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

Unhealthy air quality closes schools countywide Friday – The Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

School districts from Vallejo to Dixon are closed Friday as air quality continues to be poor due to drifting smoke from the Camp Fire in Paradise.

The message from Vacaville Unified School District Superintendent Jane Shamieh, posted on the district website, read: “We have decided to close schools and the district office tomorrow due to another forecast of air quality in the “unhealthy” range. Please know that we do not take closing schools lightly, and we understand that this can have significant financial impact on our families. Under normal circumstances, we would remain open at AQI levels of 151-200, however we have concerns about the prolonged exposure to staff and students occurring this week.”

Similar messages were posted on the district pages of the Travis, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Kairos Public Schools and Vallejo school district websites.

Source: Unhealthy air quality closes schools countywide Friday – The Reporter

Solano schools office readies applications for board vacancy – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Anyone who wishes to represent Trustee Area 4 on the Solano County Board of Education can apply with the Office of Education.

The deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 30.

Trustee Area 4 is comprised of central and western Fairfield and Suisun City.

The vacancy has been created with the pending departure of Mayrene Bates, who resigned her position for personal reasons effective Dec. 29 or upon the appointment of her replacement. The appointee will hold the office until Nov. 3, 2020, when the final two years will be filled by election.

Source: Solano schools office readies applications for board vacancy

Kaiser and Rotary Team Up to Salute Good Teen Character – Daily Republic

By Fairfield Suisun Rotary Club

The Fairfield Suisun Rotary Club will partner with Kaiser Permanente this year to present its Fifth Annual Teen Good Character Awards, it was announced today.

“Kaiser Permanente has been a consistent partner with us through the years in providing quality programs to our youth. We are excited to co-sponsor this program with them this year,” said Kendall Hillman, Rotary Club President.

The Awards Ceremony will be held February 8, 2019, at the Kroc Center in Suisun starting at 6 PM.

Source: Good News: Kaiser and Rotary Team Up to Salute Good Teen Character

Travis trustees appoint Barrington to school board – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

The Travis School District’s governing board members unanimously appointed Russ Barrington to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Angela Weinzinger in September, the district reports.

Barrington was one of three applicants. The others were former Foxboro Elementary principal Lisa Eckhoff and former board member John Dickerson. Dickerson submitted his resignation effective minutes prior to the meeting in order to be considered. His term was set to end next month.

More than 2,000 votes Barrington received in last week’s election was the deciding factor as the remaining two board members, and presiding Solano County Board of Education Trustee Michelle Coleman, cast their votes.

Source: Travis trustees appoint Barrington to school board

Board of Supervisors recognizes top Solano educator – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Marilyn Lewis wanted to be a veterinarian when she was growing up – and she took her dream seriously.

Lewis told the Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that she took photos and studied just about every animal and critter she saw, and even wrote what she learned in a book.

All that hands-on training proved to be invaluable when Lewis found her true calling as a science teacher, a vocation that earner her Teacher of the Year honors for 2018-19.

Source: Board of Supervisors recognizes top Solano educator

Fairfield, Benicia trade center tour focus on Solano, Napa high schoolers – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

More than 150 Solano and Napa high school students will tour trade training centers Friday, including two in Fairfield and one in Benicia.

The Carpenters 46 Northern and Sheetmetal Workers Local 104, both in Fairfield, and the Heat and Frost Insulators Local 16 in Benicia are stops on the tour.

“This partnership is based on a commitment to make graduating students aware of excellent career options in our area. The tour is a great experience for them, as they are able to use specialized tools and ask questions directly to labor leaders and trainers,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement released Thursday.

Source: Fairfield, Benicia trade center tour focus on Solano, Napa high schoolers

Inspire: Dreams Start Now 2018 – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

Every 8th grader in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District visited the Kroc Center in Suisun City on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 for a unique opportunity to interactively explore future career paths. That’s over 1,600 students.

It’s the 4th annual Inspire: Dreams Start Now event for the Fairfield-Suisun area, a program developed in collaboration with Vacaville Unified School District, Travis Unified School District, Dixon Unified School District, Solano County Office of Education, Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, Vacaville Chamber of Commerce, Dixon Chamber of Commerce, Solano Economic Development Corporation, Solano Workforce Development Board, and many other government agencies and commercial companies in Solano County.

Source: Inspire: Dreams Start Now 2018

War veterans have until Friday to apply for high school diplomas – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Korean War and Vietnam veterans who never received high school diplomas have until Friday to apply to the Solano County Office of Education for its Operation Recognition program.

The program awards high school diplomas to World War II Japanese-Americans and all U.S. veterans who could not graduate from high school due to wartime circumstances.

Veterans can apply to get a diploma, and next of kin may do so if the veteran in question is deceased.

Source: War veterans have until Friday to apply for high school diplomas

Operation Recognition High School Diplomas deadline looms – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The deadline for veterans who missed out on a high school diploma due to their service has been extended.

The California Association of County Veterans Service Officers 2017 Annual Report states that 17 percent of World War II veterans, 11 percent of Korean War veterans and 5 percent of Vietnam War veterans do not have high school diplomas.

