Travis school board OKs salary changes for current, coming school years – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis School District governing board this week approved an updated salary schedules for unrepresented employee groups that include the Association of Travis Management.

Vince Ruiz, assistant superintendent for Human Resources, presented the board Tuesday with updates for the coming school year.

The salary schedules for unrepresented have been updated to reflect the increase of 3% effective July 1, 2021, and a 2% increase effective July 1, 2022.

Source: Travis school board OKs salary changes for current, coming school years

TUSD trustees, teachers tentatively agree to multiyear salary pacts – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Travis Unified teachers likely will have a little more money in their pockets this year and next, district officials announced Wednesday.

During the district trustees’ regular meeting Tuesday night, the governing board and the Travis Unified Teachers Association tentatively approved salary increases for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years, Vince Ruiz, assistant superintendent for human resources, said in a press release.

The agreement reflects a number of items, including hours of employment, leaves, class size, stipends, salary, benefits, and calendars, he added in the prepared statement.

Source: TUSD trustees, teachers tentatively agree to multiyear salary pacts – The Vacaville Reporter

Travis board to review salary changes for school management personnel – Daily Republic

The Travis School District governing board will take a look Tuesday at salary updates.

The board will hear from Vince Ruiz, assistant superintendent for Human Resources, on updated salary schedules for unrepresented employee groups.

The salary schedule for unrepresented employee groups including the Association of Travis Management have been updated to reflect the increase of 3% effective July 1, 2021, and a 2% increase effective July 1, 2022.

Source: Travis board to review salary changes for school management personnel

Travis school board OKs goal change that aims to improve student learning – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Travis School District trustees accepted the reworded Tuesday of the district’s No. 1 goal.

The previous language reads, “Focus on instructional excellence to increase achievement for every student using support systems to improve student learning and to close achievement gaps in order to prepare students for college and career.”

The reworked language is, “Focus on instructional and institutional excellence to promote equity for all, close the achievement gap, and improve student learning in preparation for opportunities beyond high school including college and career.”

Source: Travis school board OKs goal change that aims to improve student learning

Trustees at Travis schools adopt pandemic relief fund spending plan – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis School District’s governing board this week approved the broad outline for how to spend more than $1.3 million in pandemic relief funds.

Sue Brothers, assistant superintendent of Educational Services, gave a presentation Tuesday night on the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III funding plan, and sought the board’s approval.

School districts, county offices of education or charter schools, collectively known as Local Education Agencies, that receive these pandemic relief funds under the American Rescue Plan Act, are required to develop a plan for how they will use their funds.

Source: Trustees at Travis schools adopt pandemic relief fund spending plan

Travis trustees to examine school district’s top goal – Daily Republic

Travis School District trustees will consider a reworded No. 1 goal for the district when they meet Tuesday.

The current language reads, Focus on instructional excellence to increase achievement for every student using support systems to improve student learning and to close achievement gaps in order to prepare students for college and career.”

The reworked language is, “Focus on instructional and institutional excellence to promote equity for all, close the achievement gap, and improve student learning in preparation for opportunities beyond high school, including college and career.”

Source: Travis trustees to examine school district’s top goal

Father of Vanden High student shot, killed asks Fairfield to help honor his son – Daily Republic

BY Todd R. Hansen

The father of a Vanden High student-athlete who was shot and killed in April asked the Fairfield council this week for help in honoring Daniel Hughes’ memory.

“I want to honor his legacy and dreams, and he did have big dreams,” Dejon Hughes said about his son.

Daniel Hughes was shot on Easter Sunday and died 14 days later on April 18. He was 17 years old.

His father described his son, who was a junior at Vanden High at the time of his death, as someone who was involved in the community.

Source: Father of Vanden High student shot, killed asks Fairfield to help honor his son

Energy abounds as Foxboro returns for in-person learning – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The first day of school marks a new beginning for every student. On Wednesday, the first day at Foxboro Elementary School represented something more: A return to full-time, in-person learning.

In that sense, it was a new start that also invoked feelings of past first days of school back when students could meet on campus.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the Travis Unified School District joined other districts in closing campuses to stop the spread of the virus. In March of this year, schools reopened for a hybrid model. With restrictions loosened by the state back in June, Travis schools are now open full time with modifications.

Source: Energy abounds as Foxboro returns for in-person learning – The Vacaville Reporter

Travis school year set to start with in-person learning – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

Travis School District resumes in-person learning Wednesday with the start of the 2021-22 school year.

Travis is the first district in the area to begin classes.

The Vacaville School District kicks off Thursday. Schools in the Fairfield-Suisun School District will begin Aug. 18.

Travis Assistant Superintendent Sue Brothers said planning has been going on through the summer to prepare for the change from the hybrid learning model that was utilized at the end of the last school year to full in-person learning.

Source: Travis school year set to start with in-person learning

Travis Unified School District to stop charging for student meals – The Vacaville Reporter

Effective for the 2021-22 school year, Travis Unified School District will serve meals at no charge to enrolled students.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved use of the Seamless Summer Option (SSO), which allows local school districts to provide no-cost meals to all enrolled students for the duration of the 2021-22 school year.

The income survey, found on Titan, allows the district to receive funding that provides access to programs and services to help children better succeed. These programs include, but are not limited to, pandemic EBT, reduced/free bus passes, reduced/free AP testing at Vanden and letters available for reduced internet eligibility.

Source: Travis Unified School District to stop charging for student meals – The Vacaville Reporter

Travis AFB families pick up free supplies before returning to school – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

On Aug. 11, Travis Unified School District students will be returning to class, so families can expect to be in full-time shopping mode for school supplies over the next few weeks.

