Vallejo school board increases Adam Clark’s salary – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

The Vallejo school board unanimously approved a new three-year contract with Superintendent Adam Clark, giving him a $12,000 raise on Wednesday.

The raise bumps Clark’s salary from $238,000 annually to $250,000, starting Feb. 1.

When first hired in September 2017, Clark received a yearly base salary of $230,000. However, through a “me too” clause in his contract, Clark has received matching pay increases from the “highest annual percentage salary adjustment to the base salary schedule for any employee group during the term,” according to his previous contract.

That “me too” clause was removed from his new contract which is retroactive to July 1, 2019.

Source: Vallejo school board increases Adam Clark’s salary; praises his leadership – Times-Herald

Changes coming for Corbus Field in Vallejo – Times-Herald

By Matt O’Donnell

Corbus Field has given Vallejo and Jesse Bethel high school athletes plenty of thrills over the years.

Now the old stadium will receive some much-needed upgrades in the next few years.

The Vallejo Unified School Board approved a contract between the district and the Napa-based Chaudhary and Associates for a site survey of Corbus Field and Casper Oval refurbishment project at last week’s meeting. The contract is worth $16,240 and will be paid through Measure S funds, according to the district.

The district has scheduled construction of phase one, which includes the turf and track, following high school graduations in June. Phase two of the makeover is not expected to happen until 2024 and will be much more involved. That will include demolishing the bleachers on both sides, the press box, bathrooms and locker rooms.

Source: Changes coming for Corbus Field in Vallejo – Times-Herald

Vallejo school board asked to give Adam Clark $20,000 raise – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

Vallejo’s top school official is expected to receive a $20,000 raise and have his employment contract extended by several years during the school board meeting on Wednesday.

If approved by trustees, Vallejo City Unified School District Superintendent Adam Clark will start making an annual salary of $250,000 starting on Feb. 1.

When he began with the district in September 2017, Clark made a base salary of $230,000 each year, according to his current employment contract with the district. The new contract is retroactive to July 1, 2019 and runs through June 30, 2022.

Source: Vallejo school board asked to give Adam Clark $20,000 raise – Times-Herald

Vallejo Superintendent Adam Clark recommending Lincoln remain open – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

It appears the oldest public school in the city of Vallejo won’t close anytime soon.

Vallejo school district Superintendent Adam Clark sent notice Friday afternoon, shortly before the school board’s Wednesday agenda was released to the public, that his office is recommending Lincoln Elementary School remain open.

However, three other school sites — Beverly Hills Elementary School, Franklin Middle School and the Farragut Academy — are being recommended to be closed or consolidated for the 2020-21 school year.

Source: Vallejo Superintendent Adam Clark recommending Lincoln remain open – Times-Herald

Vallejo school board asked to approve project labor agreement – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

A year after Vallejo voters overwhelmingly approved Measure S — a $194 million bond to repair local schools — the school board will be asked to approve a project labor agreement (PLA) with numerous trade organizations and unions.

The Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, inside the Governing Board Room, at 665 Walnut Avenue on Mare Island in Vallejo.

The PLA will apply to construction projects of $1.5 million or more in the school district using Measure S bond monies. PLAs are pre-hire collective bargaining agreements establishing terms and conditions of employment for certain projects.

Source: Vallejo school board asked to approve project labor agreement – Times-Herald

Vallejo committee recommending Lincoln and Beverly Hills schools be closed – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

Pleas from local parents and students last month apparently didn’t sway a special Vallejo school district committee from recommending the closure of Beverly Hills and Lincoln elementary schools.

The Vallejo school board will receive a final report on Wednesday from the District Property Advisory Committee, which is recommending students from both schools be relocated, freeing up the property for sale or re-use as another district facility.

The board is expected to make a final decision on whether to implement the recommendations at a future meeting.

Source: Vallejo committee recommending Lincoln and Beverly Hills schools be closed – Times-Herald

The saga of Vallejo’s oldest school – Times-Herald

By Brendan Riley

Vallejo was booming in 1857 when a four-room public school was built at the corner of Carolina Street and Sonoma Boulevard. Now, 163 years later, students still attend classes there — but Lincoln Elementary School’s days may be numbered.

Public schools have been at the downtown Carolina Street location longer than any other site in Vallejo. That history, however, may not overcome the stark reality of decreasing enrollments and funding woes faced by the city’s school system.

