Study puts Fairfield-Suisun USD in middle for salaries, revenues, benefits – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A comparison of the Fairfield-Suisun School District with a dozen other nearby, similar districts found Fairfield-Suisun in the middle of categories that include salaries, revenues and employee benefits.

Fairfield-Suisun was the largest of the 13 districts that included the Vacaville, Travis and Dixon school districts as well as Berkeley and Napa Valley.

The study used California Department of Education data from 2015-16.

Source: Study puts Fairfield-Suisun School District in middle for salaries, revenues, benefits

Symbolic walk recalls those who died on 9/11; keeps memory alive for younger generation – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Children from Travis and Scandia elementary schools walked Monday in memory of those fallen during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Teachers – many dressed in red, white and blue – escorted the first-, second- and sixth-graders to an open space on the lawn by the Airmen and Family Readiness Center.

“This is the 11th year for this Freedom Walk,” said Deanna Yashki, principal of Travis Elementary. “This is a way to remember those who lost their lives on 9/11 and the survivors and heroes of that day.”

Source: Symbolic walk on Travis base recalls those who died on 9/11; keeps memory alive for younger generation

On TUSD agenda: Impact Aid, Scandia roofing project – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A resolution urging Congress not to reduce and also increase Federal Impact Aid and a nearly $300,000 change order for the Scandia Elementary roof project are on the agenda tonight when Travis Unified leaders meet in Fairfield.

Superintendent Pamela Conklin recommends that the five-member governing board approve a resolution that urges Congress to prevent spending cuts and to increase funding for Federal Impact Aid, millions of taxpayer dollars annually upon which the district, with schools on or closely adjacent to Travis Air Force Base, depends to pay its bills. The district also operates two elementaries in Vacaville, Cambridge and Foxboro.

Federal Impact Aid, a law which President Harry Truman signed in 1950, is money given by the federal government to school districts that are affected by a large number of students living on federal property — such as military bases, national parks and Indian reservations — to compensate for the loss of local property tax revenues. About one in three Travis Unified 5,500 students is a military dependent.

The resolution comes amid the ongoing Scandia Elementary Modernization Project on Travis Air Force Base.

Source: On TUSD agenda: Impact Aid, Scandia roofing project

9/11 remembered at Travis Air Force Base – The Reporter

Students, teachers and staff from both Scandia and Travis elementary schools at Travis Air Force Base walked to honor the victims and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Monday, marking the 16th year since the tragic events in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. Walking about a mile to the base’s Airman and Family Readiness Center, they heard about the history of the American Flag, listened to classmates sign patriotic songs and poems and waved flags to honor the heroes. To view more images from the ceremony visit TheReporter.com.

Source: 9/11 remembered at Travis Air Force Base

Solano firefighters, children, service members, volunteers mark Patriot Day – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Solano County residents will mark Patriot Day with a variety of planned activities and events to mark the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that thrust the nation on a war footing that has since remained largely in place.

Suisun City’s firefighters will continue their tradition of honoring those who died in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 with a morning bell ringing and an evening ceremony.

Source: Solano firefighters, children, service members, volunteers mark Patriot Day

Travis district considers sending funding resolution to Congress – The Reporter

By Todd R. Hansen

Travis School District officials are feeling a little more at ease about funding levels from the Federal Impact Aid Program, but are hopeful the amount will increase in the future.

The appropriation proposals for the program in the Senate and House versions each have an increase over last year’s level, with the Senate bill calling for $11.5 million more and the House adding $28 million.

Source: Travis district considers sending funding resolution to Congress

Will C. Wood, Vanden football games postponed – The Reporter

By Michael Morris

Due to intense heat and to ensure the safety and overall health of student-athletes, Friday night’s football games for Will C. Wood High School and Vanden High School were postponed.

Will C. Wood’s varsity road game against River Valley High School is rescheduled for 9 a.m. today. Vanden’s home game versus Rodriguez High School is canceled. While the Vanden JV team was able to compete Thursday night, Wood’s JV and freshman football games were canceled all together, according to Wood Athletic Director Beth Kelly.

After a weeklong dialogue with River Valley and representatives of the Sac-Joaquin Section, Kelly received a final call Friday afternoon from River Valley Athletic Director Phil McCaulley. The Yuba City Unified School District had elected to reschedule the varsity game and cancel the freshman and JV games.

