The Fairfield-Suisun School District visited the topic of returning to school in person at the Thursday board meeting – but no decisions were made.
A recap of the past few months noted that Gov. Gavin Newsom implemented a warning/monitoring system July 17 that resulted in all schools being placed in distance learning as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The next week, July 20, the board took action to approve its 5-Phase Continuum Plan, affirm that the district would open in distance learning per the governor’s orders and set Oct. 8 as the board meeting date to re-evaluate the re-opening of school facilities for in-person instruction.
Judi Honeychurch did not face a challenger in her last election and will have no need to campaign this fall, either.
Judi Honeychurch“I look forward to the challenges of the future and working with the superintendent and the teachers and staff,” said Honeychurch, who will enter her third term on the Fairfield-Suisun School District board of trustees.
She is the only incumbent who does not have a challenger.
Clifford Gordon, owner of Gordon’s Music & Sound in downtown Fairfield, pulled and filed candidacy papers Thursday for the Trustee Area 1 seat held by Bethany Smith. Trustee Area 2 incumbent Joan Gaut will run against Leslie Unverferth, and Area 6 incumbent John Silva faces Ana Petero.
The four incumbents and two challengers for seats on the Fairfield-Suisun School District board of trustees have filed candidacy papers, the county Elections Office reported Monday evening.
This is the last week to file for anyone interested in running for a position on 10 school or two college district boards.
Fairfield-Suisun school incumbents Joan Gaut, in Trustee Area 2, and John Silva, in Trustee Area 6, each faces a challenger. Leslie Unverferth, a real estate agent, looks to unseat Gaut, while Ana Petero, a teacher, wants to replace Silva.
Incumbents Bethany Smith, in Trustee Area 1, and Judi Honeychurch, in Trustee Area 3, are thus far unchallenged.
The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District has four by-area governing board seats up for grabs on Election Day, Nov. 3.
A few requirements must be met to qualify as a candidate. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, a resident of the trustee area, a registered voter and not employed by the school district, the county’s largest.
The open trustee areas are 1, 2, 3 and 6. For details about their boundaries, if interested in seeking election, visit www.fsusd.org. Also, Fairfield residents can go to www.solanocounty.com/depts/rov/ and input their address to determine their trustee area or call the county Registrar of Voters office at 784-6675.
Many school districts across California will have school board trustee elections on local ballots Nov. 3.
The Fairfield-Suisun School District will have four positions open for election in Trustee Areas 1, 2, 3 and 6.
A few mandated requirements must be met to qualify as a candidate.
Candidates must be at least 18 years old, a resident of the trustee area, a registered voter and not employed by the Fairfield-Suisun School District. Although trustees will be elected by their individual areas, their responsibility will require them to work and act as one collective body of seven in the interest of students from the entire school district, the school district reports in a press release.
The upcoming school year for children in Fairfield and Suisun City is going to look and feel very different from past years.
The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board voted unanimously during a special meeting Monday via teleconference on a long-term plan for students returning to school for the upcoming academic year.
All classes at the start of the school year will be done 100% by virtual distance learning per the Gov. Gavin Newsom guidelines which came out Friday.
All five incumbents up for re-election on the Solano County Board of Education have taken out their declaration of candidacy papers, while 12 incumbents on school district boards and three incumbents on the Solano Community College District board have, at the very least, taken out papers as well.
However, there are also 11 school board vacancies in five districts, including all four seats up for election with the Vacaville School District, as well as the lone Solano County seat up for election on the Los Rios Community College District board.
“Out of crisis always comes opportunity,” Fairfield-Suisun School District Superintendent Kris Corey said Thursday during the scheduled meeting of district’s Board of Trustees, which included Trustees John Silva and Joan Gaut, as well as board president Judi Honeychurch checking in via phone to aid in the practice of social distancing.
Corey’s comments came in an effort to find as many silver linings as possible during a school closure period where district schools will remain closed during the Covid-19 outbreak through April 17, with students slated to return to campuses April 20.
The Fairfield Suisun School District Board of Trustees recognized the district’s Teacher of the Year for the 2019-20 school year Thursday as part of the board’s meeting.
Crescent Elementary second-grade teacher Louise Craig was honored as the district’s top teacher, having been honored along with more than a dozen other school site teachers of the year throughout the district just prior to revealing the districtwide choice.
