A Willis Jepson Middle School teacher will perform Friday at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre in a concert that will raise funds for the school.
Justin Au plays the trumpet with the Beatles Guitar Project as it presents “Abbey Road.”
The Beatles Guitar Project is Northern California’s touring Beatles Rock Orchestra, featuring a professional string section, brass and woodwinds; as well as vocalists, backing vocalists and guest vocalists.
Source: Middle School music teacher joins Beatles Guitar Project concert | News | dailyrepublic.com
By Krys Shahin
A Vacaville Girl Scout troop created a wellness “zen den” for Willis Jepson Middle School students after noticing themselves and their peers struggling with mental health through the pandemic.
Troop 20113 consists of lifelong friends Amy Borchert, Cailtlin McGee, Lily Coble, Ayanna Elias and Nikki Magiera who wanted to help students like themselves have a safe place to decompress from the stress of their studies. The girls have known each other since preschool and banded together to create the Jaguar Zen Den.
Source: Willis Jepson Middle School opens new mental health center | abc10.com
Palo Alto Unified School District is not just the best district in the Bay Area but in the whole state, according to rankings in Niche’s 2024 Best Schools and Districts rankings, which was released this week.
Across California, 780 school districts are included in Niche’s ranking of 12,192 school districts nationwide. The list includes 364 newly ranked school districts.
Source: These Are The Best School Districts In The Bay Area, New Ranking Says | Fremont, CA Patch
By Nick McConnell
When your tire goes flat, quotations from Shakespeare or the quadratic formula are unlikely to help you solve the problem. But something Vacaville Unified School District high schoolers learn in their automotive classes just might.
Chip Reeves, Automotive Technology Instructor at Will C. Wood, has been teaching automotive classes at the school for nine years so far, after teaching similar classes for about four years in Southern California. He also teaches for Solano Community College as an automotive instructor, and students from VUSD high schools can participate in those classes as well after school.
This year, Reeves has about 125 students from across two levels of automotive classes. In Auto One, students spend three class periods a week in the classroom, studying automotive concepts, then work in the shop for two days a week, applying their knowledge in practical ways.
Source: Keeping things rolling – The Vacaville Reporter
The entire Rodriguez High School football team came out on Monday to help clean up the streets around Rodriguez High School.
This was the first year that they have done such a project.
“This helps the students with their community service hours for graduation,” said Coach Myles King. “Every single member of the team came out for the cleanup.”
Students need 10 hours of community service to graduate. The event Monday was two hours long so it gives them a good start on those hours.
Source: Rodriguez High School football team works to clean up streets around school | Education | dailyrepublic.com
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today celebrated the signing of Assembly Bill (AB) 1078 (Jackson), which bans “book bans” in schools, prohibits censorship of instructional materials, and strengthens California law requiring schools to provide all students access to textbooks that teach about California’s diverse communities. AB 1078, an urgency statute, took effect immediately when it was signed yesterday, and California is only one of two states enacting a law to halt book bans. AB1078 was one of several bills Superintendent Thurmond sponsored to strengthen supports for more inclusive education that were recently signed by the Governor.
“AB 1078 sends a strong signal to the people of California—but also to every American—that in the Golden State, we don’t ban books, we cherish them,” said Superintendent Thurmond. “This law will serve as a model for the nation that California recognizes and understands the moment we are in—and while some want to roll back the clock on progress, we are doubling down on forward motion. Rather than limiting access to education and flat-out banning books like other states, we are embracing and expanding opportunities for knowledge and education, because that’s the California way.”
Source: SPI-Sponsored Bill to Halt Book Bans Signed – Year 2023 (CA Dept of Education)
Amid reports of a spike in crime, including crimes committed by juveniles, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond is developing a new program to help youth prepare for bright futures and to help prevent youth from engaging in crime.
Thurmond announced today that he will be working with partners to develop a paid internship program to help teens and young adults earn while they learn about career pathways. Youth will also be connected with career advisors who will help them learn about career and employment opportunities to ensure they have a secure role in the global economy in the years ahead, which will benefit not only themselves and their families but their respective surrounding communities.
