By Richard Bammer
The re-opening of Sierra Vista Elementary will not happen overnight, but already its eventual fate in the coming nine to 16 months prompted on Thursday a lively discussion among Vacaville Unified trustees, administrators and several passionate district parents.
Near the end of a 2 1/2-hour governing board workshop in the Educational Services Center, Superintendent Ken Jacopetti said that he welcomed the public comments as he suggested the district’s “next steps” for the Bel Air Drive campus. Among them were 1) conducting a community survey; and 2) allowing for additional airing of public sentiment about the school’s re-opening and what would be housed there under two options proposed by district staff — and possibly other options suggested by the public during the workshop.
His comments — and the workshop — came as the district and board members essentially marked the beginning of Phase 1 projects under Measure A, the $194 million school bond measure passed by a solid majority of Vacaville voters in November.