By Cecil Conley
Michael Kitzes looks forward to the day when he can preside at a Vacaville Unified School District Governing Board meeting with seven trustees seated at the dais. If he is holding his breath for that, it is time to exhale.
Kitzes had hoped all seven seats would be filled after the special election Sept. 12 that decides who will be the Area 4 trustee. That would have guaranteed Kitzes of playing with a full deck at a Sept. 21 board meeting.
Source: Second trustee faces recall – The Vacaville Reporter
Dave McCallum wants to serve, again.
The former Vacaville Unified School District trustee is hoping to win back a seat during a special election scheduled for Sept. 12 for Trustee Area 4.
McCallum, 63, was actually appointed by the board to fill the seat left vacant with the resignation of Cecil Conley, but a protest petition filed with the Solano County Office of Education forced the special election.
Source: McCallum looks to return to Vacaville Unified board | Vacaville-Dixon-Winters | dailyrepublic.com
A live-streamed candidate forum for the Vacaville Unified School District Trustee Area 4 special election is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“All three candidates – Lindsay Kelly, Michael Martin and Dave McCallum – are expected to take part in the forum, which will be moderated by Nolan Sullivan and Ciana Vasquez Pimentel. Questions will be posed by adults and students who live in the school district,” organizers said in a statement.
Kelly is an insurance claims adjuster. Martin is a real estate broker. McCallum is a broadcaster.
Source: Streamed candidate forum set for Vaca schools Trustee Area 4
By Nick McConnell
Michael Kitzes looks forward as president of the Vacaville Unified School District Governing Board to welcoming a new board member this evening. Two applicants are vying for the Area 6 seat left vacant when Kelly Welsh resigned from the board in May.
Tracee Stacy would not be so new after having served on the board from 2016 to 2020. She was unseated by Welsh three years ago. The other applicant is a newcomer, Amy Tran Russell. Each will make her case to join the board and one will do so by the end of the meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
Candidates will be invited to give a statement, Superintendent Ed Santopadre said at the board meeting in June, and answer questions from the five board members. The board will then deliberate before announcing the appointment. Ranked choice voting will be used to select the new member.
Source: VUSD board to appoint Area 6 trustee – The Vacaville Reporter
By Nick McConnell
The Vacaville Unified School District Board of Education met Thursday to discuss summer business, the process for appointing a new member of the board, and other items at their regularly scheduled board meeting.
The board set its next meeting for 6:30 on July 18, when it will hear from applicants for the open school board position and vote on their replacement. The board will select questions for the candidates over the coming weeks and will use ranked-choice voting to select from the applicants.
Applicants will be asked to give an opening statement according to Superintendent Ed Santopadre, and will then be asked questions. The application period closes at 5 p.m. on July 13, and candidates will be verified to live in the area they represent before the meeting.
Source: VUSD board discuss appointment, look forward to next school year – The Vacaville Reporter
By Richard Bammer
In a September special election, three Vacaville residents will seek a seat on the Vacaville Unified governing board, a post recently vacated by a petition drive.
Among those wanting to be the next trustee for Trustee Area 4 is former longtime VUSD trustee David McCallum, a local radio broadcaster who earlier this year was appointed to the governing board when another member resigned but was forced out by the petition drive. The other two are Michael W. Martin, a local real estate broker; and Lindsay Kelly, an insurance claims adjuster, according to information on the Solano County Registrar of Voters website.
Assistant Registrar of Voters John Gardner last month confirmed that the election, estimated to cost the district $113,000, will be held on Sept. 12 in the mostly rural north Vacaville trustee area.
Source: In September special election, three will vie for VUSD trustee seat – The Vacaville Reporter
By Nick McConnell
The Vacaville Unified School District’s governing board chose at its regular meeting on Thursday to appoint a replacement for former trustee Kelly Welsh rather than hold a special election for the remainder of her term, which ends later this year.
The board also appointed new Superintendent Ed Santopadre as its secretary, and trustees heard his first report as superintendent after he recently took over the position. Several members of the public attended the meeting and spoke in favor of making an appointment to avoid the cost of a special election.
The meeting opened with Santopadre’s comments to the board, in which he highlighted graduation send-offs for seniors of each of the area high schools. Santopadre also introduced three staff members in new positions, including Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources David Robertson, Dean of Learning Support at Ernest Kimmie Jordyn Adcock and Principal of Hemlock Elementary Joanna Adams.
Source: VUSD trustees appoint replacement for ex-trustee Welsh – The Vacaville Reporter
The Solano County supervisors on Tuesday authorized the registrar of voters to run a special election for the Trustee Area 4 seat on the Vacaville Unified School District board.
The school board had appointed David McCallum to replace Cecil Conley, who resigned, but a protest petition was filed with the Solano County Office of Education to force the special election.
Among the issues are parental concerns about the district developing what they believe is a critical race theory or equity policy without public input.
Source: County will conduct special election for Vacaville school district
By Richard Bammer
It is definitely an off-year election year, but some Vacaville Unified voters in Trustee Area 4 will definitely be going to the polls anyway for a special election in September, marking their ballots to pick a school district governing board member to fill a seat vacated by a petition drive.
