The school district budget has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for the past year, Laneia Grindle, assistant superintendent of Business Services, said Thursday during a meeting with the Fairfield- Suisun School District governing board.
Her comment came as she presented an updated budget report to the board.
The estimates are more favorable now than earlier projections, she said.
The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board voted Thursday to adopt updated employee agreements for several employee groups.
Assistant Superintendent Sheila McCabe’s contract agreement will be extended through June 30, 2023. It was done with much praise from the board for all of her contributions to the district.
“She has been professional in her role (all of them), she represents us well,” said board President Jonathan Richardson. “She pushes back at times but eventually people come around because they know what she is doing.”
Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees honored several students, staff and community members Thursday.
The Community Advisory Committee awarded Special Education Local Plan Area awards to several educators, youth and members of the community for outstanding service and for going above and beyond in service of students with disabilities.
Those recognized include student Deena Sharqawi along with community member Sonia Vera and educators Christina Miller, Christine Hunt, Don Mosley, Fern Decena, Samantha Hyles and Travis Nelson. They were honored during a short video presentation.
Members of the Fairfield-Suisun School Board got off to an energetic start Thursday with a proposal from Trustee Craig Wilson to follow strict rules of order for the session.
Before the approval of the agenda was considered, he proposed to the board a motion to remove all opportunity for board members to ask questions or make commits except to speak in favor or against the motion. It carried on a 6-0 vote with Trustee Ana Petero dissenting.
Wilson said he was unhappy with the past few meetings because of what he perceived as intentional disruptions or at least grandstanding, which he defined as gratuitously speaking to the public but not to the board.
Trustees of Fairfield and Suisun City schools gave the go-ahead last week for a 2021-2022 budget priorities plan that was put on hold earlier this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The projected budget for 2021-2022 includes nearly $203.183 million in attendance-based state revenue. That’s compared to just more than $195.561 million for the current academic year that ends June 30.
The district has identified $4.355 million in cuts that can be quickly implemented if needed at the start of the coming school year July 1. About $500,000 would come from what’s paid in retiree benefits. The district also reported some costs that were greater than anticipated and student-based funding that will fall short of projections.
Children and teens who attend school in Fairfield and Suisun City will have an opportunity to catch up this summer – at least somewhat – if they have fallen behind this year due to distance-learning strategies that have kept schools closed throughout the Covid-19 pandemic – or for any other reason.
Trustees with the Fairfield-Suisun School district gave the green light Thursday to plans for a number of summer school opportunities that begin in June and end in July.
Sheila McCabe, assistant superintendent of Educational Services, presented an overview of the plans for summer learning.
A review last week of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget by the Fairfield-School School District shows both cause for optimism and concern.
Staff shared highlights of the governor’s 2020-21 budget plan for the coming year at the school board meeting Thursday. The discussion was cut short due to time limits for virtual meetings.
Michelle Henson, assistant superintendent of Business Services, gave the presentation, which showed that the past year’s $5.6 billion state surplus is gone and the budget reflects a $54.4 billion deficit.
Fairfield-Suisun Unified installed four members to its governing board earlier this month, including two newcomers, one a community college instructor, the other a private attorney and former trustee, it has been announced.
During a board meeting on Thursday, Superintendent Kris Corey administered the oath of office to veteran members Judi Honeychurch, who represents Area 3, and Bethany Smith, who represents Area 1, and to newcomer Helen Tilley, who represents Area 2. Solano County Supervisor Monica Brown swore-in Ana Petero, who represents Area 6, before a governing board meeting began. Each will serve a four-year term that ends in 2024.
A former governing board member, Tilley is a private attorney-mediator providing alternative dispute resolution services by appointment through her Benicia and San Ramon offices. Additionally, she is an adjunct law professor and subject matter expert with National University in Pleasant Hill.
School and college boards governed over the end of one school year and the beginning of another in a very, very different world.
The Covid-19 pandemic added the term distance learning to the common educational lexicon.
And some of those boards got a new makeup of members in November.
Judi Honeychurch, for the second election cycle, faced no opposition and therefore did not appear on the ballot for her Trustee Area 3 seat on the Fairfield-Suisun School District. Bethany Smith similarly returns as the Trustee Area 1 representative.
Two trustees who lost bids for re-election will be honored Thursday for their service to Fairfield-Suisun School District students and staff.
The recognition of Trustees Joan K. Gaut and John P. Silva comes during a special meeting of the school board that starts at 5 p.m.Helen Tilley defeated Gaut and one other challenger for the Area 2 seat in the Nov. 3 election. Gaut finished second. Ana Petero defeated Silva in a head-to-head contest for the Area 6 seat.
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.