To help address this situation, the Solano County Office of Education will participate in “Operation Recognition,” which awards high school diplomas to World War II Japanese-Americans and U.S. veterans who could not graduate from high school due to wartime circumstances.

Source: Operation Recognition High School Diplomas deadline looms

After previous denial, SCOE trustees OK Elite Charter petition – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

What a difference nine months apparently make for a charter school petition.

The Solano County Board of Education on Wednesday voted 5 to 2 to overturn the Aug. 1 denial of the ELITE Charter School petition by the Vallejo City Unified School Board.

The action by the seven-member county governing board comes after it denied in January a previous ELITE petition for a countywide charter school and after the Aug. 20 appeal of the VCU decision to the county board by petitioner Ramona Bishop, a former VCU superintendent; and after a Sept. 17 public hearing at SCOE offices in Fairfield.

Bishop’s latest petition was for a single K-12 school, an independent charter, in Vallejo, and, with the vote, will be aligned with — or fall under the jurisdiction of — the county district.

Source: After previous denial, Solano County Office of Education trustees OK Elite Charter petition – The Reporter

Deadline Extended For ‘Operation Recognition’ Diplomas | Suisun City, CA Patch

In the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s, thousands of young men and women left high school and the comforts of home to serve in the United States Armed Forces to defend our Country in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Additionally, during World War II many Japanese-American citizens were interned in relocation camps across the United States. After these wars, many of these individuals were not able to finish high school and receive a high school diploma.

California Education Code section 51430 authorizes the retroactive awarding of high school diplomas to eligible Veterans and persons who were detained in internment camps during World War II. The Solano County Office of Education is proud to participate in “Operation Recognition” which honors U.S. Veterans and interned Japanese-American citizens who were unable to continue high school due to wartime circumstances by awarding them with high school diplomas. “Operation Recognition is an opportunity to honor individuals who sacrificed their lives for our country” said Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County

Source: Deadline Extended For ‘Operation Recognition’ Diplomas | Suisun City, CA Patch

SCOE supe named among Garamendi’s 2018 Women of the Year – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Lisette Estrella-Henderson, superintendent of Solano County schools, will need to make space on her wall or shelf of awards in her Vacaville home.

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Solano, has named the 33-year educator as one of his 2018 Women of the Year, it has been announced.

“There are so many deserving women that I have the privilege to work alongside with each day,” Estrella-Henderson said in a press release Thursday. “For Congressman Garamendi to recognize me as someone who has made a positive difference in our community, I am truly honored!”

She and 45 other women will be recognized Friday during a 9 a.m.-to-noon ceremony in the Community Room at Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road, Woodland. Each will receive a congressional proclamation that will be preserved in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Source: SCOE supe named among Garamendi’s 2018 Women of the Year – The Reporter

Garamendi taps Estrella-Henderson as among top women in region – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education announced Wednesday that Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, has been selected as one of Rep. John Garamendi’s 2018 Women of the Year.

The annual awards publicly honor outstanding women of the 3rd Congressional District improve the quality of life in the district through their work and volunteerism.

“There are so many deserving women that I have the privilege to work alongside with each day. I am humbled and astounded by this tremendous honor,” Estrella-Henderson said in a prepared statement.

Source: Garamendi taps Estrella-Henderson as among top women in region

SCOE board denies Rocketship charter appeal – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Solano County Office of Education leaders voted unanimously Wednesday to deny the appeal of a Vallejo charter school petition at a time of increasingly intensive debate over the role of charter schools in the state.

The 7-0 decision, coming nearly five weeks after a public hearing about the appeal, occurred during a regular trustees meeting in the county schools headquarters on Business Center Drive in Fairfield.

In many ways, the vote to deny the appeal from Marie Issa Gil, whose petition to form Rocketship Vallejo Elementary Charter School also was denied June 20 by Vallejo City Unified trustees, came as no surprise.

At the June school board meeting, VCU administrators described Gil’s document as “deficient in many key respects” and offered “an unsound educational program,” the latter phrase almost always resulting in denial of a charter petition by a school district or its appeal to a county board or the state Board of Education in Sacramento.

Source: Solano County Office of Education board denies Rocketship charter appeal

SCOE board set for up-or-down vote on charter school – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Solano County Office of Education leaders will grant or deny the appeal of a Vallejo charter school petition when the governing board meets tonight in Fairfield.

The trustees’ decision will come nearly five weeks after a public hearing about the appeal from Marie Issa Gil, whose petition to form Rocketship Vallejo Elementary Charter School was denied June 20 by Vallejo City Unified trustees, after district staffers described the petition as “deficient in many key respects.”

SCOE governing board members will have two formal options, according to agenda documents: 1) Obtain the school’s written agreement to the memorandum of understanding and grant the appeal; or 2) Deny it and adopt Resolution No. B18-19-07 in support of the denial.

It is unclear just how the seven-member board will ultimately vote, but the members’ recent history — notably denying some months ago an appeal by leaders at a Vacaville charter school, Heritage Peak — may serve as a guide.

Source: SCOE board set for up-or-down vote on charter school