John Gardner, Solano County’s assistant registrar of voters, confirmed Wednesday that the election, estimated to cost the district $113,000, will be held on Sept. 12 in the mostly rural north Vacaville trustee area.
In a brief interview in his County Government Center office in Fairfield, Gardner said he received the election petition on May 5 from Solano County Office of Education officials, then ROV employees reviewed and validated petition signatures, and, on May 11, reported back to the SCOE. On Tuesday, officials there sent a formal letter to Gardner with the election date.
Source: VUSD petition drive leads to September special election in Trustee Area 4 – The Vacaville Reporter
The Vacaville Unified School District Board of Education invites members of the community to apply to fill a vacancy on the Governing Board.
Application packets are available on the district’s website at www.vacavilleusd.org or in the Superintendent’s office at the Educational Services Center, 401 Nut Tree Rd., between 8 a.n.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Completed applications must be received by the superintendent’s office by 5 p.m. March 29, 2023. Late applications will not be accepted.
Source: Vacaville school board seeks trustee applicants – The Vacaville Reporter
Vacaville City Councilman Michael Silva, a Solano Community College educator, is one of six community college instructors selected by the Community College Presidents’ Initiative in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (CCPI-STEM) for its fellowship program.
The fellowship is one of several initiatives of CCPI-STEM that aim to strengthen community college faculty and administrators and nurture their leadership skills in order to grow and diversify the STEM technician workforce.
Silva is a professor of Biotechnology and Biological Sciences.
Source: Vacaville councilman, educator awarded STEM fellowship – The Vacaville Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
With the Vacaville and Dixon school board elections now in the rearview, there is only one thing left to do: swear in the recently elected and re-elected trustees before they sit on the dais.
The swearing-in ceremonies for both school boards will take place this Thursday.
For Vacaville, the oath of office will be administered to three individuals: President John Jansen and Trustee Santiago Serrato, who ran unopposed for Trustee Areas 3 and 5 respectively, and Nancy Dunn, who defeated Jacqui Nguyen, a communications specialist and former TV reporter, for a seat in Trustee Area 1. Dunn is a former longtime educator who’s served as president of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association. She will be succeeding Shelley Dally, who decided not to seek re-election after eight years on the board.
Source: Vacaville, Dixon to swear in new school board members – 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
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
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
By Zachary Cimaglio
What was billed as a candidate platform for Vacaville Unified School District hopefuls became a podium for just one when only one appeared at the virtual event Tuesday night.
Hosted on Zoom by the Vacaville People’s Forum (https://www.facebook.com/vvpeoplesforum), both Nancy Dunn and Jacqui Nguyen were invited but Nguyen did not appear. Dunn is running for school board in Trustee Area 1.
Albert Gutierrez, a Vacaville resident and Marine Corps veteran, asked about Dunn’s support of Measure Q, which would allocate nearly $230 million for renovation and updates at local schools.
Source: Vacaville People’s Forum livestream features one Vacaville school board candidate – The Vacaville Reporter
By Zachary Cimaglio
With new companies and career opportunities popping up in Vacaville, the city has become a melting pot of youth seeking jobs and long-term success.
To nurture this success, many students may need guidance from someone who understands their personal needs, a role which Jacqui Nguyen, a communications specialist and former television reporter, hopes to fill if elected to the Vacaville Unified School District school board.
Nguyen immigrated to the United States from Saigon, Vietnam in 1975 seeking educational and career opportunities for her and her siblings in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. She was part of the first wave of people migrating on boats from the war-torn nation in search of sanctuary and success.
Source: Communications specialist and former reporter runs for Vacaville Unified school board – The Vacaville Reporter
By Zachary Cimaglio
One needs to look only as far back as a year or two, when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its peak, to see the kinds of unprecedented needs that the Vacaville Unified School District has had to rapidly adapt to.
This kind of versatility and understanding of the community is what school board candidate Nancy Dunn said she hopes to bring to the table in her campaign this year.
Should she win the election, Dunn said she hopes to make schools safer, more welcoming and more attractive for new hires who will be more likely to stay long term and make decisions based on the needs of their specific school.
Source: Vacaville Unified school board candidate hopes to bring years of leadership to the district – The Vacaville Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
Vacaville Unified School District’s improvement project for the longtime campus at 100 McClellan St. is moving along, but unforeseen circumstances during the project’s construction have resulted in a request to amend the funding amount.
The school board will consider a contract amendment to increase unforeseen conditions allowance and supplement the owner-requested changes allowance at Thursday’s meeting.
At its May 13 meeting, the board approved a contract with F&H Construction out of Lodi for improvements to the Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy campus to the tune of $12.6 million, approximately $1.45 million below the construction cost budget. Additional roofing work was removed before the project went out to bid because it would have taken VUSD over its budget on the day of the bid, per a staff report by Daniel Banowetz, VUSD’s chief facilities, maintenance and operations officer.
Source: Vacaville school board to consider changes to McClellan Street remodel – The Vacaville Reporter