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

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

Vaca schools tap Garcia as assistant superintendent – Daily Republic

The Vacaville School District governing board has approved the appointment of Manolo Garcia, who currently serves as the interim assistant superintendent of Human Resources, to the role of assistant superintendent, Department of Human Resources.

The appointment was announced in a press release and was effective Friday.

Source: Vaca schools tap Garcia as assistant superintendent

Manolo Garcia named new Assistant Superintendent of HR at VUSD – The Vacaville Reporter

The Vacaville Unified School District Governing Board approved the appointment of Manolo Garcia, who currently serves as the interim Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, to the role of assistant superintendent, Department of Human Resources, effective Nov. 4.

“Mr. Garcia brings a wealth of experience to Vacaville Unified School District (VUSD), not just in HR, but also as a former teacher and school administrator. Throughout his career, he has made a measurable impact in expanding recruitment and retention initiatives and improving systems, processes, and customer service throughout the district,” said Superintendent Jane Shamieh. “We look forward to his leadership in continuing our efforts to attract experienced educators and support staff to VUSD.”

Source: Manolo Garcia named new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Vaca USD – The Vacaville Reporter

Vaca High dedicates gym, joyously, to beloved teacher, coach Steve Green – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The Vacaville High School drumline thundered away with chest-rattling rhythms. The cheer squad was in sync with sharply rehearsed moves. A choir sang under a curved array of orange-and-black balloons, the school colors, and Vacaville Unified leaders sat in anticipation of several featured speakers as the sun shone on the object of all the hub-bub.

The sounds and sights — most of them in no-surprise orange and black, and the people, including families, young children and school staff members — added a natural celebratory feel late Thursday afternoon when the school community dedicated the Steve Green Memorial Gymnasium at the West Monte Vista Avenue campus, a beige-painted, gleaming $4 million, 7,000-square-foot building with a seating capacity of nearly 400 that was completed in recent days and will be baptized Monday, when Bulldog basketball season begins.

Source: Vaca High dedicates gym, joyously, to beloved teacher, coach Steve Green – The Vacaville Reporter

Vacaville Unified School District puts out the call – The Vacaville Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

Maryjane Schooler of Vacaville (left) gets some assistance in filling out her application for a job as para-professional aid with the Vacaville Unified School District from Dianna Villa, who works in the district human resources department during a job fair Saturday at Markham Elementary School. The event was organized by the district with the goal of filling substitute teaching positions as well as filling openings in areas like classroom aids, nutrition staff, and yard duty staff. Some of the applicants hired Saturday could be starting their new jobs as soon as Monday.

Source: Photo: Vacaville Unified School District puts out the call – The Vacaville Reporter

Students tour pumpkin patch, meet Halloween characters – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Between walking to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and walking along the back hill to meet wooden cutouts of famous Halloween characters, students at Fairmont and Padan elementary schools definitely got their steps in Thursday.

It was all part of the church’s Pumpkins on the Hill event, where pumpkins and other goodies are sold at cheap prices, with proceeds distributed to Opportunity House and the Feed the Hungry program at Church of the Epiphany.

As part of this program, Fairmont and Padan students at all grade levels are invited to walk over to the pumpkin patch, play games, be led on a tour where they receive free pencils and other items along the way, listen to songs sung by Mr. Pumpkin — an alias of music minister Chris Holmes, and maybe buy a pumpkin, small toy or snack while there.

Source: Students tour pumpkin patch, meet Halloween characters – The Vacaville Reporter

Two longtime employees promoted to top roles in Parks and Rec, Public Works departments – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The city of Vacaville has filled two major positions by promoting two longtime employees.

Reggie Hubbard has assumed the role of Parks and Recreation director, and Brian McLean has been elevated to Public Works director. Both have served with the city for more than a decade, and in Hubbard’s case, exactly three decades.

According to a city news release, Hubbard received a bachelor’s degree in history at Oregon State University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. In 1992, he was hired as a part-time program coordinator in Vacaville but was soon promoted to full-time housing and redevelopment specialist. In 2003, he was named recreation supervisor followed by recreation manager a few years later.

