Kindness contest, proposed budget reductions on Fairfield-Suisun district agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A Kindness Video Contest presentation, recommended budget reductions for the 2017-18 year, and the sunshining of a classified contract proposal are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet Thursday in Fairfield.

As they have recently at other area trustee meetings, staff from the offices of Supervisor John Vasquez and District Attorney Krishna Abrams will present information about a contest the two have devised: The Power of Kindness.

The seven-member governing board is expected to approve a resolution in support of the video contest.

In a presentation earlier this month to Vacaville Unified trustees, Vasquez and Tonya Covington, representing Abrams, told trustees that their families had been affected by bullying.

The contest asks students, through video, to illustrate positive behavior and show others the power that kindness can have on their school and community.

Source: Kindness contest, proposed budget reductions on Fairfield-Suisun district agenda

MIT adopts safe haven resolution – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Joining the Vallejo school district, the Mare Island Technology Academy Board of Directors approved a resolution this week declaring its charter schools as “Safe Haven” zones.

In response to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies many school districts across the state have approved such resolutions to ease the fears of parents and students.

The resolution stipulates that both MIT’s middle and high schools will not release the immigration status of students to federal agencies or other authorities without parental permission or a warrant, court order, or subpena, the resolution states.

Staff at both schools are required to notify the superintendent’s office should any representatives from the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) come to a school site unannounced to interrogate or take custody of a student, the resolution further states.

 

Source: MIT adopts safe haven resolution

Solano high school students give their all in Academic Decathlon – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

Super Bowl Sunday has finally arrived.

But throughout the day Saturday at Solano Community College, high school students from across the region gathered to take part in a Super Bowl of a different sort as 14 teams and 255 total participants took part in the North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon Super Quiz.

As mistress of ceremonies and Solano County superintendent of schools, Lisette Estrella-Henderson told the gathered competitors, “This is the real Super Bowl.”

Source: Solano high school students give their all in Academic Decathlon

Vallejo school board approved safe haven resolution – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Applause erupted during Wednesday’s Vallejo City Unified School District Governing Board meeting after trustees unanimously approved a resolution designating the district’s schools as “safe haven zones.”

Formed in direct response to the recent presidential election, the resolution directs VCUSD Superintendent Ramona Bishop, and/or her designee, to not cooperate with Federal Immigration authorities, except required by law.

The resolution also gives Bishop authority to “protect the data and identities of any student, family members, or school employee who may be adversely affected by any future policies or executive action that results in the collection of any personally identifiable information,” by the Trump administration.

Immigration officials must receive written approval from Bishop before entering district grounds, unless agents present a warrant signed by either a federal or state judge, according to the resolution.

 

Source: Vallejo school board approved safe haven resolution

Vallejo parent symposium scheduled on Feb. 16 – Times Herald

By Times Herald Staff

Parents of children in the Vallejo City Unified School District are invited to participate in a special symposium on Feb. 16.

Hosted by the Vallejo Parent Leadership Committee, the Healthy Opportunity for Parent Education (HOPE) event will celebrate school spirit, and the parent, teacher, classified and administrator of the year, according to a news release from the committee.

Breakout sessions for parents will include several topis: school attendance matters, early childhood learning, navigating resources available and using online tools, assisting your child with homework, and peer counseling for parents.

Source: Vallejo parent symposium scheduled on Feb. 16

Vallejo trustees to mull over ‘safe haven’ resolution – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Trustees with the Vallejo City Unified School District will consider designating the district’s schools as “safe haven zones” during a Wednesday meeting in direct response to the recent presidential election.

The draft resolution directs VCUSD Superintendent Ramona Bishop, and/or her designee, to not cooperate with Federal Immigration authorities, except as required by law, and to notify parents of any immigration inquiry about their children which is submitted to the district.

The resolution also gives Bishop authority to “protect the data and identities of any student, family members, or school employee who may be adversely affected by any future policies or executive action that results in the collection of any personally identifiable information,” by the Trump administration.

The proposed resolution requires that immigration officials may not enter without prior written approval from the district superintendent, unless agents present a warrant signed by either a federal or state judge.

Source: Vallejo trustees to mull over “safe haven” resolution – Times Herald

 

Vallejo man still in the education trenches at age 88 – Times Herald

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

Adolph “Al” Berenguer of Vallejo said he plans to die with his boots on, though, since he doesn’t wear boots, loafers would probably be more accurate. That also might be entirely believable, considering the 88-year-old teacher is still in the classroom at least a couple days a week.

