SCOE Board gets OK on recent audit, starts preparing for new budget – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

The Solano County Board of Education met virtually Wednesday for the first time in 2022 and among its items was the release of its recent 2020-21 audit and the announcement that work on the new school budget will begin soon.

The 2020-21 audit report was prepared by Eide Bailly, the accounting and consulting firm contracted by the Solano County Office of Education to audit the end-of-year financial statements.

The report showed that no mistakes had been made and no adjustments were necessary in meeting state and local requirements. The audit is available for public view in the agenda packet from the Jan. 12 meeting on the Solano County Board of Education website, solanocoe.net.

Source: Board of Education gets OK on recent audit, starts preparing for new budget

Lavell new president of Solano Board of Education – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

The Solano County Board of Education needed only 16 minutes for its full meeting Wednesday and elected its new president and vice president for 2022.

Trustee Teresa Lavell was selected as the new board president. Trustee Amy Sharp voted no and Elease Cheek was absent from the meeting.

“I’m honored to be nominated by my colleagues and to continue the good work we do for our community,” Lavell said.

Source: Lavell new president of Solano Board of Education

Solano Board of Education to select officers for 2022 – Daily Republic

The selection of officers will be the top order of business for the Solano County Board of Education during its regular organizational meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The board will meet in person in the second floor boardroom at the Solano County Office of Education, 5100 Business Center Drive. The meeting can also be followed online through solanocoe.net, with Zoom instructions available to those who want to make a public comment.

A board president, vice president and a representative to the Solano County Schools Board Association Executive Board for 2022 will be decided.

Source: Solano Board of Education to select officers for 2022

Public hearing set for Solano County Board of Education trustee area boundaries review – The Vacaville Reporter

The Solano County Committee on School District Organization (County Committee) will hold a public hearing at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE), located at 5100 Business Center Drive in Fairfield, to hear public input on the trustee area boundaries of the Solano County Board of Education.

The boundary review considers which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a trustee area for purposes of electing a trustee representative.

Members of the public are invited to attend and address the County Committee in person. Public comments on the topic may also be made online prior to or during the meeting using the Public Comment form. For more information visit https://www.solanocoe.net/trusteedistricts.

Source: Public hearing set for Solano County Board of Education trustee area boundaries review – The Vacaville Reporter

Solano Board of Education sets hearing for redistricting – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

The Solano County Board of Education will continue its decennial redistricting process with a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday during the board’s regular meeting.

The Board of Education will meet live at the Solano County Office of Education, 5100 Business Center Drive in Fairfield. Visit the county schools website at solanocoe.net to view the meeting agenda with instructions for submitting comments.

The state Education Code requires that county board trustee areas be analyzed after each 10-year census and realigned, if necessary, to account for population shifts. Michael Wagaman of Wagaman Strategies will report on Census 2020 data analysis pertaining to the county board’s trustee area boundaries.

Source: Solano Board of Education sets hearing for redistricting

Solano Board of Education approves $1.07M in pandemic relief spending – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

The Solano County Office of Education’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Plan.

The nearly $1.07 million in pandemic relief comes from funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. The funds address students’ academic, social, emotional and mental health needs as well as alleviating gaps that existed before and may be worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: Solano Board of Education approves $1.07M in pandemic relief spending

Solano Board of Education to consider plan to spend $1.07M in pandemic relief – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education will conduct its regular meeting of the Board of Education at 6 p.m. Wednesday to consider how best to spend nearly $1.07 million in pandemic relief funds.

The meeting will be take place virtually.

Members of the public may attend via the Zoom webinar format, or by telephone. The links are available on the Solano County Office of Education website, www.solanocoe.net/agendasminutes.

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Plan for pandemic funds from the American Rescue Plan Act is among the unfinished business to be discussed, and how the money will be utilized.

Source: Solano Board of Education to consider plan to spend $1.07M in pandemic relief

Solano Office of Education hosts job fair Friday – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Irene Larsen Center, 1707 California Drive.The schools office is looking for qualified para-educators, teachers, custodians, student wellness specialists, bus drivers, clerical administrators, accounting analysts, substitutes and others.For more information, send an email to humanresources@solanocoe.net or call 399-4440.

Source: The Week Ahead: Solano Office of Education hosts job fair Friday

Dodd introduces broadband upgrade bill – Davis Enterprise

With more Californians relying on the internet during the coronavirus pandemic for distance learning and remote work, state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, today announced the introduction of his new legislation to streamline the installation of high-speed broadband service, ensuring better access, especially for low-income people.

“California can take immediate steps to close the digital divide by passing this proposal,” Sen. Dodd said. “For too long, telecommunication projects have been delayed by confusing regulations, entrenched in excessive bureaucracy. These processes have had a severe impact on bringing high-speed internet to many communities across California.”

