Travis Unified trustees hold off on bond vote | dailyrepublic.com

By Todd R. Hansen

The Travis Unified school board on Monday tabled a decision on whether to place a $65 million general obligation bond on the November ballot.

Two board members – President Matthew Bidou and Vice President Will Wade – indicated their support for putting the measure on the ballot, and support for the measure itself, but Trustee Ivery Hood said, “I will not be supporting the bond.”

“I guess my primary reason is that I feel like we’ve gone out twice to the community and what I’ve learned over the years is that there’s a (percentage) of the community that already supports the schools, and are paying the Mello-Roos, and I think it throws things out of balance,” Hood said.

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LCAP and 2024-25 budget on TUSD trustees’ agenda – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The Local Control Accountability Plan and the 2024-25 budget are on the agenda when Travis Unified leaders meet Tuesday evening in Fairfield.

Tiffany Benson, the assistant superintendent for educational services, will present the Local Control Funding Formula, a description of the district’s money sources, first in a public hearing, followed by information about the LCAP, a sort of blueprint for how the district will spend some $86 million in expenses for the coming academic year.

Under the funding formula, California school districts get money from the state, local and federal funds.

Source: LCAP and 2024-25 budget on TUSD trustees’ agenda – The Vacaville Reporter

Budget, obligation bond, LCAP land before Travis Unified board | dailyrepublic.com

Trustees for the Travis Unified School District on Tuesday will receive a presentation and conduct a public hearing on the proposed 2024-25 budget.

A final decision on placing a $65 million general bond on the Nov. 5 ballot is also on the agenda.

The district, if approved, would set a rate of 6 cents on every $100 of assessed value, generating an average of $4.7 million a year for facility needs.

Source: Budget, obligation bond, LCAP land before Travis Unified board | News | dailyrepublic.com

TUSD leaders to consider new supe contract, bond measure proposal – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A new superintendent’s contract and a proposed bond measure for the fall 2024 ballot are on the agenda when the Travis Unified governing board meets Tuesday in Fairfield.

Trustees are expected to approve a four-year contract with Tiffany Benson, currently the assistant superintendent for educational services.

The contract calls for annual base pay of $243,000 for 221 days of work, $3,000 compensation for earning a master’s degree, and a 2 percent annual pay raise.

Source: TUSD leaders to consider new supe contract, bond measure proposal – The Vacaville Reporter

Travis looks at 27 candidates for Superintendent position | dailyrepublic.com

By Susan Hiland

The Travis Board of Trustees will look at 27 applicants in the search for replacement of Superintendent Pam Conklin.

On April 19 in a special closed session meeting they will go over resumes and chose the best candidates to pull in for a formal interviews.

Then in May they will hold a special meeting with the candidates. The potentials will be doing interviews with a panel of community board participants who will then give there opinions to the school board on the candidates.

Source: Travis looks at 27 candidates for Superintendent position | Education | dailyrepublic.com

Travis hears updates on possible sixth-grade move | dailyrepublic.com

By Susan Hiland

The Travis board of Trustees heard an update on the latest information for the possible reconfiguration of the sixth grade in the Travis School District.

As part of the investigation of possible grade-span reconfiguration, the staff have been exploring facilities options related to moving sixth grade to Golden West Middle School.

The report covered the possibility of not moving sixth grades and staying in the same facilities or moving to Golden West.

Source: Travis hears updates on possible sixth-grade move | Education | dailyrepublic.com

On TUSD agenda: Initial contract hearings for teachers, support staff – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Hearings for initial contract proposals from the Travis Unified Teachers Association and the California School Employees Association are on the agenda when the Travis Unified School District board meets tonight in Fairfield.

Open to the public, the meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Travis Education Center, 2775 DeRonde Drive.

Teachers and trustees will be negotiating a successor collective bargaining agreement to replace and supersede the current contract, which is in effect through June 30.

Source: On TUSD agenda: Initial contract hearings for teachers, support staff – The Vacaville Reporter

Travis board hears input on moving 6th-graders to Golden West | dailyrepublic.com

By Susan Hiland

The Travis Board of Trustees heard feedback from surveys regarding Grade Level Reconfiguration for sixth-graders in Golden West Middle School from other schools.

The location and structure of sixth grade have been discussed many times over the years, and given the new Strategic Plan, LCAP and Facilities Master Plan, formal consideration of this topic makes sense at this time in order to maximize resource use and institutional coherence, according to the staff report.

The survey included 4,525 students, staff and parents. They had nine focus groups encompassing 527 students. They held 15 parent meetings and 12 staff meetings.

Source: Travis board hears input on moving 6th-graders to Golden West | Education | dailyrepublic.com

Travis Board looks for public interest in Goldridge property | dailyrepublic.com

By Susan Hiland

The Travis Unified School District board voted to approve a resolution for accepting offers to lease or purchase the district’s Goldridge property at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Back on the Nov. 14 meeting, the board learned about options for the use or disposal of unused district property, including specifically the Goldridge property, according to the staff report.

The board was advised that current law, until July 1, 2024, provides a streamlined option for it to declare a property “surplus.” This can be done if it has not been used for a school facility.

Source: Travis Board looks for public interest in Goldridge property | Education | dailyrepublic.com

TUSD Board eyes May for possible new superintendent to be hired | dailyrepublic.com

By Susan Hiland

McPherson & Jacobson, a firm that is conducting a national search for Superintendent Pam Conklin’s replacement has at least seven possible candidates so far, according to Travis Unified School District Board President Board President Matt Bidou.

Superintendent Pam Conklin announced her retirement on Feb. 7.

The board decided to go with a third-party search firm to find her replacement at last month’s meeting.

