Sarah Chapman retakes lead in District 4 election, other races remain same – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The race for Vacaville City Council District 4 continues to swing back and forth.

On Wednesday, realtor Kristen Navarro led in the race to succeed outgoing Councilman Nolan Sullivan after Solano Community College Board Trustee Sarah Chapman had an early lead on Election Night. However, with the latest batch of vote-by-mail ballots counted Thursday night, Chapman regained the top spot with 42.02% of the vote, giving her a 50-vote lead over Navarro, who has received 40.39% of the vote.

Reached by email earlier in the day in response to a previous request for comment, Chapman wrote that she and her team were monitoring the results and acknowledged that it was “incredibly tight.”

Source: Sarah Chapman retakes lead in District 4 election, other races remain same – The Vacaville Reporter

School board OKs Travis district’s updated financial report – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis School District is holding its own financially amid declining enrollment projections, trustees were told this week in an update on the district’s budget.

Chief Business Officer Gabe Moulaison on Tuesday presented the school board with the 2022-23 First Interim Report and budget projections for the current school year.

The data was from July 1 through Oct. 31 with updates due to changes that were made after the Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 185, the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill that sets statewide school spending for the year.

Source: School board OKs Travis district’s updated financial report

Travis trustees hear update on finances of special tax districts – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Travis School District trustees heard an update Tuesday on two special tax districts that between them hold nearly $10 million in taxpayer money.

Chief Business Officer Gabe Moulaison gave the presentation on the Community Facilities Districts No. 1 and No. 2 Special Tax Annual Reports.

There are 1,775 residential parcels for which a building permit has been issued as of June 1 for Community Facilities District No. 1, according to the report.

Source: Travis trustees hear update on finances of special tax districts

Unofficial Solano election results are in; more to come – The Vacaville Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Election Day has come and gone, but results for races in Solano County are not yet set.

Why? Because there’s still thousands of ballots left to count.

According to the Solano County Registrar of Voters office, outstanding Vote-by-Mail ballots total 35,821 while outstanding provisional ballots number 1,671.

On Wednesday, staff focused full bore on processing ballots. An estimated 15,000 were ready to be counted while 13,000 more were ready to be verified.

Source: Unofficial Solano election results are in; more to come – The Vacaville Reporter

Schools election picture coming into focus after Day 2 of count – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Jack Flynn held a majority lead over incumbent Jonathan Richardson for the Trustee Area 5 seat on the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District board.

As of Wednesday, Flynn had tallied 963 votes, representing 51.5% of the ballots cast, while Richardson had 907 votes (48.5%), the Solano County Registrar of Voters Office reported.

The unofficial result is with all 10 precincts counted, but with mail-in and provisional ballots left to count.

Source: Schools election picture coming into focus after Day 2 of count

Travis trustees OK 6.7% raise for teachers, most staff – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

A new state law to change the start times for schools starting this academic year served as cover for 6.7% raises for most of the Travis School District’s workforce.

The district and its teachers union came to an agreement Sept. 30.

Trustees on Tuesday approved a memorandum or understanding with the Travis Unified Teachers Association.

The agreement stems from Senate Bill 328, which changed the start times for schools by 15 minutes. The teachers union requested a renegotiation of salaries because of the additional time teachers would need to be at school.

Source: Travis trustees OK 6.7% raise for teachers, most staff

Travis board denies request to add slain student’s name to Vanden High’s Gammon Field – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Daniel Hughes’ name will not be added to Gammon Field at Vanden High School.

The decision was made Tuesday by the Travis School District governing board and follows the recommendation of a committee established to review the request.

Daniel Dejon Hughes, 17, was a junior at Vanden High when he was shot on Easter Sunday in 2021 and died 14 days later on April 18, 2021. The criminal case against the suspected shooter is making its way through the courts.

Source: Travis board denies request to add slain student’s name to Vanden High’s Gammon Field

Grab a slice, meet with Travis school board candidate – The Vacaville Reporter

Those wishing to learn more about Travis Unified School District Governing Board candidate Maria Figueroa will have an opportunity to do so Sunday. As an incentive, they will also be served pizza.

Figueroa is running in Area 2, which encompasses the portions of Vacaville and Fairfield that serve TUSD. She will be discussing her platform and why she wishes to serve on the board. Napa-based food truck Taste of Tuscany will serve wood-fired pizzas.

More information on Figueroa’s campaign can be found at Maria4tusd.com.

Source: Grab a slice, meet with Travis school board candidate – The Vacaville Reporter

Travis School District seeks 1 person to flesh out board prior to election – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis School District is looking for someone to represent Trustee Area 1 and Travis Air Force Base – and seeks to file the vacancy soon.

Three seats on the board were set for election as part of the Nov. 8 general election. No candidate filed for the Trustee Area 1 seat.

Since the deadline for candidates to file for this election has passed, this means there is a “failure to elect” a trustee to this seat, resulting in a vacancy, Superintendent Pam Conklin reports.

Source: Travis School District seeks 1 person to flesh out board prior to election

Travis board moves ahead with plans to improve college-prep success among students – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Travis School District trustees gave the go-ahead Tuesday to move forward with plans to secure grant money to provide college-prep coursework support to students who may otherwise not be able to further their educations.