Source: Will C. Wood, Vanden football games postponed

Vanden accepting donations at football game for hurricane victims in Houston – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Vanden High boys basketball team will be accepting donations for the hurricane relief in Houston at Friday’s football game against Rodriguez, Friday.

Vikings coach Mike Holloway asked people attending the game to bring either a new tee-shirt or sweatshirt, lightly worn jeans, lightly worn shoes and/or diapers.

“In light of the devastation that continues in the city of Houston, boys basketball would like to do our part in support of those who may have lost the essentials in that horrific hurricane,” Holloway said in an email.

Source: Vanden accepting donations at football game for hurricane victims in Houston

First-day jitters, high spirits, class rules – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A new pack on his back, Mikkel Garcia, 5, of Vacaville, trudged along Cambridge Drive late Wednesday morning, his father, Alan, and grandmother, Carole, beside him.

A fan of video games, his long hair in two braids, the incoming Cambridge Elementary kindergartner — clad in a black T-shirt with tuxedo imagery over black shorts and black tennis shoes, all new — made his way to Kathryn Carter-Stewart’s classroom at 11:30 a.m., 10 minutes before the first bell of the Cambridge Drive school’s afternoon kindergarten session.

“He’s nervous,” said the elder Garcia, the father of two other Cambridge students.

Source: First-day jitters, high spirits, class rules

Travis district starts school year on upbeat note – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

A proud Koreshia McLemore lined up her son, Vanden High School freshman Isaiah, with a couple of his friends before taking the picture.

“I just want to cry,” McLemore said, dropping her son off for his first day of high school, “but I am not worried about him at all.”

McLemore said her son had already started his day helping with the school’s Senior Sunrise, a school tradition where the school’s senior class gets to school at about 3 a.m. to greet the sun.

“He will have a long day today, probably not getting home until 8 p.m.,” she said, referring to his after-school football practice.

The McLemores were just two of several thousand parents and students present for the start of the Travis School District’s 2017-18 school year Wednesday.

Source: Travis district starts school year on upbeat note

Vacaville school district ranked in detailed income-expense comparative analysis – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Vacaville Unified leaders late last week were nowhere near a school cafeteria but they heard plenty of information from representatives of an advocacy educational resources firm that provided food for thought as the district’s new academic year begins Thursday.

Two employees from the Sacramento-based School Services of California Inc., which offers business, financial, management and support for the state’s 1,000 school districts, laid out the numbers during Thursdays’s governing board meeting, an comparative analysis of district income and expenses side-by-side with a dozen primarily other Bay Area districts for the 2015-16 year (the most recent for which their specific data was available).

School district officials had requested the analysis, Sheila Vickers, a company vice president, told trustees. The analysis and comparisons cast an eye on districts with similar average daily attendance and percentages of “unduplicated” students, that is, English learners, low-income and foster youth.

Source: Vacaville school district ranked in detailed income-expense comparative analysis

Travis school board ok’s 45-day budget revision – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Travis Unified leaders approved the 45-day revision to the district’s 2017-18 budget of $56.7 million, with $1.2 million in deficit spending and a $4.8 million ending fund balance.

In accord with the Budget Act, California school districts are required to make public any revisions to their annual budgets with 45 days after the initial adoption on or before July 1 every year.

During a meeting Tuesday night in the Travis Education Center, Sonia Lasyone, the district’s new chief business officer, told the five-member governing board that revenues, because of “one-time” mandated state dollars, will increase nearly $800,000 this coming year, welcome news.

But, she noted, there was some bad news, too: Local Control Funding Formula sources will drop by $19,000 this fiscal year, and by $131,000 and $199,000, respectively, in the next two.

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TUSD agenda: 45-day budget revision, hike in meal costs – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The 45-day budget revision, a 5-cent increase for school breakfasts and lunches and the adoption of school district goals are on the agenda when Travis Unified leaders meet tonight.

Sonia Lasyone, the chief business officer, will present the 45-day revision to the district’s 2017-18 budget of $56.7 million, with $1.2 million in deficit spending and a $4.8 million ending fund balance.

In accord with the Budget Act, California school districts are required to make public any revisions to their annual budgets after the initial adoption on or before July 1 every year.

