By John Glidden
After 18 months of trying, Vallejo school board Trustee Burky Worel will get his wish, as the two most important agencies in the city of Vallejo are scheduled to host a joint meeting.
The Vallejo City Council and Vallejo City Unified School District Governing Board will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 26, at the Vallejo High Annex, Professional Development Center, 1347 Amador St.
The meeting will feature discussions about school resource officers, traffic issues around schools, mobile food vendors and enforcement issues, and first time homebuyer program for teachers.
Each topic has a 15-minute time limit, according to the agenda.
The Vallejo City Clerk’s Office confirmed there are no prepared staff reports for the four items.
Source: Joint meeting between Vallejo City Council and school board planned
By Richard Bammer
A Vacaville Unified transportation leader will meet today with district officials at the Educational Services Center to continue planning in detail bus schedules that will align with the district’s new start times for the 2017-18 school year.
The planned meeting was announced last week during a district governing board meeting, when transportation supervisor Jodie Peters presented an overview of her department’s current services, staffing levels, budget, and fleet status, among other things.
Department services range from busing special needs students to and from school, from home to therapy (as needed), busing school-choice students, providing transportation for athletic and activity trips, and busing students who participate in the Early College High School program.
Source: Vacaville Unified bus transportation budget tops $2.3 million – The Reporter
By Richard Bammer
Updates on ACE and Buckingham High, two charter schools, and revisions to their charters, an update on the district’s transportation department, and the likely approval of a $300,000 Measure A contract are on the agenda when Vacaville Unified leaders meet tonight.
Kim Forrest, director of instruction, curriculum and assessment, will lead the charter schools update discussion, with the participation of ACE principal Jennifer Buzolich and Buckingham Principal Mike Boles.
She will ask them a pointed question, in keeping with state charter school law and the Education Code, the ways and means for how they will achieve a racial and ethnic balance that reflects the district to which they are aligned, Vacaville Unified.
Source: Updates on charter schools, transportation, a large Measure A contract on Vacaville Unified agenda
The Solano County Safe Routes to School (SR2S) Program team welcomes students back to school and is excited to work again with schools across Solano County.
During the 2015-16 school year, 58 schools and 17,000 students took part in the program. The goal of the SR2S program is simply to increase the number of students walking and bicycling to school. The program works with schools to teach students how to walk and ride in a safe manner, slow traffic near schools and reduce congestion and air pollution in school drop-off zones. And these efforts help to increase and promote physical activity for students before and after school.
“I am proud of the positive impact Solano’s SR2S program has in our communities since it began in 2008,” said Rio Vista Mayor and Solano Transportation Authority Board Chair Norman Richardson. “Every school district takes part in the program — I hope we can get every school to join in for our kids’ safety and health.”
Source: Keep students safe and healthy with Safe Routes to School
By Jessica Rogness
After it was closed in full for 14 months, Peabody Road reopened with fanfare Thursday night with more than 200 people gathering to walk across the new road bridge.
Leading the way was the Vanden High School Drum Line, which marched across the new stretch of Peabody Road after Fairfield Mayor Harry Price cut the ribbon.People were posing for selfies to show they were standing on the new bridge.
Source: New Peabody Road bridge opens to traffic
By Jessica Rogness
Peabody Road will reopen next month as planned.
The new Peabody overpass, part of the Fairfield-Vacaville Train Station Project, will be opened Aug. 4, 10 days ahead of a previously announced opening date.
Crews are beating a critical milestone of Aug. 14 to reopen the road after it has been closed for 14 months since June 2015.
“Making that milestone was absolutely critical,” said Ryan Panganiban, Fairfield associate civil engineer.
A grand re-opening ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 4. near the corner of Peabody and Vanden roads.
“We will be opening the road that night,” Panganiban said.
Source: Peabody Road to reopen on time
By Daily Republic Staff
A video posted on the city of Fairfield’s Facebook page says Peabody Road will be reopened at 6 p.m. Aug. 4.The video features Ryan Panganiban, a project engineer from the city, inviting people to come by and thanking motorists for their patience during the project.
