By Richard Bammer
Priorities and considerations for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 budgets, a contract to build a cost-savings solar panel parking structure and buy the generated power, and Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified board members meet tonight.
Among this year’s budget priorities are a 3.25 percent pay raise for all employee groups, except teachers; restoration of athletics transportation; adding science classrooms at the Fairfield Public Safety Academy; adding counseling and psychology services, and bilingual and communication outreach.
Already included in the district’s multiyear financial projections are nearly $400,000 in release time for teachers; nearly the same amount to hire a principal and support staff for the new Dover Academy for International Studies; nearly $250,000 to pay for a principal and support staff at Mary Bird Early Education Center; and nearly $200,000 to hire a new assistant principal and registrar at the Safety Academy.