Janitors waxed and buffed floors. Groundskeepers pruned shrubs and cut grass. Maintenance workers applied touch-up paint to whatever needed it. Teachers straightened desks, chairs and made sure all their books, supplies and computers were in place and working.
Facing increasingly racially diverse student bodies, high student-teacher ratios, the unsure outcome of November tax initiatives, reduced state budgets and declining enrollments, Vacaville Unified School District staff and some instructors this week prepared for an annual American rite: opening day of a new school year.