Nearly 10,000 Solano students observe International Walk to School Day – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

If a Vacaville elementary school student read or thumbed through books by famed backpacker Colin Fletcher, author of “The Man Who Walked Through Time” and “The Complete Walker,” the boy or girl would not only learn walking techniques but they also would learn more abstract things, such as walking’s pleasures and its sometimes deeply emotional rewards.

But children simply enjoy walking, especially walking to school, as scores did Wednesday, International Walk To School Day, when it was celebrated at Callison Elementary in Vacaville, one of 46 county schools (fewer than last year) to mark the special day.

By 8:30 a.m. and under a cloudless fall sky, students, alone or in groups of four and five, trudged happily along the sidewalk, north and south, fronting the Vanden Road campus in the city’s eastern sector. Noon supervisor Susie Berk greeted them with yellow string backpacks, a memento of the day, as students made their way to their respective classrooms.

Solano schools take part in walk-to-school day – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Nine-year-old Lilly Laughter made sure to finish off the last of her yogurt Wednesday morning before joining the flock of children who were starting their walk to Crescent Elementary School as that school’s observance of International Walk to School Day.

She and her mother, Jill Laughter, were two of almost three dozen children and their parents who met up with Suisun City School Safety Officer Leticia Gonzales at Lawler Ranch Park for the half-mile trek to Crescent.

“I like doing this because it means less traffic, the kids get exercise and they get to school safe,” Gonzales said before gathering her young charges behind a small, cardboard school bus sign she made for the walk.

Source: Solano schools take part in walk-to-school day

Solano schools prep for International Walk to School Day activities – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The annual International Walk to School Day is Wednesday in Solano County.

Students from 54 schools participated last year, in addition to staff, parents, community members and some mayors across the county. The goal by the organizer, Solano County Safe Routes to School, is 70 schools this year.

The event celebrates the benefits of walking and brings light to safety concerns for pedestrians, and particularly children and teens walking to and from school.

Source: The Week Ahead: Solano schools prep for International Walk to School Day activities

Organizers target 70 Solano schools for Walk to School Day trek – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The annual International Walk to School Day is Oct. 4 in Solano County.

Students from 54 schools participated last year, plus staff, parents, community members and some mayors across the county. The goal by the organizer, Solano County Safe Routes to School, is 70 schools this year.

The event celebrates the benefits of walking and brings light to safety concerns for pedestrians, and particularly children and teens walking to and from school.

Source: Organizers target 70 Solano schools for Walk to School Day trek

New bus service to help Vallejo students, Benicia ferry riders announced – Times Herald

In an effort to make life easier for students who commute by bus from south Vallejo to Jesse Bethel High School, Soltrans has made some route changes, agency officials announced.

Starting Sunday, the new Route 38 operates one morning trip on school weekdays to supplement existing service on Routes 3 and 8 for students attending Jesse Bethel High School, officials said.

The trip begins at Glen Cove at 7 a.m. and arrives at Bethel at 7:30 a.m. and Gateway Plaza at 7:36 a.m., they said.

An additional outbound trip from the Vallejo Transit Center to Glen Cove has been on added to Route 3 during days Vallejo schools are in session, they said.

Once in Glen Cove, this added bus will continue as the new

Source: New bus service to help Vallejo students, Benicia ferry riders announced

Students ready for National Bike to School Day – The Reporter

Hundreds of Solano County students will strap on safety helmets and pedal to school May 10 — National Bike to School Day.

The annual event focuses attention on the physical and environmental benefits of biking or walking to school instead of commuting by car.

In 2016, 26 elementary and middle schools throughout Solano County participated in the Solano Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program to promote Bike to School Day and this year high schools are invited to participate.

Along with promoting safety, SR2S aims to improve children’s health by increasing their daily physical activity by walking and biking to school. SR2S staff works with schools and parents to organize Walking School Buses and daily or weekly walking programs. The program also conducts traffic safety assemblies, bike safety rodeos and helmet fittings in Solano County schools.

Source: Students ready for National Bike to School Day

Safety to School poster contest starts – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Elementary and middle school students are welcome to enter the third annual Solano Safe Routes to School poster contest.

The top prize is a new bicycle, with helmet and lock. The second-place winner gets a $100 gift certificate from a local bike shop. The third-place winner gets a $50 gift certificate from a bike shop.

The contest is open to students from transitional kindergarten to eighth grade. The poster should show proper use of traffic safety laws, such as wearing a bike helmet, crossing the street in a crosswalk, or riding a bike with the flow of traffic.