Source: Brendan Riley’s Solano Chronicles: The saga of Vallejo’s oldest school – Times-Herald

School board approves tentative agreement with union – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

With no comment, the Vallejo school board unanimously approved a tentative agreement during Dec. 18 meeting with the California School Employees Association (CSEA).

The new agreement with the non-teaching district employees will cost the Vallejo City Unified School District about $997,442 as members receive a two-percent salary increase and a one-time $500 bonus.

The agreement also includes an arrangement for the district to cover the dental plans for all CSEA members and their families starting in January.

Source: School board approves tentative agreement with union – Times-Herald

Vallejo school board asked to approve tentative agreement with CSEA – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

The Vallejo school district has reached a tentative agreement with the non-teaching district employees for a two-percent salary increase and a one-time $500 bonus to each employee covered by the California School Employees Association (CSEA).

The tentative agreement will go before the Vallejo school board for approval on Wednesday.

It’s expected to cost the district $997,442 with a bulk of that cost, $488,756, set aside for the two percent salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2018. The increase will paid to the employees on Feb. 28, 2020.

Source: Vallejo school board asked to approve tentative agreement with California School Employees Association – Times-Herald

VCUSD budget update — expected to drop under 10,000 students in two years – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

Vallejo Unified School District officials anticipate there will be less than 10,000 students attending district schools by the 2021-22 school year, continuing the trend of declining enrollment.

The Vallejo school board on Dec. 11 unanimously approved the first interim report for the district’s budget — which includes anticipated student attendance.

Adrian Vargas, the district’s chief business official, said the district expects to have about 9,892 students in two years — down at least 1,300 students from the current count of 11,259. He noted student loss to ELITE Charter School and the new Griffin Academy High School as two of the primary reasons.

Source: Vallejo district gets budget update — expected to drop under 10,000 students in two years – Times-Herald

Committee recommends renaming Vallejo middle school in honor of John Finney – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

A special advisory committee is recommending that Vallejo Middle School be renamed in honor of longtime educator John Finney — however, not everyone agrees.

Committee members presented their ideas during Wednesday’s Vallejo school board meeting of renaming the former middle school site to the John W. Finney Education Complex. The complex would be home to a professional development center, independent study, the Everest Academy, and the continuation school named in Finney’s honor.

“John W. Finney had a long illustrious career in education as an administrator in this district,” said committee spokesperson Elissa Shanks Stewart.

Source: Committee recommends renaming Vallejo middle school in honor of John Finney – Times-Herald

District eyeing possible closure of schools; public hearing Dec. 17 – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

Eight different Vallejo school district properties – including the home of the oldest public school in the city of Vallejo – are up for possible closure.

A special Vallejo City Unified School District committee will hold a public hearing Dec. 17 to discuss the sale or leasing of the properties as the district continues to face financial challenges.

The list includes active school sites like Lincoln Elementary, Franklin Middle, Beverly Hills Elementary, and Farragut Academy, while the district’s main office building on Mare Island is also up for possible closure.

The former home of John Finney High School on Colusa Street and the shuttered Grant Elementary and Crest Center on Gateway Drive are the other district properties being considered.

Source: District eyeing possible closure of schools; public hearing Dec. 17 – Times-Herald

Jesse Bethel High graduate helping out with broadcasting club – Times-Herald

BY Thomas Gase

Rizal Aliga wants to tell Vallejo about all the good things occurring at Jesse Bethel High School. But instead of shouting the news from the rooftop, he has decided to just broadcast it.

Aliga, a 2016 graduate of Bethel and 2019 graduate of UC Santa Cruz, has helped start a lunchtime and after-school club that runs KJBJ, a group intended to give more coverage on the whole school that deals with radio, streaming, broadcasting and other journalism elements.

Teens in the group learn to use a camera, call play-by-play for numerous sporting events, talk into the microphone and use proper interviewing skills and then putting it all together for Mixcloud and the online site. Group participants also learn about editing skills and music, such as when to play certain music during games. The club covers just about every Bethel athletic activity and is intending to do a documentary for each of them.

Source: Jesse Bethel High graduate helping out with broadcasting club – Times-Herald

Vallejo school board approves new trustee-area map – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

Starting in November 2020, Vallejo residents will elect board members on Vallejo City Unified School District by geographic area.

The school board voted 3-2 on Wednesday to adopt a final trustee area map, which creates five different areas with a governing board member elected by the residents living in that particular area.