Besides teaching English as a second language, Spanish and Latin at the Vallejo Adult School and the Florence Douglass Senior Center, Berenguer is presently working on his third book. And this is only since retiring after more than 50 years teaching in the Vallejo City Unified School District.

Source: Vallejo man still in the education trenches at age 88

VCUSD begins new campaign that focuses on unity – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Vallejo school district officials announced the start of a new initiative Thursday, aimed at providing an opportunity for “positive student and staff expression.”

The campaign, named Strength in Unity, emphasizes that the Vallejo City Unified School District and Vallejo community need to work together for the betterment of everyone, officials said.

“The Strength in Unity Campaign provides an opportunity for all of us to celebrate our students, staff and community and highlight our best practices,” said VCUSD spokesperson Alana Shackelford, in a follow-up email to the Times-Herald.

Each school site, for the following school year, and possibly during the 2017-18 school year, will engage in several activities, Shackelford added.

These activities include open mike sessions during lunchtime, allowing students to sing, read poetry, or share their respective views, while also holding restorative community circles, giving students and staff the ability to share “positive thoughts and wishes for the future of our city and our nation,” according to a district news release.

 

Source: VCUSD begins new campaign that focuses on unity

VCUSD begins new campaign that focusses on unity – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Vallejo school district officials announced the start of a new initiative Thursday, aimed at providing an opportunity for “positive student and staff expression.”

The campaign, named Strength in Unity, emphasizes that the Vallejo City Unified School District and Vallejo community need to work together for the betterment of everyone, officials said.

“The Strength in Unity Campaign provides an opportunity for all of us to celebrate our students, staff and community and highlight our best practices,” said VCUSD spokesperson Alana Shackelford, in a follow-up email to the Times-Herald.

Each school site, for the following school year, and possibly during the 2017-18 school year, will engage in several activities, Shackelford added.

 

Source: VCUSD begins new campaign that focusses on unity

VCUSD eyes replacing paging system – Times Herald

By John Glidden

The Vallejo City Unified School District is seeking to replace its internal paging system, a move which is estimated to cost about $200,000 to $250,000.

The VCUSD Board of Education will review the request during its meeting Wednesday night.

“For general announcements and emergency pages, it is recommended that wall-mounted speakers designed specifically for paging purposes be installed and tied into a paging system that is housed locally at the site, but can be monitored and administered centrally, according to a district staff report. “In addition, several schools are utilizing paging systems that are more than 30 years old and cannot be administered centrally.”

District staff is recommending that a control system, along with wiring, and speakers be installed at each school site to allow for paging services and emergency broadcasts.

 

Source: VCUSD eyes replacing paging system

Rebuilding Together, Kaiser, CMA pass test at Vallejo High – Times Herald

By Richard Freedman

Tom Olson didn’t have to be at Vallejo High School on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Then again, being a retired contractor, Olson didn’t really have to be anywhere. But there he was — with about 70 others — helping work some magic around the Vallejo High School campus on Monday on behalf of Rebuilding Together Solano County.

It’s basically a pay-it-forward type deal, Olson said.

“I have one son who is handicapped and people have done a lot for him,” Olson said. “I figure I’m going to give back.”

Olson, 72, also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.

“I’ve done this for years,” he said of volunteering.

 

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Vallejo High School to benefit from MLK workday – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Vallejo High School will be the recipient of Rebuilding Together Solano County’s 8th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, it was announced this week.

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, Home Depot, and Recology Vallejo, numerous volunteers on Monday are expected to make improvements to the faculty lounge, clean the auditorium, and perform weeding and other yard work at the high school.

The workday will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Vallejo High School, 840 Nebraska St. with a prep-workday scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Source: Vallejo High School to benefit from MLK workday

Vallejo School trustees pull request to change board president – Times Herald

By John Glidden

A request to replace Ruscal Cayangyang as Vallejo school board president was dropped from the agenda Wednesday night before the matter could be discussed.

While adopting the meeting agenda for the night, the board, in a 4-1 vote, removed a request from board Vice President Burky Worel seeking to install Trustee Marianne Kearney-Brown as board president.

Trustee Tony Ubalde was first to raise concern about the agenda item.

“I feel that to have a positive working relationship; it’s important that we affirm each other,” he said. “To do something like this, is not helpful or affirmative or respectful of each other.”