Source: Safety to School poster contest starts – Daily Republic

New school start times, safety course for high schoolers on Vacaville Unified agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Principal Ed Santopadre’s twice-yearly report about Vacaville High, new school start times and necessary transportation changes, a new high school course about public service and safety, and a large Measure A contract are on the agenda when Vacaville Unified trustees meet tonight in Vacaville.

The longtime leader at the West Monte Vista Avenue campus, Santopadre, in a slide presentation, will review and update the seven-member governing board on myriad aspects of the school, from the mission and Advance Placement test results to standardized test results and graduation/dropout rates to school climate and multimillion-dollar Measure A projects.

More than likely, Chief Academic Officer Mark Frazier will present information about new school start times and necessary transportation changes that will occur in the fall.

Secondary schools, that is, high schools and middle schools, will start no earlier than 8:20 a.m., with elementary school start times beginning no earlier than 8 a.m.

 

Source: New school start times, safety course for high schoolers on Vacaville Unified agenda

Joint meeting between Vallejo City Council and school board planned – Times Herald

By John Glidden

After 18 months of trying, Vallejo school board Trustee Burky Worel will get his wish, as the two most important agencies in the city of Vallejo are scheduled to host a joint meeting.

The Vallejo City Council and Vallejo City Unified School District Governing Board will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 26, at the Vallejo High Annex, Professional Development Center, 1347 Amador St.

The meeting will feature discussions about school resource officers, traffic issues around schools, mobile food vendors and enforcement issues, and first time homebuyer program for teachers.

Each topic has a 15-minute time limit, according to the agenda.

The Vallejo City Clerk’s Office confirmed there are no prepared staff reports for the four items.

 

Source: Joint meeting between Vallejo City Council and school board planned

Vacaville Unified bus transportation budget tops $2.3 million – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A Vacaville Unified transportation leader will meet today with district officials at the Educational Services Center to continue planning in detail bus schedules that will align with the district’s new start times for the 2017-18 school year.

The planned meeting was announced last week during a district governing board meeting, when transportation supervisor Jodie Peters presented an overview of her department’s current services, staffing levels, budget, and fleet status, among other things.

Department services range from busing special needs students to and from school, from home to therapy (as needed), busing school-choice students, providing transportation for athletic and activity trips, and busing students who participate in the Early College High School program.

Source:  Vacaville Unified bus transportation budget tops $2.3 million – The Reporter

Updates on charter schools, transportation, a large Measure A contract on Vacaville Unified agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Updates on ACE and Buckingham High, two charter schools, and revisions to their charters, an update on the district’s transportation department, and the likely approval of a $300,000 Measure A contract are on the agenda when Vacaville Unified leaders meet tonight.

Kim Forrest, director of instruction, curriculum and assessment, will lead the charter schools update discussion, with the participation of ACE principal Jennifer Buzolich and Buckingham Principal Mike Boles.

She will ask them a pointed question, in keeping with state charter school law and the Education Code, the ways and means for how they will achieve a racial and ethnic balance that reflects the district to which they are aligned, Vacaville Unified.

Source: Updates on charter schools, transportation, a large Measure A contract on Vacaville Unified agenda

Keep students safe and healthy with Safe Routes to School – The Reporter

The Solano County Safe Routes to School (SR2S) Program team welcomes students back to school and is excited to work again with schools across Solano County.

During the 2015-16 school year, 58 schools and 17,000 students took part in the program. The goal of the SR2S program is simply to increase the number of students walking and bicycling to school. The program works with schools to teach students how to walk and ride in a safe manner, slow traffic near schools and reduce congestion and air pollution in school drop-off zones. And these efforts help to increase and promote physical activity for students before and after school.

“I am proud of the positive impact Solano’s SR2S program has in our communities since it began in 2008,” said Rio Vista Mayor and Solano Transportation Authority Board Chair Norman Richardson. “Every school district takes part in the program — I hope we can get every school to join in for our kids’ safety and health.”

 

Source: Keep students safe and healthy with Safe Routes to School

New Peabody Road bridge opens to traffic – The Reporter

By Jessica Rogness

After it was closed in full for 14 months, Peabody Road reopened with fanfare Thursday night with more than 200 people gathering to walk across the new road bridge.

Leading the way was the Vanden High School Drum Line, which marched across the new stretch of Peabody Road after Fairfield Mayor Harry Price cut the ribbon.People were posing for selfies to show they were standing on the new bridge.