Source: SPI’s Summit to Support Youth and Reduce Crime – Year 2023 (CA Dept of Education)
By Susan Hiland
Amanda Rish, director of Fiscal Services, gave a report to the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District governing board on the financial status of all funds of the district as of June 30.
This will be the basis for the 2022-2023 audit report which will be coming in a few months.
The unrestricted funds revenues and expenditures were $236.6 million, according to Rish’s report. The expenses totaled $186.1 million. For the category of other sources/uses there was $50.5 million and an increase in funds of $127,515.
Source: Fairfield governing school board approves unaudited financial report | Education | dailyrepublic.com
By Nick McConnell
The Vacaville Unified School District Board of Trustees received updates to plans for a new library during its Thursday meeting.
Library officials told the board about planned additions, including an adult reading room, space for outdoor programming, and other updated furnishing. A temporary library space will be made available until the project is fully completed.
Superintendent Ed Santopadre announced former principal Adam Rich as Senior Director of Facilities Maintenance.
Source: VUSD Trustees hear library updates, public commenters – The Vacaville Reporter
By Nick McConnell
Dixon Unified School District Superintendent Brian Dolan submitted his request to retire at the end of the 2023-24 school year, which the board accepted unanimously at its regular meeting on Thursday.
Dolan has been superintendent for 13 years and has served in the district for 26.
“I just want to say how grateful I am having had the opportunity to work in this school district for these 26 years.”
Dolan said he submitted his letter in accordance with board policy, which asks superintendents to make this request.
Source: Dixon Unified superintendent announces retirement to school board – The Vacaville Reporter
By Susan Hiland
The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District governing school board voted to approve changes to the allocation of ESSER III funds at its Thursday night meeting.
The supplemental Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief III funds, which were received in 2021 to the tune of $25.8 million, increased over the past year by $46,352, and the district has found they need to reallocate some of the money.
The state had several requirements for the ESSER III funds. The allocation needed to address three areas which included Strategies for Continuous and Safe In-Person Learning, including a description of how the district planned to use funds to continuously and safely operate schools for in-person learning in a way that reduces or prevents the spread of the Covid-19 virus; the impact of lost instructional time, including a description of how the district planned to use a minimum of 20% of the funds to address the academic impact of learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions such as summer learning, summer enrichment, extended day learning opportunities, comprehensive after school programs or extended school year programs and how to use whatever funds remained, according to the staff report.
Source: Fairfield school board votes for updates for ESSER III funds | Education | dailyrepublic.com
The deadline for filing candidate papers is 5 p.m. today (Sept. 22) for the Dec. 19 special election for Trustee Area 6 on the Vacaville Unified School District board.
The only candidate to complete the filing requirements as of Thursday, Amy Tran Russell, is also the candidate the school board had appointed to fill the vacancy prior to a protest petition being filed with the Solano County Office of Education, which forced the special election.
Tracee Stacy has taken out nomination papers, but has yet to file them, the Solano County Registrar of Voters Office reported.
Source: Nomination deadline for Vaca school district special election is today | News | dailyrepublic.com
The last of the late-arriving mail-in ballots have been tallied in the special election for the Trustee Area 4 seat on the Vacaville Unified School District board.
The 59 ballots that were postmarked by the Sept. 12 election day, but arrived at the county Election’s Office through Tuesday, did not change the outcome. In fact, the winner, Lindsay Kelly, padded her advantage.
Kelly had 454 votes after election day, and finished with 487 or 46.47% of the vote. Dave McCallum added 20 votes to his election day total, finishing with 436 votes (41/6%) and Michael Martin totaled 125 votes (11.93%), six more than election day. The turnout was 12.28% of the 8,570 registered voters in the trustee area, the county reported.
Source: Last of ballots tallied on Vaca Unified special election | News | dailyrepublic.com
Solano Community College Superintendent-President Celia Esposito-Noy has announced she will retire at the end of the 2023-24 school year.
