By Susan Winlow
The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board will once again discuss multiple board policy changes that include its suspension and expulsion policy when it meets Thursday.
Trustee Pat Shamansky said Wednesday that the policy language changes to the suspension and expulsion/due process section – Board Policy 5144.1 – mirror changes made by the California School Boards Association; but the changes also come on the heels of a report by Angie Avonlitis, director of student accountability and support, on expulsion and suspensions in the district in which she said the district was not always following the Education Code when it came to expulsions.
The August report focused on areas such as the legalities of suspensions and expulsions, legal updates and hearing notices. Avonlitis also reported district expulsion numbers, which show a marked decline from 2008-09 when 254 students were expelled to last year when only 72 were expelled.