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

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

Officials unveil plans for new Kairos learning center, campus – The Vacaville Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Dozens gathered at Nashe Mesta Park in Vacaville’s Brighton Landing neighborhood Friday to enjoy food, fun and celebrate progress of Kairos Public Schools’ school expansion.

As students scampered around the playground during the Kairos Innovative Scholars Program annual picnic, parents and education officials perused renderings of two phases of the planned Kairos campus. It will be located just beyond the park, on 11 acres owned by the school.

Jared Austin, Kairos co-founder and executive director, detailed the soon-to-be 11,000 square foot learning center complete with ample bells and whistles.

Source: Officials unveil plans for new Kairos learning center, campus – The Vacaville Reporter

Fairfield boutique shop moving into old Gomer School – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The past four years have been a period of nonstop growth for boutique store Farmer’s Closet, which has evolved from an online store to a mobile business to a pair of brick-and-mortar stores in Fairfield and Winters.

And the growth does not stop. Next week, Farmer’s Closet will be moving its Fairfield location into the old Gomer School building in Suisun Valley.

Business co-owner Amber Blanc said that she and her sister, Lacy DeQuattro, had more inventory than their Fairfield Corners shop could accommodate.

“We developed an app last January, so we ship all over the U.S. and Canada,” she said. “The space at Oliver Road we’ve been at for the last four years, we’ve just kind of outgrown it.”

Source: Fairfield boutique shop moving into old Gomer School – The Reporter

Beloved Vacaville custodian keeps elementary school COVID safe | abc10.com

By John Bartell

The people who make Northern California Strong are those who inspire us and make our communities a great place to live. ABC10 wants to highlight their strength by recognizing what they do. This week we want to introduce you to Mick Simpson, a custodian at Alamo Elementary in Vacaville.

He’s a man of many faces and the star of Alamo Elementary School’s morning video announcements. When he’s not playing “Captain Underpants” or the “Crazy Cat Lady”, Mick Simpson is the Vacaville Unified School District’s self-proclaimed COVID Buster.

Source: Beloved Vacaville custodian keeps elementary school COVID safe | abc10.com

FSUSD Prepares for Summer Maintenance Projects – Daily Republic

By Kris Corey

Every summer, the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s (FSUSD) Maintenance Department oversees several large maintenance projects, and this practice will continue for summer 2021. The necessary repairs are above the threshold that the Maintenance Department is allowed to self-perform according to California Public Contract Code. As a result, bids are released for contractors to perform the required work. Projects for summer 2021, include HVAC replacement at one site, roof replacement at four sites, asphalt work at nine sites, exterior painting at three sites, and gym bleacher service at all high schools and middle schools. The estimate for all the projects is $2.2M. Any remaining funds will go toward tree removal, flooring repair, and cafeteria table replacements.

Source: Press Release: FSUSD Prepares for Summer Maintenance Projects

Solano to buy old school site to secure Cordelia fire station location – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

The Solano County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to purchase the former Falls Elementary School site in order to protect the Cordelia Fire Protection District Station No. 29 that is located on the property.

“It really was to look at future fire protection services . . . and response is critical,” Supervisor Jim Spering said about why he brought the issue to the county administration and now the board. “This location is absolutely critical.”

The county agreed to pay the Fairfield-Suisun School District $550,000, plus administrative fees and estimated closing costs, to buy 10 acres located at 1624 and 1634 Rockville Road in rural Fairfield.

Source: Solano to buy old school site to secure Cordelia fire station location

John Knight Middle School students  get glimpse at new campus – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Usually, students receiving their novels during the spring semester is nothing more ceremonial than a teacher passing out copies in class. For students at John Knight Middle School in Dixon, it was an opportunity to set foot on campus after a long period of distance learning.

And it was not just any campus they set foot on but one that had not been occupied by students since before most of the current Knight student body had been born.

On Wednesday, the school hosted a spring novel pickup, where students could come by to obtain novels, textbooks and supplies for the next semester. It marked the first student event at 455 East A St. since the relocation of Dixon High School in 2007. The newly rebranded John Knight Middle School, previously known as CA Jacobs Middle School, was scheduled to open at the old high school campus in the fall of 2020, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a delay in the final stages of renovation pushed Knight’s opening back to January.

