By Daily Republic Staff
The Travis School District plans to offer an expanded home-based independent study program in the 2020-21 school year that will allow children and teens from kindergarten through 12th grades to learn the curriculum outside of the classroom.
The program will have students work with a credentialed advisory instructor who will help create a plan that reaches state standards, district officials said in a statement. Educational materials will be provided to parents, along with additional support as necessary.
District officials said as restrictions on gatherings are lifted, families will be offered optional participation in field trips, parent workshops and other family support activities.
Source: Travis school district to offer expanded independent study
By Bill Hicks
A number of positive developments will need to fall into place before area students can return to campuses after the shutdown of campus activities during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Travis School District trustees took initial steps Tuesday to examine how that process might work, depending on guidelines laid out by state and local health officials.
A presentation before the district’s Board of Trustees outlined five potential possibilities, each considering a different level of population on campuses depending on state guidelines.
Source: Travis trustees approve framework of plans for potential return to campus
By Bill Hicks
Travis School District trustees met Tuesday just a few hours after the final funeral services for George Floyd, who died May 25 in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
His death sparked nearly two full weeks of protests around the world. Those emotions spilled over into the Travis board meeting Tuesday night.
Board President Ivery Hood, one of three African American board members, the others being Trustee Janet Jackson Forbes and Student Board Member Isaish Carter, called for a 4 minute, 46 second period of silence to start the meeting, which represented the period of time in a video depicting Floyd’s fatal encounter with the Minneapolis police where Floyd stopped moving.
Source: Travis School Board honors George Floyd, decries racism
By Todd R. Hansen
A public hearing on facility needs for the Travis School District and a proposed Level 2 fee on new residential construction will be conducted Tuesday when the Board of Trustees meet during a virtual session.
Board members also will take public comment on the proposed 2020-21 budget, and will later in the meeting consider adoption of the budget, which also includes financial projections for 2021-22 and 2022-23.
“The Proposed Adopted Budget for 2020-21 demonstrates that the district will be able to meet its financial obligations for (2020-21) with the use of ending fund balance reserves. However, the district will not be able to meet its obligations in the subsequent years without substantial reductions to expenditures,” the budget document states.
Source: Travis school trustees to consider budget, new construction impact fees
The Fairfield Suisun Rotary Club today announced its selections for their 2020 Assist-A-Grad scholarships.Six students received the awards: Sidney Binns (Vanden High School), Eric Cortez (Rodriguez High School), Adamari Delgado Reynaga (Armijo High School), Yenessa Huckom (Fairfield High School), Sierra Lewis (Fairfield High School) and Aurora Markham (Armijo High School).The students were chosen based upon their written applications and oral interviews with members from the Rotary Club.“Our Club has always believed in helping our community’s youth. We believe that they should dream big and continue to even in the middle of a pandemic,” said President Kelly Rhoads Poston.
Source: Press Release: Fairfield Suisun Rotary Club Awards Assist-a-Grad Scholarships
By Daily Republic Staff
Travis School District officials announced various administrative changes Monday to help the district cover an expected budget deficit for the 2020-21 school year.
The changes were announced in a press release from the district and were described as a first step to help close a multimillion-dollar budget gap caused by the current health crisis.
Matt Smith, current superintendent of MIT Academy in Vallejo, will begin July 1 as Director of Student Services at the district office.
Current Director Vince Ruiz will begin as the new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources as a result of the retirement of Clay McAllester.
Source: Travis School District announces staff changes in initial step to close $4M budget gap
By Peter Fournier
The stadium sat empty. The parking lot not anywhere near capacity. Pomp and Circumstance was playing, but graduates weren’t walking toward a stage, they were driving to a station set up on asphalt for photos.
However, what remained at Vanden High School on a sunny and breezy Thursday morning were positive attitudes, excitement and an up-close experience for families as high school for Vikings seniors comes to a celebratory, if somewhat altered, end.
Graduates on Thursday rolled and will continue to roll Friday through the student and staff parking lots to receive their diplomas at the campus located just outside of Travis Air Force Base.
Source: Vanden High begins drive-thru graduation ceremony
By Peter Fournier
The biggest challenge on day two of Vanden High School’s drive-thru graduation ceremony wasn’t keeping the cars full of graduates and their families flowing in the parking lots, but rather battling the wind that was howling through the campus.
Grads were seen trying to keep the caps – which they were allowed to decorate for the first time in school history – on their heads for their graduation pictures, as streamers and balloons blew in the wind.
Source: Vanden High wraps up drive-thru graduation ceremonies
By Joel Rosenbaum
In addition to the familiar notes of “Pomp and Circumstance,” the sounds of engine noise filled the air Friday at Vanden High on the second day of its mobile graduation ceremony celebrating the 380 members of the Class of 2020.
The plans for the unique celebration began several weeks ago. The staff was starting to plan a day for seniors to pick up diplomas when they received ideas from parents and devised a mobile graduation ceremony, according to principal, Kristin Shields.
“It came together over a couple of weeks as we started adding piece by piece (flags, banners, and flowers) to make it as detailed as we could to give each student their time in the spotlight,” Sheilds said Friday as she observed the festivities in the student parking lot on campus.
Source: Coronavirus: Vanden High School salutes the Class of 2020 with unique ceremony – The Reporter
Travis School District board member Adrian Saiz has resigned after being deployed by the U.S. Army, Board Superintendent Pam Conklin announced during Tuesday’s meeting.
Saiz was first appointed to the seat in November 2018. Running unopposed, Saiz was “appointed” to the board seat and resided on Travis Air Force Base.