Not only inspirational to her students, Craig serves as an inspiration for people looking to make a change in life. She had not planned on becoming a teacher but got into the profession at the age of 40, working 17 years as a teacher – many of those coming at Suisun Elementary School.
After 13 years as senior pastor at St. Stephen CME Church in Fairfield and nearly 10 years as a trustee on Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s Governing Board, Rev. David Isom is seeking to continue his community service on a bigger level. He is running for a seat in the 5th District of the Solano County Board of Supervisors.
“I believe that Solano County needs a supervisor who really is concerned about the people,” he said. “I believe that this is an extension of the services that I’ve been providing to my county, specifically the kids of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District.”
With incumbent Supervisor Skip Thomson announcing that he would not seek another term this past summer, Isom saw a chance to bring his service to the board.
The Rev. David Isom, an elected trustee with the Fairfield-Suisun School District and senior pastor at St. Stephen Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, on Tuesday said he will seek the 5th District 5 seat on the Solano County Board of Supervisors.
Isom said he will make his formal announcement at an event that’s scheduled Aug. 4.
The pastor noted mental illness and its ties to homelessness as a key issue for why he is running. He said he also wants to better connect the “silos” of nonprofits and other groups that are working independently on the same issues.
The days of students at Armijo High School rooting for an Indian as their mascot are coming to an end following a unanimous vote Thursday by the Fairfield-Suisun School District board to accept a mascot committee’s recommendation that the Indian name be replaced.
The board voted after a longer-than-usual public comment period, which the board granted after 18 different speakers had petitioned to speak. Normally, speakers are limited to three minutes and the public commentary period capped at 20 minutes, but the board voted to allow all speakers a chance to talk, but cut the speaking time from three minutes per person to two.
The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday night to approve potential budget augmentations to the district’s 2019-20 budget, which are based on the projections within Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget.
The projected augmentations would result in as much as $2.8 million in cuts, which were chosen as to have the most minimal affect on the classroom learning experience, according to Assistant Superintendent with Business Services Michelle Henson.
Four members of the Solano Community College board of trustees were sworn in for new four-year terms late last year, it has been announced.
Returning to the board are Area 2 trustee A. Marie Young, representing a sector of Vallejo; Area 4 trustee Denis Honeychurch, representing Fairfield, parts of Vacaville, and Travis Air Force Base; and Area 6 trustee Dr. Sarah Chapman, also representing parts of Vacaville.
Newly elected Area 1 trustee Karimah Karah also took her oath of office at the Dec.19 meeting. Karah, representing Vallejo west of Interstate 80 and Mare Island, won her race to earn a board seat. She replaces Pam Keith, who had served since 1994 and declined to run for re-election.
The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board got a first look Thursday at the process to review whether or not the Armijo High School mascot – the Indian – is an appropriate mascot in the 21st century or if it should be changed.
They also heard from people who consider themselves stakeholders in the outcome – both for and against continued use of the mascot.
Speakers who support keeping the current mascot spoke of the history of the school that was founded in 1891 and its legacy among its graduates, and the costs associated with essentially rebranding the school. One described the depiction of the Indian mascot as “beautiful and respectful.”
The one certainty in Tuesday’s Fairfield-Suisun School District Board of Trustees race was that a candidate named Wilson would emerge victorious.
As it turned out, the victorious candidate appears to be Craig Wilson, who was on his way to defeating incumbent Chris L. Wilson and will take over as the Area 4 trustee once the vote count is completed and the results certified.
The incumbent Wilson had served on the board for four years and was a trustee as the district had to navigate through some rocky financial waters, which it has since emerged from.
Few candidates in any of the local elections throughout Solano County can claim to know their respective area of service quite like Chris Wilson, the incumbent trustee for Fairfield-Suisun School District’s Area 4.
Not only has Wilson served on the board for the past four years, he is himself a product of the school district, having gone to district schools when he was a student.
The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board voted unanimously Thursday to move forward with an application for grant funding via Proposition 51 that would allow for the improvement and upgrade of Career Technical Education facilities at Armijo High School, as well as the establishment of a welding vocational program.
If approved, the grants would provide the district with as much as $2.7 million for the CTE upgrades at Armijo.
School districts throughout the country turned their focus at some point in the past away from traditional vocational programs in favor of programs oriented on getting students prepared for college.