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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Isom bids farewell during his last Fairfield school board meeting – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Fairfield Board of Trustees said goodbye to board president David C. Isom, who is soon moving to Missouri.

A longtime member of the community, he served on the board five separate times as president since being first appointed to the Fairfield-Suisun school board in September 2010, and has added additional four-year terms over the years.

“It has been an honor to serve this district and serve the community,” Isom said. “I appreciate the trust that was bestowed on me by members of this community.”

Source: Isom bids farewell during his last Fairfield school board meeting

Travis governing board honors teachers, students – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis school board on Tuesday honored teachers, staff and students with a small awards ceremony.

Principal Kristin Shields introduced the Vanden High School Class of 2023 valedictorians, salutatorians and American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State winners.

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Travis Governing Board honors teachers and students at next meeting – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

As the school year draws to a close, it is time to recognize those teachers and students who excelled this year.

At the May 9 meetingof the Travis Governing Board, Principal Kristin Shields will introduce Vanden High School Class of 2023 valedictorians, salutatorians and state Senate winners, who will be presented with Certificates of Recognition from the Board.

More honors will go to Jennifer Greenway, assistant principal at Golden West Middle School, as the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Secondary Co-Principal/Administrator of the Year.

Source: Travis Governing Board honors teachers and students at next meeting

Travis school board looks at initial bargaining proposals next meeting – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The California School Employees Association and its local Chapter No. 454 (CSEA) and the Travis School Board are looking at several bargaining proposals at the next Travis Governing Board meeting to reopen negotiations.

Some of the issues include an interest in increased training and improving working conditions.

In addition, the CSEA also would like to discuss salary issues for a fair and equitable increase to the rate of pay for all bargaining-unit members. Further, the association has an interest in enhancing professional growth and adding district-provided professional development opportunities.

Source: Travis school board looks at initial bargaining proposals next meeting

Travis school board talks safety fence at meeting – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis Unified School District debated placing a fence around several schools as a safety measure at Tuesday’s meeting.

The board heard a report on the possibility of installing a perimeter fence around Vanden High School, Golden West Middle School and Travis Education Center.

Gabe Moulaison, chief business officer, reported that he was calling the area “The Block,” because it was one full block around which they are looking to install fencing.

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Travis school board adopts new education materials – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis school board this week voted to adopt several new media for the coming school year.

The action included three programs from Cengage Publishing/National Geographic with “Look and See;” “Our World” and “Time Zones” being the new materials.

The National Geographic material emphasizes science and social studies content woven throughout the lessons, according to the staff report.

Source: Travis school board adopts new education materials

Travis board tables proposed PIO position, but urges better communication – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis school board discussed creating a public information officer position at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Vince Ruiz, assistant superintendent of Human Resources, gave the presentation. He compared other PIO positions in Solano County with salary ranges from $95,000 to $153,000.

“We need more data to decide to go forward,” he said.

Source: Travis board tables proposed PIO position, but urges better communication

Travis school board to hear report on perimeter fencing – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis Unified School District will be talking about the installation of perimeter fence around Vanden High School, Golden West Middle School and Travis Education Center at the Tuesday board meeting.

Gabe Moulaison, chief business officer, will be giving the report.

The estimated financial impact would be about $1.2 million for the fencing and work, according to the staff report.

Also to be discussed is the possibility of adding a public information officer position.

Source: Travis school board to hear report on perimeter fencing

Travis school board OKs advance of $5.7M to cover bridge loan option – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Travis School District trustees approved a request Tuesday at the Solano County Board of Supervisors meeting to authorize the county treasurer to transfer approximately $5.7 million in one or more loans to the school district.

Gabe Moulaison, chief business officer, gave made the presentation to the board.

“Every year we have to pass this resolution,” he said. “We have plenty of reserves but we are asking for this in case later in the year that is not the case.”

Source: Travis school board OKs advance of $5.7M to cover bridge loan option

Travis school board to consider teachers’ association negotiations – Daily Republic

Travis School District trustees will give the public a chance Tuesday to comment on the initial proposal for the Travis Unified Teachers’ Association contract for 2023-2024. The board is then scheduled to vote on the proposal.

Negotiations cover salary and benefits along with elementary preparation/planning, common planning days and adjunct duty.

The district proposes to explore current needs related to elementary preparation and common planning time, and to negotiate necessary amendments, according to a staff report. The district also proposes to explore new and different options relative to adjunct duty time and to negotiate necessary amendments in order to serve the best interests of students and operational needs.

Source: Travis school board to consider teachers’ association negotiations

Trustees to ask county for $5.7M bridge loan to cover Travis School District expenses – Daily Republic

Travis School District trustees are scheduled to consider a request Tuesday of the Solano County Board of Supervisors to authorize the county treasurer to transfer approximately $5.7 million in one or more loans to the school district.

The loans would cover what the staff report describes as one or more cash shortages caused by delays in payments from the state.

The amount is less than or equal to the 85% of fiscal year 2023-24 anticipated property tax revenues for the district, as estimated by the Solano County auditor, according to a staff report.

Source: Trustees to ask county for $5.7M bridge loan to cover Travis School District expenses

Travis school board set to start recording, streaming meetings – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Travis School District trustees will soon move into the computer age with a live streaming of meetings.

The board on Tuesday approved the purchase of cameras and equipment to begin live streaming the meetings.

Superintendent Pam Conklin reported the board had expressed an interested in getting information on how much it would cost to live stream the meetings.

Source: Travis school board set to start recording, streaming meetings