KATHI HILL JOINS SOLANO COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION Jay Speck, Solano County Superintendent of Schools, and the members of the Solano County Board of Education are pleased to announce the provisional appointment of Katherine Hill to fill the Board vacancy representing Trustee Area 7.
By Barry Eberling
Katherine Hill is the newest member of the Solano County Board of Education.
The board on Wednesday named Hill to fill the 7th Trustee Area seat vacated by Rozzana Verder-Aliga. Verder-Aliga resigned effective Jan. 7 after being elected to the Vallejo City Council.
Board members interviewed Hill at the meeting. She has a master’s degree in social work, coaches a girls softball team and coordinates community outreach activities, a board press release said.
By Lanz Christian Bañes
One way or another, Kathi Hill has always been in school.
Whether it was getting her degrees in social work, coaching her kids teams or running Planned Parenthoods Real Life Real Talk program at Vallejo High School, the Vallejo resident always seems to be on campus.
Perhaps that’s one reason the Solano County board of education appointed her as the new trustee for Area 7, representing the central and southeastern parts of Vallejo.
By Doug Ford
Sergio Jaurez Correa is a fifth-grade math teacher in Matamoros, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas. The city of nearly a half million residents is “a flash point in the war on drugs.”
His school is next to a fetid canal and “a rotten smell drifts through the cement-walled classrooms.” After five years teaching “the government-mandated curriculum” that “was mind-numberingly boring to him and his students,” he was convinced in 2010 that he had to try something different. He started searching for ideas.
By Richard Bammer
Vacaville-area educators say the number of students being suspended or expelled from public schools declined in the last year, reflecting a statewide effort to keep children in the classroom and learning.
In Vacaville Unified, some 700 students were suspended and eight were expelled in 2012-13, the year for which the most recent data is available, according to the state. The district’s suspension rate was 5.2 percent, based on a “cumulative enrollment” of 13,592, according to numbers provided by the California Department of Education in a report released Wednesday.
Overall in Solano County, where nearly 69,000 students were enrolled in public schools, the suspension rate was 9.4 percent, while the statewide percentage (based on nearly 6.5 mill
By Mike Corpos
The Solano County Board of Education is accepting applications to fill the board vacancy in Trustee Area 7.
The former representative, Rozzana Verder-Aliga, resigned after being elected to the Vallejo City Council.
Trustee Area 7 is composed of areas including central, south and northeastern Vallejo.
Although the board adjusted its trustee area boundaries in 2012 as a result of the Federal Census, by law a mid-term replacement must reside in the trustee area that was in place at the start of the departing board member’s term, in this case November 2011.
At its regular meeting on May 8, the SCOE Board of Education recognized: Sally Nishida, SCOE’s nominee for Solano County 2013-14 Teacher of the Year; Barbara Gomez, SCOE’s 2013-14 Classified Transportation Employee of the Year; Karin Ross, SCOE’s 2013-14 Classified Office and Technical Employee of the Year; and Geronimo Nunez, SCOE’s 2013-14 Classified Maintenance, Operation, and Facilities Employee of the Year. Not pictured: Barbara Johnson, SCOE’s nominee for 2013-14 Classified Employee of the Year.
The Solano County School Boards Association held its annual dinner at SCOE on April 29. The Association is made up of school board members from Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Travis, Vacaville, and Vallejo school boards. Dr. Jowel Laguerre, Superintendent/President of the Solano Community College District (SCC), and members of the SCC staff, gave a presentation on future facility plans for the college under recently passed Measure Q and recent legislative changes to the California community college system. After Dr. Laguerre’s presentation, the Association awarded scholarships to high school seniors who are planning on attending SCC in the fall.
FAIRFIELD — Requests by five local school boards to switch from odd-year elections to even-year elections have the county’s blessing.
The Solano County Board of Supervisors has approval power over requests to change election years. On Tuesday, it voted in favor of requests by the Fairfield-Suisun, Vacaville, Benicia and Vallejo school districts and the county Office of Education.
However, the board doesn’t have full discretion over such requests. A county report said the board must grant them unless it finds that the county’s ballot style, voting equipment or computer capacity cannot handle additional elections or materials.
Want to learn how to integrate technology into the STEM++ classroom? Check out SCOE’s K-12 STEM++ In Action Workshop Plus Math. While this workshop will have a focus on Math, we will also look at 21st Century skills in all content areas that enhance the Common Core Standards.
Register by Wednesday, April 17 – more information: http://www.solanocoe.net/apps/events/2013/5/1/1216847/?id=0
They were only in third grade toiling over simple math problems when well-paid officials elsewhere in the Vallejo City Unified School District were having no luck solving seemingly impossible ones.
But unlike the errant student who peeks at a classmate’s test answers, these officials chose to cheat in a more ominous way.
The result in 2004 was a school district that not only found its pockets emptied, but with serious holes where any new cash would slip unfettered through for years to come.
It appears that it’s odd to be odd, at least when it comes to when you conduct elections.
In this case, it’s more a game of odd-man-out.
The cost of local elections is shared by those political and quasi-political entities that have those elections. That’s because each election has certain fixed costs. The more races on the ballot, the more those fixed costs are shared.
By Keri Luiz, Assistant Editor
Dana Dean resigned from the Benicia Unified School District Board of Trustees on Thursday after announcing her appointment to replace John Galvan on the Solano County Board of Education, effective March 1.
“The BUSD is a better place because of your leadership,” Superintendent Janice Adams told Dean. “She is a good steward of the community resources, and has produced excellent leadership during the most challenging years of public education.
Congratulations Dana Dean, SCOE’s new Trustee for Area 3! Ms. Dean received the oath of office from Solano County Superintendent Jay Speck at yesterday’s special board meeting.
There is a switch happening around Solano County.
Local governments across the county are voting to switch their elections from odd years to even years, consolidating them with gubernatorial and presidential races.
The Fairfield City Council and the Solano County Board of Education have already made the decision, and several school boards were slated to decide Thursday night.
A Benicia attorney has been named to fill a trustee post on the Solano County Board of Education that serves Travis Air Force Base and portions of south Fairfield, among other areas.
At their Wednesday afternoon meeting, board members selected Dana Dean to represent Trustee Area 3, a seat which had been vacant since John Galvan resigned on March 1. Besides the sprawling air base and parts of Fairfield, the area includes the city of Benicia, Glen Cove and Collinsville.
FAIRFIELD — Benicia resident Dana Dean has been appointed to the Solano County Board of Education.
Dean will represent the 3rd Trustee Area, which includes Benicia, parts of south Fairfield, Travis Air Force Base and Collinsville. She will resign from her present position on the Benicia School District board.
The Solano County Board of Education made the appointment on Wednesday. Dean will complete the term of John Galvan, who resigned. With the board’s decision to move to even-year elections, the seat will be on the Nov. 14, 2014 ballot.
FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Board of Education wants to switch from odd-year to even-year elections.
It voted unanimously for the move at its Wednesday special meeting. One reason listed in the board resolution is because even-year elections — which include the presidential election and other national elections — traditionally have a higher voter turnout.
In an effort to increase voter participation by consolidating with state and national ballot items, the Solano County Board of Education, at its March 6 special meeting, voted unanimously in favor of changing board member elections from odd- to even-numbered years.
Additionally, the Solano County Board of Education voted to appoint Ms. Dana Dean to the position of Trustee Area 3.
FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to change board member elections from to even-year voting in an effort to increase voter participation, according to a press release.
This decision follows the Fairfield City Council’s vote Tuesday to return to even-year elections. The switch will extend every Fairfield council members’ term by one year if approved by the Solano County Board of Supervisors.