Committee recommends against renaming Vanden football facility – Daily Republic

The committee that reviewed a proposed renaming of the Vanden High School Gammon Field to “The Daniel Dejon Hughes Stadium at Gammon Field” in tribute to slain Vanden student Daniel Dejon Hughes has made a recommendation to decline the proposal.

The Travis School District board of trustees on Tuesday night will hear the full report from the committee meeting from Oct. 3 in a report given by Superintendent Pam Conklin.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at 2751 De Ronde Drive, Fairfield.

Source: Committee recommends against renaming Vanden football facility

Committee allows voices to be heard on Vanden stadium name proposal – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Dejon Daniel Hughes spoke again Monday about his wish to see his son, Daniel Hughes, memorialized with a renaming or addition of the name of his son to the sign on the Vanden High School stadium.

This time it was different because he was speaking to a committee created for the sole purpose of making that decision.

Daniel Hughes died after being shot in April 2021. His family has wished to create a legacy for him by having his name included at the stadium where he had such great times with friends and family.

Source: Committee allows voices – pro and con – to be heard on Vanden stadium name proposal

TUSD committee to consider naming Vanden stadium after slain student – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Will the Vanden High stadium be named for a well-known student-athlete who was shot on Easter 2021 and died two weeks later?

A committee convened to consider naming the stadium in memory of Daniel Hughes, 17, will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Travis Education Center, 2775 De Ronde Drive, Fairfield.

The Naming of the Facility Committee, as it is being called, will hear Dejon Hughes, Daniel’s father, and supporters of the idea argue that the idea should be presented to the Travis Unified governing board for consideration and possibly a vote.

Source: TUSD committee to consider naming Vanden stadium after slain student – The Vacaville Reporter

TUSD committee to consider naming Vanden stadium after slain student – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Will the Vanden High stadium be named for a well-known student-athlete who was shot on Easter 2021 and died two weeks later?

A committee convened to consider naming the stadium in memory of Daniel Hughes, 17, will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Travis Education Center, 2775 De Ronde Drive, Fairfield.

The Naming of the Facility Committee, as it is being called, will hear Dejon Hughes, Daniel’s father, and supporters of the idea argue that the idea should be presented to the Travis Unified governing board for consideration and possibly a vote.

Source: TUSD committee to consider naming Vanden stadium after slain student – The Vacaville Reporter

Markham Elementary heralds completion of Measure A projects – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Edwin Markham Elementary School has changed quite a bit in the last few years. The 60-year-old campus now has new classrooms, a new cafeteria, administration building and library, all due to $35 million from Vacaville Unified School District’s Measure A bond.

The project, one of the largest under the Measure A initiative, was finished amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but with restrictions lifted and people allowed to meet fully in person, a brief ceremony was held Friday morning to commemorate the completion.

Against a backdrop of black and turquoise balloons and with wolf mascot Edwin pumping up the crowd, Principal Jose Bermudez welcomed everyone to “the new and improved Markham.”

Source: Markham Elementary heralds completion of Measure A projects – The Vacaville Reporter

Travis School District reaps benefit of fees charged to developers – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Account helps pay for portable classroom rentals at various sites

Developers working within the bounds of the Travis School District in Fairfield and Vacaville are paying significantly more to the school district now than they were at the start of 2022.

Fees charged to residential developers are nearly 11.2% more while fees charged to commercial developers are up nearly 18.2%.

The boost in the fees, charged per square foot for both residential and commercial development, helped the district absorb a one-time debt payment of $5.29 million while maintaining the integrity of the account that’s designated for the developer fees.

Source: Travis School District reaps benefit of fees charged to developers

Fairfield-Suisun trustees get overview of Measure J projects, eye future funding – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees heard an overview Thursday of Measure J projects that have been completed and the final projects that need to be completed in coming years.

Measure J, a $249 million general obligation bond that’s being repaid through property tax assessments, was approved by voters June 7, 2016, with the third and final bond sale occurring Feb. 20, 2020. The presentation comes at a time when the school board is placing another property tax measure to finance future projects on the November ballot.

The Measure J projects started with the replacement of the synthetic tracks and fields in the stadiums at all three comprehensive high schools in 2016. The district has completed several projects and is in design for most of the final projects of the bond program.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun trustees get overview of Measure J projects, eye future funding

Fairfield-Suisun trustees to hear updates on school bond projects, other programs – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees will hear several presentations at their next meeting Thursday, to include an update on Measure J projects as the district seeks approval of another property tax measure to finance future projects.

Measure J, a $249 million general obligation bond that’s being repaid through property tax assessments, was approved by voters June 7, 2016, with the third and final bond sale occurring Feb. 20, 2020.

Construction started with the replacement of the synthetic track and fields in the stadiums at all three comprehensive high schools in 2016. The district has completed several projects and is in design for most of the final projects of the bond program.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun trustees to hear updates on school bond projects, other programs

Fairfield HS to get performing arts center, renovated kitchens & repairs for athletic fields

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District reopened its classrooms Wednesday to welcome students back to school.

Students who were arriving at Fairfield High School walked up to the sounds of construction for a new performing arts center on campus.

According to district officials, the new center is meant for the entire community to enjoy.

Source: Fairfield HS to get performing arts center, renovated kitchens & repairs for athletic fields

Fairfield-Suisun school district using Measure J dollars as intended – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The executive director of the Measure J oversight committee told the Fairfield-Suisun school board this week that proceeds from the bond have only been used for the purposes in the ballot measure.