Source: Video announces Peabody Road reopening date
By Ian Thompson
It’s back to the drawing board for a Safe Routes to School project planned for Driftwood Drive on the north side of Crystal Middle School.
The Suisun City Council backed the city staff recommendation Tuesday with a unanimous vote to reject the two bids for the project, the lowest of which was almost $100,000 higher than the project’s $575,500 construction budget.
Suisun’s Public Works Department had hoped to see work start by summer so that construction would not affect Crystal Middle School, but now the city will have to adjust the project’s size and when it will start.
Source: Bids for Driftwood Drive safe routes to school project rejected
By Richard Bammer
They were probably thinking more about getting to class on time rather than the commendable theme of National Bike To School Day: “Think outside the car.”
Cambridge Elementary sixth-graders Kelsey Wall, riding a pinkish bicycle, and Alexus Sorenson, using a silvery metal scooter, both wearing safety helmets, pedaled and pushed their way to school early Wednesday, when the special day was observed at the Cambridge Drive campus, elsewhere in Solano County and across state and nation.
Source: At Cambridge Elementary, students, families ‘think outside the car’
By Richard Bammer
The Solano Transportation Authority encourages Solano County elementary and middle school to join National Bike To School Day Wednesday.
As part of National Bike Month in May, this one-day event, supported locally by the Solano Safe Routes to School program, encourages students and families to “think outside the car” by biking to school instead of getting in a car, Jayne Bauer, marketing and legislative program manager for the Suisun City-based authority, wrote in a prepared statement.
Rio Vista Mayor Norm Richardson, chairman of the authority’s board, added: “Biking to school is a healthy and fun way to start the day and also helps reduce traffic around schools and air pollution emissions. Studies show that physically active kids learn better and are more likely to become healthy adults. These are all great reasons to put your foot on the bike pedal instead of the car pedal!”
Source: National Bike To School Day set for Wednesday
By Mayrene Bates
Just in case some of us may have forgotten, Tuesday was California School Bus Driver’s Day. I am a huge cheerleader for school bus drivers and each year try to make it a top priority to ride, at least, one of the routes – usually out of town.
I always return enthused, as I get to meet a new driver or renew an acquaintance with a driver who I’ve ridden with before like Eliane Medina. I also get to meet the children, of course, as well as greet parents who meet the bus to see their children off to school.
This School Bus Driver’s Day I was excited about taking the bus at 7 a.m. from the Solano County Office of Education’s transportation yard on Clay Bank Road and head out to schools in Fairfield and Green Valley with driver Medina. By the time we returned to the yard, it was time to join everyone for a mouth-watering barbecue to honor theses special heroes of the road.
Source: School bus drivers vital link to home, school
By Ian Thompson
Construction of the Green Valley Road overcrossing above Interstate 80 is nearing completion and the state Department of Transportation announced several changes to traffic patterns to allow construction crews to continue work.
Northbound traffic on the Green Valley Road overcrossing above westbound and eastbound I-80 will be routed starting Friday onto the new overcrossing. Southbound traffic will continue to use the existing lanes on the existing overcrossing.
The temporary configuration will allow crews to continue work on new approach lanes and prepare for demolition of the old overcrossing. This configuration will be in place for about six weeks until the new overcrossing is opened northbound and southbound.
Source: State announces traffic changes to Green Valley Road overcrossing
Open letter to Jodie Peters, transportation supervisor, Vacaville Unified School District:
My name is Robert Pflueger, my son Robert Pflueger II, a kindergartener at Cooper Elementary school is part of the School Choice program making the choice to attend Cooper instead of Padan.
I am writing you today in regards to the situation that my family has been going through this year and our ability to choose the best public school for our children. I found out that Padan Elementary was a school that enabled me as a parent to make the choice of where my child attended public school, and was even more pleased to learn that Cooper was one of the choices available to me.