Source: New Peabody Road bridge opens to traffic

Peabody Road to reopen on time – The Reporter

By Jessica Rogness

Peabody Road will reopen next month as planned.

The new Peabody overpass, part of the Fairfield-Vacaville Train Station Project, will be opened Aug. 4, 10 days ahead of a previously announced opening date.

Crews are beating a critical milestone of Aug. 14 to reopen the road after it has been closed for 14 months since June 2015.

“Making that milestone was absolutely critical,” said Ryan Panganiban, Fairfield associate civil engineer.

A grand re-opening ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 4. near the corner of Peabody and Vanden roads.

“We will be opening the road that night,” Panganiban said.

 

Source: Peabody Road to reopen on time

Video announces Peabody Road reopening date – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A video posted on the city of Fairfield’s Facebook page says Peabody Road will be reopened at 6 p.m. Aug. 4.The video features Ryan Panganiban, a project engineer from the city, inviting people to come by and thanking motorists for their patience during the project.

Source: Video announces Peabody Road reopening date

Bids for Driftwood Drive safe routes to school project rejected – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

It’s back to the drawing board for a Safe Routes to School project planned for Driftwood Drive on the north side of Crystal Middle School.

The Suisun City Council backed the city staff recommendation Tuesday with a unanimous vote to reject the two bids for the project, the lowest of which was almost $100,000 higher than the project’s $575,500 construction budget.

Suisun’s Public Works Department had hoped to see work start by summer so that construction would not affect Crystal Middle School, but now the city will have to adjust the project’s size and when it will start.

Source: Bids for Driftwood Drive safe routes to school project rejected

At Cambridge Elementary, students, families ‘think outside the car’ – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

They were probably thinking more about getting to class on time rather than the commendable theme of National Bike To School Day: “Think outside the car.”

Cambridge Elementary sixth-graders Kelsey Wall, riding a pinkish bicycle, and Alexus Sorenson, using a silvery metal scooter, both wearing safety helmets, pedaled and pushed their way to school early Wednesday, when the special day was observed at the Cambridge Drive campus, elsewhere in Solano County and across state and nation.

Source: At Cambridge Elementary, students, families ‘think outside the car’

National Bike To School Day set for Wednesday – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The Solano Transportation Authority encourages Solano County elementary and middle school to join National Bike To School Day Wednesday.

As part of National Bike Month in May, this one-day event, supported locally by the Solano Safe Routes to School program, encourages students and families to “think outside the car” by biking to school instead of getting in a car, Jayne Bauer, marketing and legislative program manager for the Suisun City-based authority, wrote in a prepared statement.

Rio Vista Mayor Norm Richardson, chairman of the authority’s board, added: “Biking to school is a healthy and fun way to start the day and also helps reduce traffic around schools and air pollution emissions. Studies show that physically active kids learn better and are more likely to become healthy adults. These are all great reasons to put your foot on the bike pedal instead of the car pedal!”

Source: National Bike To School Day set for Wednesday

School bus drivers vital link to home, school – Daily Republic

By Mayrene Bates

Just in case some of us may have forgotten, Tuesday was California School Bus Driver’s Day. I am a huge cheerleader for school bus drivers and each year try to make it a top priority to ride, at least, one of the routes – usually out of town.

I always return enthused, as I get to meet a new driver or renew an acquaintance with a driver who I’ve ridden with before like Eliane Medina. I also get to meet the children, of course, as well as greet parents who meet the bus to see their children off to school.

This School Bus Driver’s Day I was excited about taking the bus at 7 a.m. from the Solano County Office of Education’s transportation yard on Clay Bank Road and head out to schools in Fairfield and Green Valley with driver Medina. By the time we returned to the yard, it was time to join everyone for a mouth-watering barbecue to honor theses special heroes of the road.

Source: School bus drivers vital link to home, school

State announces traffic changes to Green Valley Road overcrossing – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Construction of the Green Valley Road overcrossing above Interstate 80 is nearing completion and the state Department of Transportation announced several changes to traffic patterns to allow construction crews to continue work.

Northbound traffic on the Green Valley Road overcrossing above westbound and eastbound I-80 will be routed starting Friday onto the new overcrossing. Southbound traffic will continue to use the existing lanes on the existing overcrossing.

The temporary configuration will allow crews to continue work on new approach lanes and prepare for demolition of the old overcrossing. This configuration will be in place for about six weeks until the new overcrossing is opened northbound and southbound.

Source: State announces traffic changes to Green Valley Road overcrossing