Paul Speed, executive director of Facilities and Operations on the Measure J Citizens’ Oversight Committee, presented the committee’s 2021 report during a quick meeting of the board on Thursday.

The committee also concluded that the bond proceeds have been maximized, Speed said.

Source: Report: Fairfield-Suisun school district using Measure J dollars as intended

Final phase of Measure A projects moving along – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

When Vacaville Unified School District students return for classes Aug. 18, many will be returning to campuses that did not look the same as they did in the spring.

These include upgraded technology in the classrooms, new rooms and — in the case of Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy — a completely remodeled campus.

All of this is a result of Measure A, a $194 million bond approved by Vacaville voters in 2014 for educational improvements at VUSD sites. Among the larger projects completed so far are a pair of new two-story buildings at Vacaville High School, a new stadium at Will C. Wood High School, modernization of Willis Jepson Middle School’s campus and increased technology availability at all sites.

Source: Final phase of Measure A projects moving along – The Vacaville Reporter

Fairfield school board OKs $249.6M facilities bond for November ballot – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

A divided school board this week voted 6-1 to place a quarter of a billion dollar bond on the Nov. 8 ballot to provide what the Fairfield-Suisun School District describes as facilities improvements.

Trustee Ana Petero voted against the plan.

Superintendent Kris Corey said the bond will not increase taxes for the community. Instead, it will extend the terms of the combined Measures C and J bonds. By extending the terms and not increasing the tax rate, she said, the community will generate $249.6 million to use for school facilities projects.

Source: Fairfield school board OKs $249.6M facilities bond for November ballot

Fairfield-Suisun board approves nearly $2.3M in school project bids – Daily Republic

The Fairfield-Suisun School District board last week accepted bids totaling more than $2.29 million for a variety of campus improvement projects.

That included a $1.1 million bid awarded to JPB Designs Inc. of Sacramento to install shade structures at the H. Glenn Richardson Education Complex, the Matt Garcia Career and College Academy and at Armijo High School.

The Armijo project connects the structure to the school’s Career Technical Education program by providing outdoor classroom space next to the welding classroom, the district reported.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun board approves nearly $2.3M in school project bids

Play equipment being replaced throughout Fairfield-Suisun School District – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Fairfield-Suisun School District is working to complete playground equipment replacement at all of its schools.

Several parents and children were upset to see the old equipment scheduled for removal at the Tolenas Academy of Music in Fairfield and came to the school board meeting Thursday to discuss it.

Darren Maniloft came to the meeting on behalf of his son, DJ Maniloft, who is in first grade at the Tolenas. He said his son wishes the school wouldn’t tear down his friend’s playground.

Source: Play equipment being replaced throughout Fairfield-Suisun School District

Campus improvements considered by Fairfield-Suisun school trustees – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Fairfield-Suisun school board on Thursday will consider bids for the exterior painting at Suisun Elementary and H. Glenn Richardson schools as part of a number of campus improvement projects.

The board also will consider bids for the relocation of the playground at Mary Bird to prepare the site for a new classroom and kitchen building currently in design, the board documents states.

The district has solicited bids for the installation of a shade structure at H. Glenn Richardson and Matt Garcia Career & College Academy and two shade structures at Armijo High School.

Source: Campus improvements considered by Fairfield-Suisun school trustees

3 Fairfield-Suisun schools in line for new names as programs shift sites – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Three schools in the Fairfield-Suisun School District are getting new names for the coming school year based on reconfigurations at each of the campuses.

The school board on Thursday will consider changing the names of B. Gale Wilson School Elementary School, the Dover Academy of International Studies and the Sullivan Learning Academy.

Governing board members on Aug. 12 approved the relocation of the Dual Immersion Program, which serves children in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade, from B. Gale Wilson to the Sullivan campus beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. This relocation will result in B. Gale Wilson only serving sixth- through eighth-graders.

Source: 3 Fairfield-Suisun schools in line for new names as programs shift sites

Vallejo school board to sell unused little league fields to home builder for $8M – Vallejo Sun

During a public auction last month, the Vallejo school board agreed to sell four unused little league fields to a residential developer for $8.2 million.

The little league fields are one of two properties the school board sought to sell after opening bidding during its Feb. 16 meeting.

The highest bid came from KB Home North Bay, LLC, which offered nearly $4 million more than the district’s asking price of $4.8 million for the 17.71 acres of land located along Rollingwood Drive and Benicia Road. The fields were once home for East Vallejo Little League baseball.

Source: Vallejo school board to sell unused little league fields to home builder for $8M

Vacaville school board to consider changes to McClellan Street remodel – 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

School board selects next facilities project manager – Daily Republic

The Fairfield-Suisun School District’s governing board voted unanimously Thursday to affirm the appointment of Marina Romero as the district’s facilities project manager.

Romero for the past six years held the position of energy manager in the district. She managed the implementation of the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) projects, leading to multiple energy savings measures for the district that include:

• Installation of energy-efficient interior and exterior lighting projects at 19 sites.
• Lighting control upgrades at 13 sites.
• Replacement of Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning units at three sites.
• Installation of photovoltaic structures (solar panels) at five sites
• Deferred maintenance project bids and contracts to improve energy efficiency

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