Source: Two longtime employees promoted to top roles in Parks and Rec, Public Works departments – The Vacaville Reporter

‘Top Chef’ contestant serves meals to Will C. Wood students – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

On Tuesday, students at Will C. Wood High School enjoyed a lunch of Korean barbecue pork over lo mein noodles. What not all might have realized is that the meal was prepared by a renowned chef.

Oakland-born Tu David Phu, a contestant on Bravo’s reality cooking series “Top Chef,” has been working with the Vacaville School District’s nutrition staff to prepare meals all week, and it has been a hit with students and the food crew alike. He even got to speak with Scott Toebe’s advanced culinary students on the importance of nutritional offerings.

Phu, who competed on the 15th season of “Top Chef” and has operated several pop-ups, told The Reporter that he has worked to form partnerships to provide healthier meals, whether at high schools or at San Quentin State Prison.

Source: ‘Top Chef’ contestant serves meals to Will C. Wood students – The Vacaville Reporter

Santopadre tapped to succeed Shamieh as VUSD supe – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

His resume includes working as a teacher, Vacaville High football coach, president of the Vacaville Teachers Association, principal of Vaca High and, presently, Vacaville Unified School District’s associate superintendent of educational services.

No doubt the VUSD governing board took that employment history into account Thursday night, when trustees announced that Edward R. Santopadre will be the district’s new superintendent as of July 1, succeeding Jane Shamieh, who is retiring after eight years of service in the district’s top job.

“The Board is confident that Mr. Santopadre is the right person to lead the District into the future, building upon our excellent educational programs,” Board President John Jansen said in a press statement.

Source: Santopadre tapped to succeed Shamieh as VUSD supe – The Vacaville Reporter

Vacaville High honors the 2022 Hall of Fame members – The Vacaville Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

The 2022 class of inductees to the Vacaville High School Hall of Fame are honored at halftime of the Bulldogs’ game against Rodriguez High School Friday at Tom Zunino Stadium. Members of the class are Dave Billalon, Mike Boele, Joseph Drachnik, Stefan Janowski, Leslie Partch, Robyn Stevens, and Bryan Younce. The class will tbe honored again at the Hall of Fame Dinner at 5 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Opera House in Vacaville. Proceeds from the event will support the Steve Green Memorial scholarship.

Source: Photo: Vacaville High honors the 2022 Hall of Fame members – The Vacaville Reporter

Communications specialist and former reporter runs for VUSD board – The Vacaville Reporter

By Zachary Cimaglio

With new companies and career opportunities popping up in Vacaville, the city has become a melting pot of youth seeking jobs and long-term success.

To nurture this success, many students may need guidance from someone who understands their personal needs, a role which Jacqui Nguyen, a communications specialist and former television reporter, hopes to fill if elected to the Vacaville Unified School District school board.

Nguyen immigrated to the United States from Saigon, Vietnam in 1975 seeking educational and career opportunities for her and her siblings in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. She was part of the first wave of people migrating on boats from the war-torn nation in search of sanctuary and success.

Source: Communications specialist and former reporter runs for Vacaville Unified school board – The Vacaville Reporter

VUSD board candidate hopes to bring years of leadership to the district – The Vacaville Reporter

By Zachary Cimaglio

One needs to look only as far back as a year or two, when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its peak, to see the kinds of unprecedented needs that the Vacaville Unified School District has had to rapidly adapt to.

This kind of versatility and understanding of the community is what school board candidate Nancy Dunn said she hopes to bring to the table in her campaign this year.

Should she win the election, Dunn said she hopes to make schools safer, more welcoming and more attractive for new hires who will be more likely to stay long term and make decisions based on the needs of their specific school.

Source: Vacaville Unified school board candidate hopes to bring years of leadership to the district – The Vacaville Reporter

Vacaville sixth graders invited to alien-themed dance party – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt this news-reading session with a special bulletin from the Vacaville Parks and Recreation Department. On Oct. 28, Ulatis Community Center will be invaded by aliens.

No need to worry, as these friendly Martians come in peace and seek only to dance and potentially win a costume contest.

