Divided Vaca board debates letter to governor on Covid vaccine mandates – Daily Republic

3 trustees opt to send message under own names, not as formal board missive

VACAVILLE — The School Board this week during a special meeting mulled over the idea of sending a letter to the governor addressing concerns about the vaccine mandate proposed for implementation July 1.

Trustees split on the timing of the letter, with a board minority opting to send it anyway.

The letter being reviewed Thursday includes basic information on the Vacaville School District along with responses from a survey done of all families in the district about how they felt about the possible mandate.

Vacaville trustees to hear updates on future growth, school facilities costs that approach $600M – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The school board will take a look Thursday at future school site projects that come with an estimated cost of nearly $600 million.

The chief facilities, maintenance and operations 0fficer, Daniel Banowetz, will present the final draft of the district’s five-year Master Facilities Plan – a program of work that inlcudes an educated wish list of sorts for future projects.

Vacaville-area voters passed Measure A in 2014, a $194 million general obligation bond, to pay for technology upgrades, facility renovations and new construction within the Vacaville School District.

Source: Vacaville trustees to hear updates on future growth, school facilities costs that approach $600M

Jansen is new president of Vacaville school board – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

John Jansen on Thursday was unanimously voted to the position of board president for the Vacaville Unified School District.

Elected as vice president was Michael Kitzes,who completed his term as president at the same meeting. The new clerk for the upcoming year is Daniel Santellan.

Superintendent Jane Shamieh will be the board secretary.

Source: Jansen is new president of Vacaville school board

Trustees to consider Vaca preschool funding strategy – Daily Republic

School District trustees will consider approval Thursday of a plan to help secure future funding for the local preschool program.

Assistant Superintendent Sasha Begell has asked the school board to appoint Preschool Principal Lauren Hylton to serve as the applicant on behalf of the district for submission of a continued funding application for the California State Preschool Program.

This continued funding application is required by the state to serve as notification of intent to continue services for the next contract period.

Source: Trustees to consider Vaca preschool funding strategy

School board in Vacaville to review Covid safety plan – Daily Republic

The school board will vote Thursday on an updated Health and Safety OSHA Covid-19 Prevention and Preparedness Program, as well as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III Plan.

This plan is a living document that will be amended as public health conditions, orders, and/or guidance change, according to a staff report.

Health and safety updates are regularly shared with students, staff and community members via the district website, weekly superintendent letters and blackboard communications.

Source: School board in Vacaville to review Covid safety plan

Vaca district staff seek leave to apply for state grant – Daily Republic

A pair of school district officials will seek approval Thursday to apply for state funding to benefit the city’s schools.

Associate Superintendent Ed Santopadre and Director of Secondary Education Ali Eeds will request approval of the Educator Effectiveness Block Grant Plan for Vacaville School District schools and local charter schools.

The plans will support the professional development for teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals who interact with students.

Source: Vaca district staff seek leave to apply for state grant

Vacaville school trustees set to reorganize leadership – Daily Republic

The School Board will reorganize its members Thursday to select a president, vice president and clerk.

Vacaville School District Superintendent Jane Shamieh will serve as secretary.

The Vacaville Library board will also select a president and secretary.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Educational Services Center, 401 Nut Tree Road and online on YouTube. The link is available through the school district’s website.

Source: Vacaville school trustees set to reorganize leadership

Vacaville school board votes to change salary schedules – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The school board voted unanimously Thursday to update salary schedules for classified and substitute teachers in the Vacaville School District.

Director of Human Resources Manolo Garcia requested the approval of the revised 2021-22 Classified Employee Salary Schedules, which include the reclassification of the School Bus Driver Instructor job classification.

The school bus driver instructor classification was reclassified from Range 42 to Range 48 on the salary schedule in order to provide competitive compensation as well as internal equity between the school bus driver classification, according to a staff report.

Source: Vacaville school board votes to change salary schedules

Vaca trustees vote to make changes to personnel titles, boost pay for VTA substitutes – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Vacaville school board passed all proposals for updating salaries and classifications of personnel titles at Thursday night’s meeting.

Assistant Superintendent Chris Hulett had requested approval of a Memorandum of Understanding and an increase of $50 per day to the off-duty substitute rate for Vacaville Teachers Association members for the 2021-22 school year.

The increase reflects the same increase the district gave to regular substitutes earlier this year.

“This is a bit of housekeeping really. Several months ago we agreed to do this,” Hulett said. “This increase is for $50 for this year only.”

Source: Vaca trustees vote to make changes to personnel titles, boost pay for VTA substitutes

Vacaville School District to host public hearings on redistricting – Daily Republic

The Vacaville School District governing board has begun its redistricting process to evaluate the 2020 U.S. census data and current trustee areas.

Public hearings related to trustee-area redistricting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 and Jan. 27 at the Education Services Center, located at 401 Nut Tree Road.

These hearings will provide information and gather public input on the potential changes to the trustee area map adopted Dec. 19, 2018. Maps, plan proposal submissions and other information can be found on the district’s webpage at vacavilleusd.org/CVRA.