Source: Travis School Board member resigns after Army deployment
By Peter Fornier
There’s one thing Travis School District officials may miss most at the end of year: their lunch money.
The district’s cafeteria fund was among several discussed during Tuesday night’s virtual school board meeting, which saw a review of the district’s third interim budget report. The report includes projections, as of April 30, for the current school year.
Source: Travis School District cafeteria fund nears zero amid school shutdowns
By Glen Faison
Travis School District trustees on Tuesday will review the state of the district’s various budget categories, some of which show tens of thousands of dollars in red ink and others that improved dramatically over the course of the academic year.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. All board members will attend via teleconference.
Trustees are expected to review the district’s third interim budget report, which shows end-of-the projections of various funds as of April 30. Those projections show increased reductions in various fund balances for the current year and for the next two years, the staff report states.
Source: Travis schools trustees to review budget projections
By Todd R. Hansen
Susana Perez had just been announced as the Classified School Employee of the Year for the Dixon School District when it also was announced that she was the 2020-21 Solano County Classified School Employee of the Year as well.
Perez has been a paraprofessional and bilingual parent liaison for Maine Prairie High School for 18 years.
Source: Dixon schools paraprofessional earns Solano’s top classified employee honor
By Richard Bammer
Most Vacaville area school district leaders say that — for the time being, at least — they are scheduled to reopen classrooms in mid-August, despite Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Tuesday pronouncement about public schools restarting possibly in late July.
“We are paying close attention to Governor Newsom’s comments throughout this pandemic, and making sure we are working with our local partners to ensure we are prepared for any executive order or directive we need to follow,” Vacaville Unified Superintendent Jane Shamieh wrote Thursday in an email to The Reporter.
Shamieh, whose district includes more than 13,000 students enrolled at more than 15 campuses, made no additional comment about Newsom’s proposal, which is not set in stone and caught state schools chief Tony Thurmond by surprise.
Source: Coronavirus: Area education leaders await final decisions on school-reopening dates – The Reporter
By Matt Sieger
The Vanden High School baseball team was two days away from its 19th Annual Hot Stove Dinner fundraiser for the junior varsity and varsity baseball teams. Ed Serpas and Fred Bass were to be inducted into the inaugural Vanden High Baseball Hall of Fame. The team was expecting to serve as many as 500 guests who would pay $40 a ticket at the Sunrise Event Center in Vacaville on March 14.
That day word came down from state government authorities that no gathering should be held of more than 250 people. Around 350 people had already purchased tickets. But the banquet had to be canceled.
Vanden head varsity baseball coach Ryan Adams, who put the event together, consulted with Vanden Athletic Director Matt Bidou. New plans — ticket holders could drive by the school to pick up their dinners or forego their meal and donate it to first responders at the fire stations of Vacaville and Fairfield and to front-line workers at NorthBay Medical Center and Kaiser Vacaville.
Source: Coronavirus: Vanden fundraiser turns into thank you to front-line workers – The Reporter
By Paul Farmer
Joia Armstrong and Rayonni Mack are living examples that good things – in this case basketball players – come in all sizes.
Armstrong is a bruising 6-foot-1 post, who had seven double-doubles last season, while Mack is a pesky and proficient 5-3 guard who was named Monticello Empire League after leading the circuit and finishing fourth in the Sac-Joaquin Section at 5.8 steals per game.
Their high school basketball careers ended the same night with Vanden’s a 58-50 loss to Saint Mary’s of Albany in the Northern California Regional quarterfinals, March 5.
Source: Vanden’s Armstrong, Mack moving on to play basketball at next level
By Matt Sieger
Vacaville native and 2010 Vanden High grad Renae Jackson has come a long way in the water since working at a city of Vacaville pool as a lifeguard at age 17.
Jackson, now 27, was selected last year to represent Team USA in surf kayaking at the World Championships and the Pan American Championships. Both were qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Team USA had to finish in the top six at the World Championships in Hungary last August or No. 1 in the Pan American Championships (which include all Olympic events) this spring in Brazil.
Source: Vanden High grad Renae Jackson looks to 2021 Olympics – The Reporter
By Daily Republic Staff
The Travis School District has canceled its Board of Trustees meeting that was scheduled Tuesday.
The district announced the cancellation Thursday. The next scheduled meeting is slated to take place May 12.
For more information about the Travis district, visit www.travisusd.org.
Source: Travis school district cancels board meeting
All Solano County schools will be closed until at least May 1, Vallejo City Unified School District Superintendent Adam Clark announced in a message to parents Thursday.
Clark said the decision was made as a “coordinated response that represents a continued effort to reduce the number of affected individuals with COVID-19 and to keep our communities as safe as possible pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-33-20, the current Solano County Order to Shelter At Home, and in consultation with Solano County Public Health.”
“The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are our highest priority,” Clark added.
Source: Solano County schools to remain closed through May 1 amid COVID-19 outbreak – Times-Herald
By Nick Sestanovich
Solano County Office of Education has advised public school districts and charter schools to continue distance learning through at least May 1.
The guidance was issued after consulting with Solano County Public Health and is in accordance with both the county’s stay-at-home order and the similar executive order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom, SCOE officials announced in a news release Thursday.
Previously, the superintendents of Solano County’s school districts had announced closures with tentative dates for reopening beginning in late March and then rescheduled to mid-April. However, since Newsom has called for individuals to stay home and prohibit mass gatherings of more than 10 people indefinitely, SCOE — as well as school district superintendents and charter school leaders — settled on May 1 as a tentative return date but would work with state and local health officials to determine if the date will be extended further.
Source: Coronavirus: Solano County school closures extended through May 1 – The Reporter