Source: Vallejo School trustees pull request to change board president

Vallejo school board changes start time – Times Herald

By John Glidden

A spirited discussion was held during the Dec. 7 Vallejo school board meeting, as a majority of trustees agreed to move the meeting time up an hour to 6 p.m.

Board members expressed a desire to shorten presentations and “streamline” the meetings.

While several members of the public also spoke, wondering about the impact of such a move.

Resident Robert Schussel stated the board doesn’t have “well-run meetings.” He advocated that the board add a third meeting per month. Currently, the board meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month.

“Only go to a 6 or 7 p.m. meeting (time), if you can get your act together,” Schussel added.

 

Source: Vallejo school board changes start time

Vallejo school board looks to dump Wells Fargo – Times Herald

By John Glidden

In direct response to a scandal which rocked Wells Fargo recently, the Vallejo school board during its Dec. 7 organizational meeting directed staff to seek another institution as the district’s designated bank.

Staff had recommended that the Vallejo City Unified School District continue to keep its clearing and revolving accounts, along with the student body and scholarship funds with Wells Fargo.

On Sept. 8, the San Francisco-based bank was hit with $185 million in fines for the scandal, in which Wells employees, under pressure to hit sales targets, secretly opened as many as 2 million bogus accounts and funded them with customer money. The fines were imposed in a settlement with the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and two other agencies.

Cecile Nunley, the district’s chief business officer, said during the meeting that the bulk of VCUSD’s funds are handled through Solano County.

 

Source: Vallejo school board looks to dump Wells Fargo

Vallejo school board to hold special closed session meeting – Times Herald

By Times Herald Staff

A special closed session of the Vallejo school board is slated to take place at 4 p.m., Thursday.

The board will discuss possible discipline for a Vallejo City Unified School District employee, and receive information about anticipated litigation.

In addition, the school board will hold a conference with the Vallejo Education Association, and California School Employees Association, the unions which represent district teachers and staff.

The public will have a chance to speak on the items before the closed session, however, the actual session is closed to the general public.

Source: Vallejo school board to hold special closed session meeting

Vallejo school board trustees sworn in – Times Herald

By John Glidden

In front of a packed chamber, three board members were sworn into office during the Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education meeting Wednesday night.

The board welcomed back incumbent Ruscal Cayangyang, and newest members Marianne Kearney-Brown, and Bob Lawson.

Cayangyang easily defeated former trustee Hazel Wilson by about 4,700 votes to retain his seat on the board during the recent election.Both were seeking to represent the short-term, two-year board seat, which is open for election again in 2018.

Source: Vallejo school board trustees sworn in

Solano supervisors to get ‘State of the Schools’ report – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Solano County Superintendent of Schools Jay Speck is scheduled to give his “State of the Schools” report to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

The report is actually a legislative requirement that is the result of the Williams Case Settlement, a class action suit filed in San Francisco against the state in 2000.

Settled in 2004, the state allocated $138 million more for educational materials to certain qualifying schools, plus additional funding for oversight and facility repairs. The Legislature then required each county office of education to complete reports on the areas of concern in the lawsuit.

Source: Solano supervisors to get ‘State of the Schools’ report

Vallejo school board postpones RFQ on PR consultant – Times Herald

By John Glidden

The Vallejo school board agreed to postpone its search for a public relations consultant until it could hold a discussion on the job duties for the position.

Suggested by Vallejo City Unified School District Trustee Ward “Ace” Stewart, the board in a 3-2 vote tabled approving releasing a request for qualifications for the consultant.

VCUSD Board President Tony Ubalde and Vice President Ruscal Canyangyang voted against.

According to a staff report, the district was asking the board to spend $1,000 from the general fund to advertise for a public information consultant.

The consultant would support the VCUSD by “providing feedback on press release, newsletters, reports and brochures and ensure dissemination of positive stories about VCUSD to local, state and national media outlets,” district staff said in the same report.

 

Source: Vallejo school board postpones RFQ on PR consultant

Vallejo school board to seek PR consultant – The Reporter

By John Glidden

The Vallejo City Unified School District wants to improve its public image so it can attract students and families.

The board of education is slated to review a proposal Wednesday night, which, if approved, would authorize the district to spend $1,000 from the general fund to advertise for a public information consultant.

According to the district, the consultant would support the VCUSD by “providing feedback on press release, newsletters, reports and brochures and ensure dissemination of positive stories about VCUSD to local, state and national media outlets.”

Source: Vallejo school board to seek PR consultant