By Richard Bammer
As area school districts begin the new year, most with newly reconfigured governing boards, like their counterparts across the state, they will face a host of old and new concerns. They range from Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2015-16 budget and union negotiations to further implementation of Common Core and the need to provide technology to carry out required statewide testing.
In Vacaville Unified specifically, the new year also will mean taking the next steps to carry out voter mandates for Measure A, the $194 million school bond measure approved Nov. 4. The money will be used to repair and modernize the district’s 16 campuses and upgrade classroom technology, what educators say will help to prepare students for college and the 21st-century workplace. It will also pay for a new football stadium at Will C. Wood High and a new, two-story science building at Vacaville High.