Source: John Knight Middle School students pick up books, get glimpse at new campus – The Reporter

Solano County plans to purchase old Falls School site – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Solano County supervisors announced the county’s intent Tuesday to purchase the former Falls School site.

The county announced it will pay the Fairfield-Suisun School District $550,000, plus half of the closing costs, to purchase the property at 1624 and 1634 Rockville Road.

A public hearing on the matter is set for March 2.

The school closed in 1998.

The county did not indicate what its plans are for the property, and when asked what those plans are, the email response was ambiguous at best.

Source: Solano County plans to purchase old Falls School site

School district completes $5.1M in projects at Mary Bird campus – Daily Republic

More than $5 million in work to upgrade the Fairfield-Suisun School District’s designated preschool center has been completed, the district has announced.

Mary Bird Early Childhood Education Center has, since it opened in 2016, served as what district officials describe as a model preschool program to districts across the state and has received recognition and awards for how it serves children ages 3 to 5 years old.

Three classrooms were added to the site, in addition to other projects.

Source: School district completes $5.1M in projects at Mary Bird campus

FSUSD Completes Project at Mary Bird Early Childhood Education Center – Daily Republic

By Kris Corey

January 21, 2021 – Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) has recently completed a construction project at Mary Bird Early Childhood Education Center. Since opening in 2016, the school has served as a model preschool program to districts across the state, and has received recognitions and awards for successfully serving children ages three to five years old. Now, Mary Bird has three new, spacious 1,250 square feet classrooms, each with a student restroom, three hand-washing sinks, built-in storage, and solar tubes (alternative skylights) to allow for more natural daylight. This brings the school’s total to ten classrooms, each designed to meet the specific needs of a preschool program. Adjacent to the classrooms is a new 1,953 square feet main office as the previous location was inadequately sized to serve as the main office and enrollment center for all State Preschool sites across the District. In addition, the site received a new parking lot and an expanded kitchen. The expanded parking will allow the parents and numerous staff serving the District’s youngest students adequate space to park and safely access the campus.

Source: Press Release: FSUSD Completes Project at Mary Bird Early Childhood Education Center Receives New Classrooms and Main Office

FSUSD Completes Measure J Project at Fairview Elementary School – Daily Republic

By Kris Corey

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) has recently completed a two-year construction project at Fairview Elementary, one of the oldest campuses in the District. The K-5 school received a new 12,096 square foot administration and kindergarten complex with five kindergarten classrooms and play area. The new 5,055 square foot library, previously housed in a portable, includes an innovation lab with a large roll-up door to incorporate outdoor learning experiences. All twenty-three classrooms of the original school built in 1954 were modernized and the offices reconfigured to allow ample working space for staff. Other improvements include modernized and expanded kitchen, new play equipment, new shade structures, an expanded parking lot, and a refurbished play field.

Source: Press Release: FSUSD Completes Measure J Project at Fairview Elementary School

FSUSD breaks ground for $6M performing arts building at Oakbrook Academy – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The value of the arts, which supports creative and critical thinking skills so highly prized in a 21st-century economy, is getting more than symbolic due in Fairfield-Suisun Unified.

The district, the county’s largest with some 22,000 students across 30 campuses, recently broke ground on a $6 million performing arts building at Oakbrook Academy of the Arts in Fairfield. When completed in August, the structure is projected to enhance the TK-8 school’s mission of commingling core academic subjects with a wide array of arts offerings, from the visual arts and dance to music and theater.

The news comes 11 months after state schools chief Tony Thurmond cited the Oakbrook Drive school for its “exemplary arts education,” one of 13 California schools that demonstrated a high level of arts education programs and practices as it transformed into an arts academy. The academy also was a 2020 recipient of the distinguished California School Boards Association Golden Bell Award, given to creative programs and meet the needs of a diverse population of students.

Source: FSUSD breaks ground for $6M performing arts building at Oakbrook Academy – The Reporter