Dodd’s legislation comes as employers and schools across our state have shifted to virtual participation, highlighting disparities of access faced by low-income families and people of color. Nearly 42% of California families said unreliable internet access was a challenge for them during distance learning, according to a recent poll by EdSource and FM3 Research.

Source: Dodd introduces broadband upgrade bill – Davis Enterprise

Voters fill plethora of Solano school, college board seats – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

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.

Source: Voters fill plethora of Solano school, college board seats

Area school board races appear to be settled – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Based on the latest election results posted Wednesday by the Solano County Registrar of Voters, many area school boards will feature new trustees.

With all 15 precincts reporting in Travis, which oversees two elementary schools in Vacaville, Foxboro and Cambridge, the apparent winner of the trustee Area 1 is Meghan M. Thompson, a district parent, who received 6,059 votes, or 68 percent of 8,968 votes cast. Challenger Renell L. Travis, a U.S. airman stationed at Travis Air Force Base, received 2,909 votes, or 32 percent, of the total.

Source: Area school board races appear to be settled – The Reporter

Solano County Election Day Results – Daily Republic

By Glen Faison

Bonnie Hamilton and incumbent Amy Sharp were in a tight race for the Area 2 seat on the Solano County Board of Education, Hamilton with 49.86% of the vote to Sharp’s 49.75% with 28 votes separating the two candidates from the more than 25,000 ballots counted and all 94 precincts reporting.

Source: Solano County Election Day Results

Vacaville teachers endorse local, county education candidates – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The 800-member Vacaville Teachers Association on Thursday announced its endorsements for four seats on the Vacaville Unified governing board, two for the Solano County Office of Education board and a City Council candidate who currently serves as a district trustee.

By occupation, the seven candidates range from an incumbent and an administrator at Travis Federal Credit Union to an attorney and a physician, among others.

In a press release, union president Todd Blanset, an English teacher at Will C. Wood High, said the ratification vote was held Tuesday, with final selections coming after “a long and exhaustive process.”

Source: Vacaville teachers endorse local, county education candidates – The Reporter

Solano school, college district nomination period ends, mostly, for Nov. 3 election – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

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.

Source: Solano school, college district nomination period ends, mostly, for Nov. 3 election

Last week for candidates to join Solano school district trustee races – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

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.

Source: Last week for candidates to join Solano school district trustee races

Education incumbents across Solano quick to declare re-election bids – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

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.

Source: Education incumbents across Solano quick to declare re-election bids

County Office of Education Ready to Meet the Needs of Students with Received Funds from Travis Credit Union | East County Today

Recently, Travis Credit Union launched and implemented a $1 million philanthropic initiative, which will disbursed to local organizations working to provide COVID-19 related relief to non-profits primarily focused on services in the areas of education, youth/family, food banks, and small business support.

The Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) was named as a recipient of this initiative, along with nearly 100 other non-profits in the counties of Contra Costa, Napa, Solano, Merced, and Yolo.

In determining the donation amount allocated for each agency, Travis Credit Union considered the organization’s total size, scope of service, statement of immediate needs, as well as all facets of support being offered to local individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. Receiving $30,000 from the initiative, CCCOE has begun identifying how best to support their students and educators during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Source: County Office of Education Ready to Meet the Needs of Students with Received Funds from Travis Credit Union | East County Today

Senator taps Vallejo civic leader as Woman of the Year – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Vallejo resident Peggy Cohen-Thompson was chosen as the 2020 Woman of the Year by Solano County’s state senator.

Cohen-Thompson was recognized for her service as president of the Solano County Board of Education, as well as being a longtime advocate of African-American businesses and a civic leader in Vallejo, according to a press release from Sen. Bill Dodd’s office.

She has been a schools trustee since 2014.

Source: Senator taps Vallejo civic leader as Woman of the Year

‘Too early’ to decide if schools will open again or not, SCOE says – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education issued a statement Wednesday saying it is too early to determine when schools might reopen.

The statement was a response to an opinion suggested Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, positing that schools statewide might not reopen for the remainder of the school year.

Officials with the Solano County Office of Education acknowledged the rapidly changing and critical circumstances that prompted Newsom to make the suggestion, but affirmed the decision of opening and closing schools remains the responsibility of local districts and administrators.

Source: ‘Too early’ to decide if schools will open again or not, SCOE says

SCOE Mourns Longtime Trustee Douglas ‘Doug’ Ford | Dixon, CA Patch

By Maggie Avants

Solano County’s education community is mourning the loss of Dixon resident and longtime Solano County Board of Education Trustee Douglas “Doug” J. Ford, who died Thursday, Feb. 14 at the age of 87 following a long battle with cancer.

“Our hearts overflow with sadness at Doug’s passing,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said Wednesday in a news release. “He was very passionate about education, especially career pathways and biotechnology.”

Source: SCOE Mourns Longtime Trustee Douglas ‘Doug’ Ford | Dixon, CA Patch