In the case of Travis, Lasyone will tell the five-member governing board that revenues, because of one-time mandated dollars, will increase nearly $800,000 this coming year. Additionally, Local Control Funding Formula sources will drop by $19,000 this fiscal year, and by $131,000 and $199,000, respectively, in the next two fiscal years.

Source: TUSD agenda: 45-day budget revision, hike in meal costs

Japan Fest fundraiser returns to Fairfield for fifth year – The Reporter

By Jessica Rogness

Fairfield’s Sister City Exchange Program is hosting a fundraiser next month with Japanese music, dance, crafts and food for all ages.

The fifth annual Japan Fest will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky St.

Japan Fest is held the same weekend as the Tomato Festival, just three blocks away.

This year’s performers include Ensohza, a Japanese folk dance group, as well as the Wesley Ukulele Band from San Jose.

The Sacramento Kendo Club will give demonstrations of Japanese martial arts on stage.

Source: Japan Fest fundraiser returns to Fairfield for fifth year

New Travis district students can register July 31 – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Travis Unified School District will host a registration day for TK-12 students new to the district on July 31 at the Vanden High School library.

Two sessions will be held: 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Vanden is located at 2951 Markeley Lane, in Fairfield.

Prospective students and parents can complete the registration on site and turn in all required documents. Required documents include two proofs of residence, birth certificate, immunization records and school records from the prior year. If applicable, a current 504 Plan or IEP is also required.

Source: New Travis district students can register July 31

Fairfield-Suisun schools spur state law to pay for student field trips – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation by Assemblyman Jim Frazier allowing school districts to pay for student field trips to other states – a measure spurred by Fairfield-Suisun School District students competing in a robotics event in Kentucky.

“I thank Fairfield-Suisun School District for bringing the need for this legislation to my attention,” Frazier said in a press release.

“School districts have been explicitly prohibited from using funds to help students participate in field trips or educational excursions out of state,” said Frazier, D-Discovery Bay. “AB 341 changes this, allowing schools to use district funds to enhance educational opportunities by increasing access to student resources.”

Source: Fairfield-Suisun schools spur state law to pay for student field trips

Mattress company begins school supplies drive for foster youth – The Reporter

Summer vacation is underway, but a new school year is right around the corner.

Consider that classes begin Aug. 9 in Dixon Unified, Aug. 17 for Vacaville Unified, Aug. 21 for Vacaville Christian Schools, and Aug. 23 for Travis Unified.

But for local foster children who might be headed to a new school, this time of year can bring concern about fitting in and keeping up academically. Having the necessary school supplies can help ease their worry and allow them to focus on learning.

To that end, Mattress Firm, the mattress chain store with two outlets in Vacaville, is hosting, through Aug. 27, its School Supply Drive for Foster Kids, offering a simple template for the community to donate, a corporate spokesman said in a press release.

Source: Mattress company begins school supplies drive for foster youth

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

Travis school district leaders hire two from within and a new CBO – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Travis Unified leaders have approved three new appointments to the district management team, it has been announced.

Hired from within were Clay McAllester, as director of human resources, and Saundra Rushford, incoming Center Elementary principal, replacing McAllester in that post.

McAllester’s appointment comes four months after his serving as interim human resources director. He has been a district employee for three of his 30 years as an educator, serving in a variety of jobs, from teacher to vice principal to principal, before his latest post.

Rushford has held the interim principal position at Center Elementary, at 3101 Markeley Lane, since February.

 

Source: Travis school district leaders hire two from within and a new CBO

Several public hearings, manager contracts, developer fees on TUSD agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Several public hearings, senior manager employment contracts, and a proposed hike in developer fees are on the agenda when Travis Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

The first public hearing concerns the district’s school facilities needs analysis and a resolution, set for a vote later in the meeting, on Level 2 developer fees.

Likely to pass muster among the five-member governing board, the resolution calls for a hike in developer fees from $5.42 to $5.49 per square foot for new housing, with the exception of any residential development subject to mitigation agreement or a Mello-Roos Community Facilities District (CFD) special tax.

Trustees also will hear any public comments about the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP, the document that guides virtually all of a school district’s spending under Gov. Jerry Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula.

 

Source: Several public hearings, manager contracts, developer fees on TUSD agenda