Source: Vacaville School District to host public hearings on redistricting

Vacaville school board approves playground lease with neighboring school – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

School board members have approved the proposed commercial lease with Shelley Dally Early Learning Village and Pleasant Valley School.

A commercial lease with Pleasant Valley School at the Shelley Dally Early Learning Village site was approved Thursday for the coming school year.

The agreement is a no-cost land lease for 880 square feet of play area space to be used by the Pleasant Valley School.

Source: Vacaville school board approves playground lease with neighboring school

VUSD Board set to consider Shelly Dally land lease plan, preschool grant requirements – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

School Board members will consider items connected to the Shelly Dally Early Learning Village at the next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The first issue is a request by the staff for approval of a commercial lease with Pleasant Valley School at the Shelly Dally Early Learning Village site. This agreement is a no-cost land lease for 880 square feet of play area space to be used by the Pleasant Valley School.

Pleasant Valley School is adjacent to the Shelly Dally Early Learning Village.

Source: Vacaville School Board set to consider Shelly Dally land lease plan, preschool grant requirements

Vaca school board delays final discussion on plan to spend nearly $10M in Covid relief funds – Daily Republic

By Katy S. Clair

School board members put off a decision this week on how best to spend nearly $9.235 million in pandemic relief money.

Superintendent Jane Shamieh outlined how the district would use the money to:

  • Comply with Covid-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Address the impact of lost instructional time.
  • Respond to the needs of all students, particularly those disproportionately affected by the pandemic, such as low-income, unhoused and children and teens with special needs.

Source: Vaca school board delays final discussion on plan to spend nearly $10M in Covid relief funds

Parents, students sound off at Vacaville school board meeting – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Thursday’s Vacaville Unified governing board meeting, with updates on the district’s pandemic-related safety plan, sports activities, and mental health on the agenda, drew 24 speakers.

All but one expressed a desire to quickly return to in-person instruction, citing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, and some voiced antagonism toward employees unions’ cautious approach.

Parent Kristina Holden alluded to a district survey that she said indicated a majority of parents want schools to reopen. Addressing the seven trustees, she wondered if members of the Vacaville Teachers Union are more important than students’ wishes to return to in-person instruction in the district’s 17 schools that serve 12,500 students.

Source: Coronavirus: Parents, students sound off at Vacaville school board meeting – The Reporter

Updates on school safety plans, sports, mental health services on VUSD agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Updates on a COVID-19 safety plan, school sports activities permissible during the pandemic and mental health services are on the agenda when Vacaville Unified leaders meet Thursday night via a Zoom webinar.

For those interested, members of the public must register to attend in order to view and, if desired, participate in the meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

To register, visit https://vacavilleusd.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZzX7g9LVQm-SPhCY9hRrwA.

After registering, a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar will be sent.

Source: Updates on school safety plans, sports, mental health services on VUSD agenda – The Reporter

VUSD board unanimously taps Santiago Serrato as newest trustee – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Endorsed by Vacaville Unified teachers and classified employees, Santiago Serrato, a naturalized U.S. citizen and unit supervisor at Napa State Hospital, saying among his goals is to provide the best for every student, was appointed on a unanimous trustee vote tonight to fill a vacant seat on the district governing board.

Taking the oath of office administered by Superintendent Jane Shamieh, Santiago, who lives in the district’s Area 5, admittedly grew “emotional” during the swearing-in for the two-year post, which will complete the at-large term vacated by former trustee Michael Silva, who was elected to the Vacaville City Council in November.

Answering a series of questions during the 2 1/2-hour online special governing board meeting, Santiago, whose children attend Markham Elementary, often repeatedly returned to the issue of equity and underscored the need for all educators to enhance their cultural literacy as the 12,500-student district, like the state, becomes increasingly racially diverse.

Source: VUSD board unanimously taps Santiago Serrato as newest trustee – The Reporter

VUSD leaders to appoint Vaca resident to fill Area 5 trustee seat – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Vacaville Unified School District leaders will meet online Tuesday evening for a special governing board meeting to appoint a Vacaville resident to fill a trustee vacancy for Area 5.

The link to the 5:30 p.m. meeting is https://agendaonline.net/public/Meeting.aspx?AgencyID=59&MeetingID=81964&AgencyTypeID=1&IsArchived=False.

Members of the public must register in advance to view and/or participate in the meeting, which will be held via Zoom, at https://vacavilleusd.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-qwTOh7cSXO-tip2jnGZ_Q.

Source: VUSD leaders to appoint Vaca resident to fill Area 5 trustee seat – The Reporter

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

New numbers come in for Vacaville and Dixon races, standings remain unchanged – The Reporter

By Nicks Sestanovich

After taking a weekend off, the Solano County Registrar of Voters’ Office resumed its work counting votes Monday.

More provisional and mail-in ballots continue to be tallied, although it has not drastically altered the tallies in many races in Vacaville in Dixon, despite some candidates in second place gaining ground against their opponents.

Source: New numbers come in for Vacaville and Dixon races, standings remain unchanged – The Reporter

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