The district through its A-G Completion Improvement Grant Plan seeks $123,131 for the A-G Access portion of the grant and $46,161 for the Learning Loss Mitigation portion of the grant.

The plan will be submitted for adoption at the board meeting in June.

Source: Travis board moves ahead with plans to improve college-prep success among students

Travis board approves agreement with employees – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Travis School Board members approved an agreement Tuesday between the Travis School District and the California School Employees Association for 2021-22 and 2022-23 that will cost the district more than $400,000 a year.

The agreement includes updated salary schedules.

The tentative agreement looked at multiple sections of the collective bargaining agreement, including evaluations, state disability insurance, vacation, salary and benefits for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years, professional growth, and calendars.

Source: Travis board approves agreement with employees

Travis School Board opts against electronic meetings – Daily Republic

The Travis school board has rejected having the next board meeting as an electronic session.

Not one of the board members supported a proposal Tuesday to have the February meeting fully electronic.

Pam Conklin, the district’s superintendent, presented the board with the option to return to an electronic meeting due to the rise in Covid cases.

Travis school board to consider new TK, special ed classroom materials – Daily Republic

Trustees of the Travis School District will hear a presentation Tuesday on recommended instructional materials for children in transitional kindergarten and special education classes.

The presentation will be made by Sue Brothers, assistant superintendent of Educational Services, who will present information about the new curricula, “World of Wonders.”

Children throughout the district’s lower grades already make use of “World of Wonders.”

Source: Travis school board to consider new TK, special ed classroom materials

Forbes remains Travis School Board president – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis School District board reorganized its leadership Tuesday with little fanfare.

Janet Jackson Forbes will continue as board president. The new vice president is Manveer Sandhu and the clerk will be Meghan Thompson.

Trustees established the regular meetings of the board for 2022-23.

The meetings in 2022 will occur Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13. The meetings in the first half of 2023 will occur Jan. 17, Feb. 7, March 14, April 4, May 9, June 13 and June 20.

Source: Forbes remains Travis School Board president

Travis trustees to review plan for $1.1M state grant – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Trustees of the Travis School District are scheduled Tuesday to consider a plan of action to train teachers and other staff to better serve students.

Sue Brothers, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, will review the Educator Effectiveness Block Grant Plan with the board.

The district will receive approximately $1.139 million in Educator Effectiveness Block Grant Funds for professional development for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals who work with students and classified staff who interact with students.

Source: Travis trustees to review plan for $1.1M state grant

Travis board to review salary changes for school management personnel – Daily Republic

The Travis School District governing board will take a look Tuesday at salary updates.

The board will hear from Vince Ruiz, assistant superintendent for Human Resources, on updated salary schedules for unrepresented employee groups.

The salary schedule for unrepresented employee groups including the Association of Travis Management have been updated to reflect the increase of 3% effective July 1, 2021, and a 2% increase effective July 1, 2022.

Source: Travis board to review salary changes for school management personnel

Travis school board OKs goal change that aims to improve student learning – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Travis School District trustees accepted the reworded Tuesday of the district’s No. 1 goal.

The previous language reads, “Focus on instructional excellence to increase achievement for every student using support systems to improve student learning and to close achievement gaps in order to prepare students for college and career.”

The reworked language is, “Focus on instructional and institutional excellence to promote equity for all, close the achievement gap, and improve student learning in preparation for opportunities beyond high school including college and career.”

Source: Travis school board OKs goal change that aims to improve student learning

Trustees at Travis schools adopt pandemic relief fund spending plan – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis School District’s governing board this week approved the broad outline for how to spend more than $1.3 million in pandemic relief funds.

Sue Brothers, assistant superintendent of Educational Services, gave a presentation Tuesday night on the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III funding plan, and sought the board’s approval.

School districts, county offices of education or charter schools, collectively known as Local Education Agencies, that receive these pandemic relief funds under the American Rescue Plan Act, are required to develop a plan for how they will use their funds.

Source: Trustees at Travis schools adopt pandemic relief fund spending plan

Travis trustees to examine school district’s top goal – Daily Republic

Travis School District trustees will consider a reworded No. 1 goal for the district when they meet Tuesday.

The current language reads, Focus on instructional excellence to increase achievement for every student using support systems to improve student learning and to close achievement gaps in order to prepare students for college and career.”

The reworked language is, “Focus on instructional and institutional excellence to promote equity for all, close the achievement gap, and improve student learning in preparation for opportunities beyond high school, including college and career.”

Source: Travis trustees to examine school district’s top goal

Travis schools budget plan – with $1.38M in red ink – open to public comment – Daily Republic

By Glen Faison

The Travis School District board will hear public comment Tuesday on the proposed 2021-22 fiscal year budget, and will consider approving the certificated salary schedule including a 183-day work calendar.

A staff report on the budget proposal shows more than $68.33 million in general fund revenue and nearly $69,021 in spending. The approximate $1.38 million in red ink is driven by $1.55 million in deficit spending in the district’s unrestricted funds, partially offset by a surplus of $171,000 in the district’s restricted funds.

Source: Travis schools budget plan – with $1.38M in red ink – open to public comment