Source: Travis School Board eyes May for possible new superintendent to be hired | Education | dailyrepublic.com

On TUSD agenda: Initial contract hearings for teachers, support staff – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Hearings for initial contract proposals from the Travis Unified Teachers Association and the California School Employees Association are on the agenda when the Travis Unified School District board meets tonight in Fairfield.

Open to the public, the meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Travis Education Center, 2775 DeRonde Drive.

Teachers and trustees will be negotiating a successor collective bargaining agreement to replace and supersede the current contract, which is in effect through June 30.

Source: On TUSD agenda: Initial contract hearings for teachers, support staff – The Vacaville Reporter

Travis board looks to firm to assist with search for new superintendent | dailyrepublic.com

The Travis Unified School District Board has begun the search to replace the retiring superintendent.

Superintendent Pam Conklin announced her retirement on Feb. 7.

The board decided to go with a third party search firm to find her replacement.

The board heard from three firms at Tuesday’s special meeting: Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates; Leadership Associates; and McPherson & Jacobson.

Source: Travis board looks to firm to assist with search for new superintendent | Education | dailyrepublic.com

Travis school board finally has a new board member | dailyrepublic.com

By Susan Hiland

Travis School Board has a new member, Melinda Beyer from Travis Air Force Base who filled the spot left by former board Trustee member Zenobia “Z” Muhammad.

Her resignation left a vacancy in Trustee Area 1 of the Travis Unified Governing Board for several months.

Under the Education Code, the Board had to fill the vacancy by appointment prior to the November 5, election. The individual appointed will hold office until the next regularly scheduled election for Governing Board on November 5, which is the same year Muhammad’s term would have ended according to the staff report.

Source: Travis school board finally has a new board member | Education | dailyrepublic.com

Travis school board creates first Strategic Plan | dailyrepublic.com

By Susan Hiland

The Travis Unified School District board approved the first Travis Strategic Plan for the next few years at its Tuesday meeting.

The Strategic Plan is a management plan for the district, which also lays down the foundation for goals, tackling budgeting issues and creating a template for the Local Control and Accountability Plan, or LCAP.

The plan was developed in collaboration with representatives from Travis community members, board members and staff last month over the course of three days, according to Fred Van Vleck, lead consultant for the National Center For Executive Leadership, who gave a recap of the workshop.

Source: Travis school board creates first Strategic Plan | Education | dailyrepublic.com

Goldridge property declared surplus at Travis board meeting | dailyrepublic.com

The Travis Unified School District board voted to approve a resolution declaring the Goldridge property as surplus.

At the Nov. 14, 2023, meeting, the Board learned about options for the use or disposal of unused district property, including specifically the Goldridge property, according to the staff report.

The board was advised that current law, until July 1, 2024, provides a streamlined option for it to declare a property “surplus.” This can be done if it has not been used for a school facility.

Source: Goldridge property declared surplus at Travis board meeting | Education | dailyrepublic.com

Travis school board continues talks on fencing | dailyrepublic.com

By Susan Hiland

The discussion on fencing three schools – Vanden High School, Golden West Middle School and the Travis Education Center – continued at Tuesday night’s meeting for the Travis governing board.

At last month’s meeting, the board asked the staff to draw up plans for completing the project in phases rather than one at a time, to detail the cost difference.

This idea of fencing in the three schools has been discussed for many years. The increase of gun violence over those years has made some board members concerned about student safety.

Source: Travis school board continues talks on fencing | Education | dailyrepublic.com

Meal seconds will cost students more in coming year | dailyrepublic.com

By Susan Hiland

The Travis Unified School District governing board approved an increase in price for second servings in the cafeteria at the Tuesday night meeting.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service requires that the price of an adult meal must fully cover all costs, including the USDA Food’s fair market value.

The breakfast and lunches served are still free but if students wants seconds, they will have to pay for it.

Source: Meal seconds will cost students more in coming year | Education | dailyrepublic.com

Travis school board requests waiver from state to search of new board member | dailyrepublic.com

By Susan Hiland

The Travis Unified School District board decided to ask the state Board of Education for a waiver of the appointment timeline to allow additional time to seek a qualified applicant for the vacant trustee seat.

Zenobia Muhammad left the Trustee Area 1 seat in August. The board wanted to fill this vacancy by appointment, but no one applied for the position by the deadline, which was 60 days after Muhammad left.

The requirements for the position include that a person must be 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the state, a resident of the district and Trustee Area 1, a registered voter, and not otherwise be disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the state from holding a civil office.

Source: Travis school board requests waiver from state to search of new board member | Education | dailyrepublic.com

Travis governing board looks to fill vacant seat at next meeting | dailyrepublic.com

By Susan Hiland

The Travis Unified School District Governing Board will consider the selection process to replace board member and clerk Zenobia Muhammad at its next meeting.

Muhammad tendered her resignation on Aug. 31.

The options going forward are to either provisionally appoint or call a special election to fill the vacancy.

The board will discuss the best course of action on Tuesday. If they decide on an appointment, then they will conduct applicant interviews at the Oct. 10 meeting. To choose a special election means the seat will be vacant until the next election in 2024.

Source: Travis governing board looks to fill vacant seat at next meeting | Education | dailyrepublic.com

Travis board looks at changes for graduation requirements in American Government course work | dailyrepublic.com

By Susan Hiland

Tiffany Benson, assistant superintendent of Educational Services, brought a proposal to change the graduation requirement for social studies to the Travis School Board.

Her proposal was to change the social studies course from its current schedule to give students the option of either taking one semester of American Government or one full-year course of it.

“The idea is to align with the California graduation requirements,” Benson said. “This way it gives students the option of doing one semester or one year of American Government.”

Source: Travis board looks at changes for graduation requirements in American Government course work | Education | dailyrepublic.com