Candidate’s forum attracts council, mayoral, school board hopefuls – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

More than a dozen candidates for local city councils, mayor duties and school board gathered Monday night for a candidates forum hosted by St. Stephen Christian-Methodist-Episcopal Church.

Each was allotted three minutes to introduce themselves, talk about their platform and answer a dedicated question.

City council

Candidates were asked how they would encourage economic development within their own cities.

Source: Candidate’s forum attracts council, mayoral, school board hopefuls

Vacaville, Travis school board races set – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Five people are running to fill three seats on the Vacaville School District governing board this fall.

Two incumbents, Michele Dally and John Jansen, will campaign along with Khala Hastings, Michael Silva and Kristina Bell.

Bell was the last candidate to file Wednesday before the filing period closed. Thomas Kutz had pulled papers, but chose not to run.

Travis School District’s Trustee Area 1 got a single candidate for an open seat when Adrian Saiz filed for office Wednesday. Four candidates seek two Area 2 seats. They are incumbent Riita DeAnda, Janet Forbes, Russ Barrington and Vinh “Devin” Ma.

Source: Vacaville, Travis school board races set

School board races coalesce as filing deadline nears – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

School board races in Fairfield, Vacaville and Suisun City are taking form as the candidate filing period for some of the seats is set to close Friday.

The races now range from the Vacaville School District, where five people are looking to run for three available seats, to one of Travis School District’s trustee areas where no one is yet running.

Mayrene Bates and Dana Dean are expected to run unopposed to keep their Solano County Board of Education trustee area seats since they are the only ones who have filed for their respective seats.

Source: School board races coalesce as filing deadline nears

Former Suisun police chief pulls papers for council race – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Former Suisun City police chief Tom Alder entered the race for Suisun City council this week, pulling candidate papers on Wednesday.

Alder had last considered running for the City Council in 2010, saying he has long been a resident of the town and government experience.

He joins a field of candidates who have pulled papers to run for council that includes Thomas Kamin, Wanda Williams and incumbents Jane Day and Mike Hudson.

It’s still a two-way race between Suisun City Councilwoman Lori Wilson and incumbent Mayor Pete Sanchez for Sanchez’s seat.

Source: Former Suisun police chief pulls papers for council race

I’m Running for School Board – What Should I Know? – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

On November 6, 2018, many school districts across California will have Board trustee vacancies on local election ballots. The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) will have positions open for election in the following Trustee Areas: Area 4, Area 5, and Area 7.

This election of ordinary citizens to a board that oversees the public education of our community’s youth is an important example of a democratic approach to local control. After all, it is the Governing Board, elected by the people, who are entrusted with the lives of our children and their future in our society. Serving as a trustee is no small task, yet it promises big contributions.

Source: Press Release: I’m Running for School Board – What Should I Know?

Fairfield-Suisun superintendent’s contract up for school board vote – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Trustees in the Fairfield-Suisun School District will consider a contract Thursday for the district’s top administrator that if approved will likely push her total compensation past the $300,000 mark.

Kris Corey became superintendent July 1, 2013, upon the retirement of Jacki Cottingim-Dias.

Corey had served as the assistant superintendent of educational services since July 2010. Her tenure with the district began in 1987 as a teacher. She served for seven years as principal of Foxboro Elementary in the neighboring Travis School District before returning to Fairfield-Suisun.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun superintendent’s contract up for school board vote

New superintendent contract goes before FSUSD board Thursday – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A four-year contract with Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Superintendent Kris Corey goes before the district’s governing board Thursday.

The initial base pay of $270,000 annually will increase 2 percent per year, with a satisfactory evaluation.

She will also earn 25 days of vacation annually, with pay, and receive 15 days of sick leave each year.

The district will also provide her with a $200,000 life insurance policy and contribute $14,500 annually to a tax-sheltered instrument she chooses.