Given how expensive school supplies can get over time, Operation Homefront wants to alleviate the experience for military families. Thus, it has teamed up with Dollar Tree for its annual Back-to-School Brigade, a series of school supply drives held in locations throughout the United States. On Friday, an event was hosted at Travis Air Force Base for its families stationed there.

Families formed a line at one of the base’s hangars to pick up everything from notebooks to crayons to just about everything else they needed for the 2021-22 school year.

Source: Travis AFB families pick up free supplies before returning to school – The Vacaville Reporter

Wednesday Club honors 3 with scholarships – Daily Republic

The Wednesday Club honored its three scholarship recipients at its June meeting.

The nursing scholarship recipient is Jessica Robertson. She received her bachelor’s degree after attending San Francisco State University and transferring to UC Davis.

She also attended San Diego Mesa College for Medical Assisting and has worked as a medical assistant while going to school.

Source: Wednesday Club honors 3 with scholarships

Travis School District trustees to consider 2021-22 budget – Daily Republic

Travis School District trustees will consider approval of the 2021-22 budget when they meet Tuesday.

Also on the agenda is the consideration for approval of the Local Control Accountability Plan and Local Control Funding Formula Budget Overview for Parents.

The virtual meeting is set for 5 p.m.

Source: Travis School District trustees to consider 2021-22 budget

In year of loss, Vanden grads celebrate ‘sense of community’ – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Like their counterparts nationwide, some 390 Vanden High seniors braved the many challenges of the 2020-21 pandemic and academic year, graduating with pomp, circumstance, speeches, and coveted diplomas Saturday morning at George A. Gammon Field in Fairfield.

“It was quite an experience,” said Alyna Bobis, 17, of Suisun City shortly after the 90-minute ceremony under partly cloudy skies, temperatures in the high 70s with a mild breeze. “This was the first class who spent a whole year online. It was really interesting.”

Wearing a school-colors forest green cap and gown with a gold sash and a required mask, she said the biggest lesson of the past nine months was “learning to accept new differences in our lives.”

Source: In year of loss, Vanden grads celebrate ‘sense of community’ – The Reporter

Travis schools budget plan – with $1.38M in red ink – open to public comment – Daily Republic

By Glen Faison

The Travis School District board will hear public comment Tuesday on the proposed 2021-22 fiscal year budget, and will consider approving the certificated salary schedule including a 183-day work calendar.

A staff report on the budget proposal shows more than $68.33 million in general fund revenue and nearly $69,021 in spending. The approximate $1.38 million in red ink is driven by $1.55 million in deficit spending in the district’s unrestricted funds, partially offset by a surplus of $171,000 in the district’s restricted funds.

Source: Travis schools budget plan – with $1.38M in red ink – open to public comment

Graduates of 2021 – and 2020 – bid farewell, extend gratitude to TEC – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

One speaker evoked the memory of her friend Daniel Hughes.

Another called on her classmates and generation to speak out for the Palestinian children of Gaza, who she said are far less worried about high school graduation as they are about surviving the bombs and bullets of the ever-tumultuous Hamas-Israel conflict.

“I pray for Palestinians, and I pray for Gaza and that place,” said Maiya Beltran, a 2020 graduate of the Travis Education Center, who said her generation has a responsibility to speak out for those who have no voice of their own.

Source: Graduates of 2021 – and 2020 – bid farewell, extend gratitude to TEC

Outgoing TEC principal calls pandemic grads special – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Allyson Rude-Azevedo emceed her eighth Travis Education Center commencement ceremony Friday – her first since 2019.

That is why graduates from the Class of 2020 were invited to participate along with the Class of 2021.

“For kids who struggle in school, graduation is very important,” Rude-Azevedo said in an interview prior to the start of the ceremony on the Vanden High football field. “So this is a real big deal for the kids and their families.”

Source: Outgoing TEC principal calls pandemic grads special

Vanden Class of 2021 together for last time on campus – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Jasmine Soria reflected briefly Saturday – as she put the finishing touches on her graduation attire – on her four years at Vanden High School.

“I’m glad I made it to the end,” she said prior to the 2021 ceremony.

She was surrounded by her mom, dad, grandmother and stepmother.

Janelle and Daniel Wagenaar were among the first 25 or 30 waiting for the gates to open to the stadium.

Source: Vanden Class of 2021 together for last time on campus

Vaca native, Vanden grad earns medical degree – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A Vacaville native and Vanden High graduate, Kyle Thomas Herout, will receive a degree in medicine on Sunday during commencement at a Pennsylvania medical school.

Herout, 26, will be a newly minted osteopath when he accepts his diploma from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie. After graduation, he will undergo emergency medicine residency training with Kaiser Permanente Central Valley in Modesto.

Herout’s completion of his medical studies comes as the Association of American Medical Colleges has projected a shortage of up to 139,000 physicians — many in primary care — by 2033, according to a March 23 report by the U.S News and World Report. It cited the aging American population and the large number of doctors reaching retirement age, as two major factors.

Source: Vaca native, Vanden grad earns medical degree – The Reporter

SELPA advisory committee recognizes 28 for work with children who have special needs – Daily Republic

Nearly 30 school district staff, community members and one student have been selected for the annual Solano County Community Advisory Committee Recognition Award.

This year’s selections were specifically chosen “for demonstration of outstanding accomplishments and services for individuals with special needs during the 2020-2021 (Covid-19) pandemic.”

Among the qualities attributed to the nominees are “knowledgeable, approachable, welcoming, energetic, enthusiastic and 100% student-focused.”

Source: SELPA advisory committee recognizes 28 for work with children who have special needs