Vanden students get visit from Army medical commander – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Vanden High School’s location just 2 miles from Travis Air Force Base and within a district largely comprised of military families means it is far from uncommon for students to consider military careers after graduation.

As medical science and Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) students learned Monday, there are many jobs available, even for those who are just looking into the medical field. That lesson came courtesy of Maj. Gen. Michael Talley, commanding general and commandant of the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence in San Antonio — and a former Vanden student himself.

Talley talked to students in the school’s library about his time at Vanden, the path that took him to his current role and the different types of medical jobs available within the military.

Source: Vanden students get visit from Army medical commander – The Vacaville Reporter

Former Vanden High student-turned-general tells students, ‘Go Army!’ – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Vanden High senior Marissa Jelardi was thinking about joining the Air Force after graduation, but after listening to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael J. Talley on Monday, she may see her career path looking a bit more green.

Jelardi, a Vacaville resident, said she has been interested in becoming an emergency technician of some kind since she was in middle school writing about her future. Maybe that was because her stepmother was an EMT, turned dispatcher, but whatever the spark, she likes the idea of being directly involved in emergency response.

Going to school so close to Travis certainly made the possibility of being an Air Force medic an option.

Source: Former Vanden High student-turned-general tells students, ‘Go Army!’

School board OKs Travis district’s updated financial report – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis School District is holding its own financially amid declining enrollment projections, trustees were told this week in an update on the district’s budget.

Chief Business Officer Gabe Moulaison on Tuesday presented the school board with the 2022-23 First Interim Report and budget projections for the current school year.

The data was from July 1 through Oct. 31 with updates due to changes that were made after the Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 185, the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill that sets statewide school spending for the year.

Source: School board OKs Travis district’s updated financial report

Travis trustees hear update on finances of special tax districts – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Travis School District trustees heard an update Tuesday on two special tax districts that between them hold nearly $10 million in taxpayer money.

Chief Business Officer Gabe Moulaison gave the presentation on the Community Facilities Districts No. 1 and No. 2 Special Tax Annual Reports.

There are 1,775 residential parcels for which a building permit has been issued as of June 1 for Community Facilities District No. 1, according to the report.

Source: Travis trustees hear update on finances of special tax districts

Travis trustees approve updated First Interim Report – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Travis Unified Chief Business Officer Gabe Moulaison on Tuesday presented the district board the 2022-23 First Interim Report and budget projections for the coming year.

The data was from July through Octo. 31 with updates due to changes that were made after the Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 185, the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill.“We aren’t seeing a ton of changes,” said Moulaison.

Source: Travis trustees approve updated First Interim Report

Unofficial Solano election results are in; more to come – 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

Travis hears update on Special Tax Annual Reports – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Chief Business Officer Gabe Moulaison gave a presentation to the Travis school board on Tuesday night on the Community Facilities Districts No. 1 and No. 2 Special Tax Annual Reports.

According to the report, there are 1,775 residential parcels for which a building permit has been issued as of June 1 for Community Facilities District No. 1.

The total annual special tax to be collected within CFD No. 1 for the fiscal year 2022-23 is $1.051 million.

Source: Travis hears update on Special Tax Annual Reports

Schools election picture coming into focus after Day 2 of count – Daily Republic

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

Vallejo native Rear Adm. Dollaga visits Mare Island, Vanden High – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Navy Rear Admiral Leonard “Butch” Dollaga on Wednesday took a tour of the Mare Island shipyard, and visited some Junior ROTC students at Vanden High School.

Dollaga, chief of Legislative Affairs for the Navy, grew up in Vallejo and graduated from Hogan High School.

“The more you interface with your people, the more you train them, the more effective they will be. Just trust those people,” Dollaga told the nearly two dozen cadets of the Vanden Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training program.

Source: Vallejo native Rear Adm. Dollaga visits Mare Island, Vanden High

Vanden students prep to open award-winning ‘Hard Candy’ – Daily Republic

Drama students at Vanden High School are busy setting the stage for a one-act play early next month that offers audiences a pair of separate short performances.

“Hard Candy” is a one-act comedy about people interviewing for a job who are willing to do anything – bribery, nepotism, blackmail, seduction and even an attempt at mind control – to get to the top of the corporate ladder.

Vanden drama teacher Jerald Bolden said students in the Drama 1 and Drama 2 classes will also present two other short stories.

Source: Vanden students prep to open award-winning ‘Hard Candy’

Travis trustees OK 6.7% raise for teachers, most staff – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

A new state law to change the start times for schools starting this academic year served as cover for 6.7% raises for most of the Travis School District’s workforce.

The district and its teachers union came to an agreement Sept. 30.

Trustees on Tuesday approved a memorandum or understanding with the Travis Unified Teachers Association.

The agreement stems from Senate Bill 328, which changed the start times for schools by 15 minutes. The teachers union requested a renegotiation of salaries because of the additional time teachers would need to be at school.

Source: Travis trustees OK 6.7% raise for teachers, most staff

Travis board denies request to add slain student’s name to Vanden High’s Gammon Field – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Daniel Hughes’ name will not be added to Gammon Field at Vanden High School.

The decision was made Tuesday by the Travis School District governing board and follows the recommendation of a committee established to review the request.

Daniel Dejon Hughes, 17, was a junior at Vanden High when he was shot on Easter Sunday in 2021 and died 14 days later on April 18, 2021. The criminal case against the suspected shooter is making its way through the courts.

Source: Travis board denies request to add slain student’s name to Vanden High’s Gammon Field

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

Toys for Tots coordinator tells school children Santa needs help – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Kindergartners at Scandia Elementary School on Travis Air Force Base this week were told Santa needs community helpers to deliver all his Christmas promises.

“I talked to the kids about how Santa can only give out so many presents to every child in the world and how it’s up to parents to get presents for their kids as well, to help out Santa. I explained that some families may need a little help getting presents for their kids and that’s where Toys for Tots steps in,” said Staff Sgt. Salvatore Rizzo, the 2022 Solano County Toys for Tots coordinator.

Source: Toys for Tots coordinator tells school children Santa needs help

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

Travis School District seeks 1 person to flesh out board prior to election – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis School District is looking for someone to represent Trustee Area 1 and Travis Air Force Base – and seeks to file the vacancy soon.

Three seats on the board were set for election as part of the Nov. 8 general election. No candidate filed for the Trustee Area 1 seat.

Since the deadline for candidates to file for this election has passed, this means there is a “failure to elect” a trustee to this seat, resulting in a vacancy, Superintendent Pam Conklin reports.

Source: Travis School District seeks 1 person to flesh out board prior to election

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

Travis schools start fresh with social wellness a core objective – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

August brings with it the end of summer for many, and the beginning of the school year.

Gavin Rakin, 13, of Vacaville, on Thursday was starting his second year at Golden West Middle School.

“I am looking forward to meeting new people,” he said. “Last year, I wasn’t here very long, so I didn’t really meet a lot of people.”He likes math and is pretty excited to jump into algebra.

Source: Travis schools start fresh with social wellness a core objective