Source: New superintendent contract goes before FSUSD board Thursday

Employee contract proposal on Fairfield-Suisun school agenda tonight – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A public hearing about a school-support employee union’s initial contract proposal for 2018-19, a review of an agreement with the state Migrant Education program, and an update to the working draft of the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan for the current year and through 2020 are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Chapter 302 of the California School Employees Association, which represents the district’s classified employees, submitted an initial proposal as part of the “sunshining” process related to the current contracts for the 2018-19 year. (Classified employees include bus drivers, food-service workers, maintenance crews, custodians, and the like.)

Under state law, to sunshine a contract proposal is a way to let the public know what the bargaining units will discuss during contract negotiations.

Source: Employee contract proposal on Fairfield-Suisun school agenda tonight

Fairfield-Suisun school board to review new books – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Community members are invited to sound off at the Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board meeting Thursday when trustees review proposed instructional materials.

The estimated cost for the new materials is estimated at $821,000. Lottery and Local Educational Agency Grants will be used. The new books’ topics include Photoshop, auto repair, mathematics and athletic training. The proposed materials have been on view at the Suisun City Library. The list was publicized through social media and the district website.

Board members will open the meeting at 5 p.m. followed by closed session. The meeting is at 2490 Hilborn Road.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school board to review new books

District board to consider $7.8M work at Dan O. Root campus – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Members of the Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board will consider a raft of projects Thursday to update one of the district’s campuses.

Board members will be asked to approve a lease-leaseback agreement between the district and Landmark Constructions for $7.8 million to expand food prep facilities, administration renovations and campus-wide HVAC and fire alarm upgrades at the Dan O. Root Health & Wellness Academy.

New play areas and a shade structure will also be constructed as a part of this project.

Source: District board to consider $7.8M work at Dan O. Root campus

FSUSD agenda: Low-bid roofing contract and reductions – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A roofing bid and the reduction of certain classified, or school-support, jobs are on the agenda when the Fairfield-Suisun Unified governing board meets Thursday in Fairfield.

The seven-member governing board likely will approve Alcal Specialty Contracting, a roofing firm with main offices in Sacramento, as the low bidder for roofing projects set for Cleo Gordon Elementary, the Public Safety Academy, Sullivan Interagency and Armijo High’s welding shop, for a total of about $1.8 million.

Robert Martinez, assistant superintendent of human resources, will make the presentation about reducing certain classified, or school-support, jobs.

Source: FSUSD agenda: Low-bid roofing contract and reduction in school-support jobs

Fairfield-Suisun school board set to consider cuts – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Trustees of the Fairfield-Suisun School District will be asked Thursday to give the green light to eliminate more than a dozen positions in response to the governor’s budget for the coming school year, with bus drivers bearing the brunt of the proposed cuts.

Robert A. Martinez, the district’s assistant superintendent of human resources, provides details about the planned layoffs in a staff report and accompanying resolution that the board is scheduled to consider.

The proposed cuts include 16.682 full-time equivalent positions: 10 from among the district’s bus drivers, 2.781 from the district’s roster of child nutrition assistants and the equivalent 1.288 positions in the corps of bilingual para-educators. Roughly half a position each would be cut from among the district’s mental health clinicians, associate mental health clinicians, behavior analysts, para-educators and campus monitors.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school board set to consider cuts to ranks of bus drivers, other staff

Fairfield-Suisun school board to hear student voices – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A 55-minute presentation is scheduled on what’s described as “issues of importance” to the students of the Fairfield-Suisun School District when the Board of Trustees meet Thursday.

Israel Cudmore, student board member, will lead the discussion.

Trustees meet at 5 p.m. in the board room of the Central Office, 2490 Hilborn Road, in Fairfield. The board adjourns into closed session on a personnel matter and will return to open session at 5:05 p.m. The student presentation is the first item once the trustees reconvene.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school board to hear student voices

Trustees to review policy change to promote parent involvement in Fairfield-Suisun schools – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A policy proposal set for consideration Thursday aims to boost parental involvement in the education of children who attend school in the Fairfield-Suisun School District.

The policy under review states, “the governing board recognizes that parents/guardians are their children’s first and most influential teachers and that sustained parent/guardian involvement in the education of their children contributes greatly to student achievement and a positive school environment.

“The superintendent or designee shall consult with staff and parents/guardians and family members in the development of meaningful opportunities at all grade levels for them to be involved in district and school activities at all grade levels; advisory, decision-making, and advocacy roles; and activities to support learning at home.”