Source: Letter: Thanks to VUSD transportation for your help
By Ryan McCarthy
Rain isn’t slowing progress on the Fairfield-Vacaville Train Station, the city says of the largest public works project in its history.
The station and Peabody Road overpass work are on track and on time, with Peabody Road expected to reopen in August by the start of the 2016-17 school year, the city said in a statement posted Thursday on Fairfield’s website.
Public Works Director George Hicks said in an interview that Capitol Corridor train officials want to make sure the train station has parking to meet growing ridership on the Capitol Corridor.
via Fairfield train station, Peabody Road work on track, city says.
By Daily Republic Staff
Children who attend elementary and middle schools in Solano County are being asked to “think outside the car” and design a poster to encourage their classmates to walk, bike or ride a scooter to school instead of getting to school by car.
The poster contest is sponsored by the Solano Safe Routes to School program and is open to children from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade within the county.
via Poster contest asks Solano children to ‘think outside the car’.
Solano County elementary and middle school students are being asked to “think outside the car” and design a poster to encourage their classmates to walk, bike or ride a scooter to school instead of getting to school by car. The poster should show proper use of traffic safety laws, such as wearing a bike helmet, crossing the street in a crosswalk, or riding a bike with the flow of traffic.
The poster contest is sponsored by the Solano Safe Routes to School program and is open to Solano County students from transitional kindergarten to 8th grade. The First Place winner will receive a bike and bike helmet and the Runner Up winner will receive a $100 gift certificate.
Prizes will be awarded in each of the following grade categories: TK-2nd, 3rd-5th and 6th-8th.
via Safe Routes to School ‘Think Outside the Car’ poster entries now accepted.
By Richard Bammer
Priorities and considerations for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 budgets, a contract to build a cost-savings solar panel parking structure and buy the generated power, and Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified board members meet tonight.
Among this year’s budget priorities are a 3.25 percent pay raise for all employee groups, except teachers; restoration of athletics transportation; adding science classrooms at the Fairfield Public Safety Academy; adding counseling and psychology services, and bilingual and communication outreach.
Already included in the district’s multiyear financial projections are nearly $400,000 in release time for teachers; nearly the same amount to hire a principal and support staff for the new Dover Academy for International Studies; nearly $250,000 to pay for a principal and support staff at Mary Bird Early Education Center; and nearly $200,000 to hire a new assistant principal and registrar at the Safety Academy.
via Details of budgets await Fairfield-Suisun district leaders tonight.
By Kevin W. Green
The Solano Safe Routes to School program has been awarded a $3 million grant by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission under the 2015 regional allocation of the Active Transportation Program.
Solano Transportation Authority’s Safe Route to School program, known as SR2S, will receive funding for infrastructure improvements at seven schools in Benicia and Vallejo, while providing education and outreach to 26 schools throughout Benicia, Rio Vista and Vallejo, according to a Solano Transportation Authority press release.
via Solano Safe Routes to School program gets $3M boost.
By Ryan Chalk
Walk, run or roll, hundreds of children across Vacaville participated in an international movement Wednesday aimed at getting more kids out of cars and on their feet each day.
International Walk to School Day is as much about promoting healthy activities for kids as it is about making everyday routes to school safer for children and adults. At least eight Vacaville elementary schools participated this year.
via Annual Walk to School Day a success in Vacaville.
By Ryan McCarthy
Kevin McNamara first heard about International Walk to School Day three years ago when listening to Vacaville-based radio station KUIC.
The P.E. teacher at Green Valley Middle School in Fairfield started the event for students at Green Valley days after hearing the broadcast – and hasn’t stopped.
“Since then I’ve done it every year,” McNamara said.
He stood Wednesday in the gym at the school and spoke about how students walking to school can provide the freedom and independence that youths in middle school seek.
via Fairfield-Suisun schools mark Walk to School Day.