Parks and Rec is hosting a special alien invasion-themed dance party for local sixth graders who register and wear their best extraterrestrial and UFO-themed costumes for chance to win one of two prizes. There will also be games, snacks and music spun by a live DJ. Come sail through the cosmos for a party that will truly be out of this world.

Source: Vacaville sixth graders invited to alien-themed dance party – The Vacaville Reporter

Vaca High students get wacky for homecoming – The Vacaville Reporter

Dressed in crazy outfits, Vacaville High School seniors Aniyah Morris, 17 (left), and Ruth Toe, 18 dance across the stage during a wacky fashion show Wednesday at lunchtime. The event is organized by the Vaca High Student Council and is part of the school’s Homecoming week festivities. The Bulldogs battle El Cerrito High School Friday night at Tom Zunino Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with the Homecoming queen crowned at halftime with fireworks filling the evening sky.

Source: Photo: Vaca High students get wacky for homecoming – The Vacaville Reporter

Fair Board to put final touches on virtual Youth Ag Day – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

The Solano County Fair Association directors on Wednesday will be updated on the status of the 2022 Youth Ag Day virtual videos.

“What we hope we have created is an educational platform . . . available to any teacher to use as (an agriculture) resource,” Mike Ioakimedes, executive director and chief executive officer, said in a phone interview.

The target is elementary grade levels.

Source: Fair Board to put final touches on virtual Youth Ag Day

Markham Elementary heralds completion of Measure A projects – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Edwin Markham Elementary School has changed quite a bit in the last few years. The 60-year-old campus now has new classrooms, a new cafeteria, administration building and library, all due to $35 million from Vacaville Unified School District’s Measure A bond.

The project, one of the largest under the Measure A initiative, was finished amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but with restrictions lifted and people allowed to meet fully in person, a brief ceremony was held Friday morning to commemorate the completion.

Against a backdrop of black and turquoise balloons and with wolf mascot Edwin pumping up the crowd, Principal Jose Bermudez welcomed everyone to “the new and improved Markham.”

Source: Markham Elementary heralds completion of Measure A projects – The Vacaville Reporter

Will C. Wood grad finds musical voice in his old room – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

It might be understandable if actor and musician Carlos Alfredo Jr. was channeling Brian Wilson’s “In My Room.”

Or given the season, perhaps, he was humming along with “There’s No Place Like Home” while sitting in his childhood bedroom while visiting his parents for Christmas 2020.

But the Oakland-born, Vacaville-raised, Los Angeles-living entertainer, now 33, was staring at the familiar surroundings and drifting back into the sometimes painful adolescent memories of lost love.

Source: Will C. Wood grad finds musical voice in his old room

Wood freshman, 14, has ‘learned to be a leader’ in Boy Scouts – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

He has his eye on the top rank in Boy Scouts, Eagle, and Cole S. Wilson, 14, a member of Troop 484 in Vacaville, will day by day, merit badge by merit badge, troop project by troop project, eventually get there.

Among several merit badges — 21 are required to attain Scouting’s coveted top rank — Wilson has earned one in communications.

It was his letter to The Reporter that helped him earn that badge and also prompted an interview Wednesday with the Will C. Wood High School freshman at his home on Kodiak Drive in the southern sector of Vacaville.

But his inquiry was far from self-centered. Wilson wanted publicity for the 11-member troop, formed a dozen years ago, and is one of the city’s four troops.

Source: Wood freshman, 14, has ‘learned to be a leader’ in Boy Scouts – The Vacaville Reporter

Solano Symphony’s 36th year includes public ‘Play-In’ during Vaca Arts Week – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Just in time, as Solano County and the nation show signs of living with the pandemic and a return to a new idea of normal, Solano Symphony Orchestra leaders have laid out the sonic road map for their 36th year of concerts.

It all begins with an invitation to the public to strut their musical stuff.

As usual, the orchestra’s 2022-23 season, led by longtime conductor and musical director Semyon Lohss, features five concerts, all of them at 3 p.m. in the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, with one new surprise this year: A community “Play-In” event during Vacaville Arts Week, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 25, in Andrews Park.

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