Source: Trustees to review policy change to promote parent involvement in Fairfield-Suisun schools

Fairfield-Suisun board set to consider safety policy for schools – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Members of the Board of Trustees for the Fairfield-Suisun School District will review campus safety recommendations as part of a series of policy updates when they meet Thursday.

“Campus security procedures shall include a directive for staff to keep classroom doors locked at all times. Such procedures shall be regularly reviewed to reflect changed circumstances and to assess their effectiveness in achieving safe school objectives,” the policy update states.

“The board believes that reasonable use of surveillance cameras will help the district achieve its goals for campus security.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun board set to consider safety policy for schools

Fairfield-Suisun school board to hear request for $500,000 in security upgrade funds – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Fairfield-Suisun School District facilities subcommittee is asking for a one-time augmentation of $500,000 for safety and security upgrades to the district’s campuses.

The request will be made at 6 p.m. Thursday during the Fairfield-Suisun School District’s governing board meeting at 2490 Hilborn Road.

The subcommittee also recommends adjustments to board policy that all classrooms are to remain locked at all times.

Board members will hear about increasing campus security through security cameras and evaluating and upgrading main campus entrances, fencing and gates; and upgrading door locks and revising district standards for types of locks in classrooms, offices, libraries, multipurpose rooms, gyms and other areas.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school board to hear request for $500,000 in security upgrade funds

Fairfield-Suisun USD leaders review budget, bargaining agreements – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The second interim 2017-18 budget report, and two public hearings about collective bargaining agreements with two employee unions for the 2018-19 academic year are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

California school districts twice yearly are required to certify their ability to pay their bills for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends June 30. Interim budget reports are the way they do it, official documents due by mid-December and mid-March at the latest.

Michelle Henson, assistant superintendent of business services, will tell the seven-member governing board that the district, the county’s largest with some 21,500 students across some 30 campuses, can meet its financial obligations this year.

She will note cost-of-living adjustments of 1.56 percent for the current year, 2.51 percent in 2018-19, and 2.41 percent in 2019-20.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District leaders review budget, bargaining agreements

Fairfield-Suisun USD leaders discuss safe school plans – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A public hearing about the district’s comprehensive safe school plans and its likely approval, a resolution to support a $3 billion disbursement from state school bond funds, and an update about Early College High School are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Sheila McCabe, assistant superintendent of educational services, will lead the public hearing about the safe school plans for the district, Solano County’s largest with more than 21,500 students.

Afterward, the seven-member governing board will vote to approve or disapprove the plans for the district’s 30 campuses.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District leaders discuss safe school plans

Fairfield-Suisun USD to discuss 2018-19 budget priorities – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A discussion of 2018-19 budget priorities will be among the more significant items of an otherwise relatively light agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Michelle Henson, assistant superintendent of business services, will lead the discussion, which will be based on Gov. Jerry Brown’s $190 billion 2018-19 state budget proposal, released in January and due for revision in May.

Her presentation, casting an eye on the impact of the state’s numbers on the district’s, will come two weeks after she led a budget presentation at the trustees’ Jan. 25 meeting.

Specifically, Henson will note that projected average daily attendance (ADA) funding for the coming year will be about $9,450 for each of the district’s estimated 20,550 students, yielding some $194 million in state funding under Brown’s landmark Local Control Funding Formula. Additionally, she will tell the seven-member governing board, one-time discretionary funds from the current year will account for some $6 million in additional funds spent on students.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District to discuss 2018-19 budget priorities

Fairview Elementary project requires end to century-old Suisun City right of way – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Title from Suisun City to an abandoned right of way needed for a new building at Fairview Elementary School goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Thursday.

A survey during design and development for a new administration and kindergarten building at the school on First Street in Fairfield identified the waterline right of way in the area best suited for the new building, a school district staff report said.

Because the waterline associated with the right of way was believed to be abandoned, the district asked the Suisun-Solano Water Authority to investigate, the report said.

Source: Fairview Elementary project requires end to century-old Suisun City right of way