“It has been an incredible honor to serve as the superintendent-president of SCC,” Esposito-Noy wrote in an email to college staff. “This college will always hold a special place in my heart because of your dedication, support, and friendship.”
Esposito-Noy began her tenure in January 2016, and has seen enrollment climb by more than 9,000 students, “including growth in first-time student enrollment; the establishment of two medical school pathways; a (bachelor’s) degree in Biomanufacturing; and the institution’s sound fiscal practices,” a statement released by the college states.
Source: Solano College superintendent president announces retirement | News | dailyrepublic.com
Eleven bills sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and seven bills Thurmond supports have achieved a significant milestone: They were successfully passed by both the State Senate and the State Assembly. The bills, which largely address inclusive education, the teacher pipeline, and student well-being and success, are now on the desk of Governor Gavin Newsom, who has until October 14, 2023, to sign the bills into law.
“I’m pleased that these key pieces of legislation, which protect inclusive education, help open the teacher pipeline, and support the mental health and well-being of students, have passed the Legislature and are now being considered by the Governor,” Thurmond said. “This is an important step in building a brighter future for all of California’s students. I applaud the efforts of our legislators and everyone involved who worked on these important pieces of legislation.”
One of the key pieces of legislation to protect inclusive education is Assembly Bill (AB) 1078. Authored by Assemblymember Corey Jackson (D-Perris) and sponsored by Thurmond, AB 1078 will allow a fine to be assessed on any district that has insufficient instructional materials, especially in an attempt to discriminate against students of color or LGBTQ+ students. If signed into law by the Governor, an urgency clause would allow AB 1078 to take effect immediately.
Source: SPI Bills Now on Governor’s Desk for Signature – Year 2023 (CA Dept of Education)
The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) unveiled a new library building at Cleo Gordon Elementary on September 12.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was a well-attended event, with many dignitaries present. Among the distinguished guests were members of the FSUSD Governing Board, representatives from the City of Fairfield, FSUSD administrators, Cleo Gordon Elementary School staff members, and, most notably, Cleo Gordon Elementary School students.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony symbolized the beginning of a new chapter for the school. The library building, equipped with modern facilities and resources, will provide an upgraded learning environment for generations to come. Following the ribbon cutting, guests had the opportunity to participate in a student-led tour of the new and improved building according to a press release.
Source: Good News: FSUSD opens new library building at Cleo Gordon | News | dailyrepublic.com
Lindsay Kelly appears to have won the Trustee Area 4 seat on the Vacaville Unified School District board, narrowly defeating Dave McCallum by 38 votes in a special election that drew an 11.58% turnout.
The unofficial tally as of Wednesday had Kelly with 454 votes, or 45.9% of the 993 ballots cast. McCallum finished with 416 votes (42.06%) and Michael Martin was third with 119 votes (12.03%).
There are 8,570 registered voters in the trustee area, the county reported.
Source: Kelly wins seat on Vacaville Unified school board | News | dailyrepublic.com
The Solano County supervisors agreed to have the county run a special election to decide who will represent Trustee Area 6 on the Vacaville Unified School District board.
The consent agenda action came Tuesday, the same day a special election was being held to decide who will represent Trustee Area 4 on that same school board.
Both are the result of protest petitions being filed with the Solano County Office of Education after the school board had appointed individuals to the posts, and are led by a group that does not think their voices – marked as parents – are being heard by the district on critical issues.
Source: County to run second Vacaville Unified special election | News | dailyrepublic.com
The first vote-count Tuesday night in the Vacaville Unified School District Trustee Area 4 special election put Dave McCallum out in front, with Lindsay Kelly close behind.
The 8:24 p.m. results, inclusive to early mail-in ballots received, had McCallum with 192 votes, representing 44.34% of the 433 ballots counted at the time, the Solano County Registrar of Voters reported.
Kelly was second with 182 votes (42.03%) and Michael Martin was third with 59 votes (13.63%), the county reported.
Source: Early returns favor McCallum, Kelly in Vacaville special school election | News | dailyrepublic.com