Both Board President Bob Lawson and Trustee Christy Gardner opposed selection of the map, known as Scenario 2, in favor of a fourth map submitted by Lawson. Both will be up for election in 2020. Lawson was first elected to the school board in 2016 and Gardner was appointed earlier this year to fill the vacancy created when Marianne Kearney-Brown resigned from the board.

Source: Vallejo school board approves new trustee-area map – Times-Herald

Third graders in Vallejo not lost for words – Times-Herald

By Richard Freedman

Implicate: To show or suggest that someone is involved in something illegal or morally wrong; implicate someone in something: Three top officials have been implicated in the scandal.

Perhaps a bit above a third graders play grade, Derrick Karimian nonetheless asked about 105 students at Wardlaw Elementary School to locate and define the seemingly complex word.

Fortunately, they had some help — besides their teachers: Brand new MacMillan dictionaries, compliments of the Vallejo Rotary Club. And not just at Wardlaw, but at 15 other Vallejo schools during the annual distribution.

Source: Third graders in Vallejo not lost for words – Times-Herald

Vallejo school superintend defends calls on outage, bad air days – Times-Herald

By Richard Freedman

When Dr. Adam Clark decided it was best to open Vallejo schools Monday despite a power outage, close them later in the day because of poor air quality, and keep schools closed all Tuesday because of the air, he didn’t consult a psychic, do rock-paper-scissors with a third grader or base his decision by arm-wrestling a middle school parent.

Or, as Clark said, “I’m not making this stuff up. I didn’t flip a coin.”

Shutting down a district with about 11,500 students “is one of the toughest decisions I have to make,” Clark said. “I don’t make it in isolation. I talk to my own ‘cabinet’ — folks at the sites. I ask the board if it has concerns. It really is a collaborative effort. There really is a thought process.”

Clark sat for an hour chat at his district office on Mare Island early Wednesday afternoon, explaining the decisions in reacting to air quality from area fires to the apparent new reality of PG&E power outages.

Source: Vallejo school superintend defends calls on outage, bad air days – Times-Herald

City Reactivates Emergency Operations Center – SFGate

The city of Vallejo reactivated its Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday following PG&E’s second Public Safety Power Shutoff in the past week due to high winds that could cause the utility company’s equipment to spark a wildfire.

Significant areas of Vallejo were still without power leading to the second power shutdown. Additional areas may lose power and restoration may take longer, Vallejo officials said.

A city information center for status updates and information on available resources for the public, and commercial services and water billing will be open at City Hall between noon and 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. All other city facilities remain closed.

Source: City Reactivates Emergency Operations Center – SFGate

Schools open, then close because of poor air quality – Times-Herald

By Richard Freedman

Solano County Public Health issued a warning Monday with air quality dropping because of smoke from the Kincade Fire.

Residents should remain indoors and limit outdoor activity, especially those deemed “sensitive to smoke.”

After opening all public schools Monday, Vallejo City Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark dismissed all students approximately 11:15 a.m.

“Due to the smoke and poor air quality, we have decided to cancel school for the remainder of (Monday) and (Tuesday). All student absences for Monday will be excused,” Clark said in a release to all schools and parents.

Source: Schools open, then close because of poor air quality – Times-Herald

Always Something To Celebrate – Times-Herald

By Richard Freedman

Kaiser Permanente has awarded $1 million in grants to 42 local nonprofit organizations that provide services and programs to improve the health of under-served communities throughout the Napa Solano area. The grant recipients include local non-profits, public health agencies, school districts, and human service organizations.

Local recipients include, from Vallejo:

Fighting Back Partnership, which will use its funding to increase the health of underserved Vallejo communities by expanding capacity to provide comprehensive case management and social emotional learning activities to 20 low-to-moderate-income families and 500 high school youth within the Vallejo City Unified School District.

Source: October 24 Arts and Entertainment Source: Always Something To Celebrate – Times-Herald

Attendance Awareness poster winners announced – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education this week announced the winners of the 2019 Solano Countywide Attendance Awareness Poster Contest, according to a press release.

September was Attendance Awareness Month and SCOE hosted the contest to provide school districts the opportunity to engage students in conversations about the critical role that school attendance has on student achievement. 72 students from school districts across Solano County submitted posters for consideration in the contest.

There were three categories in the contest with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category. These students will be recognized at their respective district school board meetings.

Source: Attendance Awareness poster winners announced