silveyville’s day for special needs children brings families together – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

School groups and families of children with special needs braved the cold, overcast weather Friday to visit Silveyville Tree Farm in Dixon, where they were treated to hot cider and popcorn, a sleigh ride and a visit from Santa Claus.

It was the farm’s 27th annual holiday celebration for children with disabilities.

The tradition was established in 1991 through the efforts of parents of special needs children.

Source: Silveyville’s day for special needs children brings families together – The Reporter

Tobacco grant to fight illegal sales to minors, fund prevention programs – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Tobacco prevention programs in four Solano County school districts have received a $1.2 million grant designed to reduce illegal sales to minors and fund other prevention programs.

The Solano County Office of Education, in partnership with Benicia, Fairfield-Suisun, Travis and Vallejo City school districts and the Fairfield Police Department, received the grant from the state Department of Justice.

“Tobacco cessation, intervention and support services for students to quit smoking will be implemented, along with new signage that will be posted at schools and youth engagement events,” a statement released by the Office of Education said.

Source: Tobacco grant to fight illegal sales to minors, fund prevention programs

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

Veteran Administrator Dr. Ramona Bishop Leads Charter School Effort – SacObserver

By Antonio Harvey

Parents in Solano County are thankful the County Board of Education approved the opening of a new charter school they believe will deliver more education options in technology, language, and college readiness to prepare students to compete for college and jobs of the future.

Before Oct. 10, Dr. Ramona Bishop’s quest to open a community-led charter school in Solano County was on the brink of not coming to fruition, however, The Solano County Board of Education, SCBOE voted 5-2 to approve the petition to open ELITE Charter school covering the Vallejo City Unified School District, VCUSD.

Source: Veteran Administrator Dr. Ramona Bishop Leads Charter School Effort

State grant will fund education wellness centers in Fairfield, Dixon – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education, in partnership with the Dixon School District, has received a $509,378 grant to develop wellness centers at four education sites.

The centers will be located at Solano County Office of Education’s Golden Hills Education Center in Fairfield, and at Anderson Elementary, Gretchen Higgins Elementary and Dixon High in Dixon. The goal is to have them up and running with the 2019-20 school year.

Source: State grant will fund education wellness centers in Fairfield, Dixon

TUSD board appoints new board member – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

An employee with the Solano County Office of Education has been appointed to fill the Travis Unified governing board seat vacated by the September death of Angela Weinzinger, it has been announced.

Russ Barrington, a fiscal analyst in the Special Education Local Planning Area at SCOE offices in Fairfield, will be sworn in during the Dec. 11 trustees’ meeting. He will fufill Weinzinger’s term, through December 2020, as if elected.

Appointed by unanimous vote during the trustees’ Nov. 13 meeting, he immediately afterward took a seat on the board and participated in his first meeting as a representative for the district’s Area 2.

Barrington was one of three applicants interviewed for the position. The others were former Foxboro Elementary Principal Lisa Eckhoff and former governing board member John Dickerson, who submitted his resignation effective minutes prior to the meeting in order to be considered for the position. His term was set to end in December.

Source: TUSD board appoints new board member – The Reporter