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Solano Youth Coalition seeks new members

FAIRFIELD — Solano Youth Coalition is accepting applications for new members. The coalition strives to build positive and healthy youth-adult partnerships to engage youth as active leaders and resources in their communities, according to a press release. Projects are supported by trained adults. Activities focus on promoting and encouraging the participation of young people in the […]

Trustees OK $16,000 trip to Dallas for Fairfield-Suisun staff

FAIRFIELD — A $16,000 trip by seven Fairfield-Suisun School District teachers and four administrators to attend a convention at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas won approval Thursday by the school board. The national convention of No Excuses University, a program that emphasizes every student has the right to be educated in a way that prepares […]

Fairfield High band gets OK for Memphis trip

FAIRFIELD — Travel to Memphis, Tennessee by the Fairfield High School Scarlet Brigade to perform at the 57th Annual Liberty Bowl Beale Street Parade and Liberty Bowl halftime show won approval Thursday from the Fairfield-Suisun School District board. “The Scarlet Brigade’s invitation to perform at this prestigious event is a reflection of the excellent music program […]

Speakers back music education for Fairfield-Suisun

FAIRFIELD — Hire four more credentialed music specialists, trustees for the Fairfield-Suisun School District were asked Thursday by a speaker who cited “irrefutable evidence that music literacy makes children better students and better citizens.” Cliff Gordon spoke during public comment at the school board meeting. Joan Gaut, president of Music for Our Children, also told […]

Solano College honors 10 alumni at gala

VACAVILLE — The Solano Community College Education Foundation on Friday honored 10 former students as distinguished alumni during the school’s 70th Anniversary Gala at the Vacaville Center. The honorees were: Monte Hoover, president and general manager of Gillespie’s Abbey Carpet & Floors. Dawn La Bar, legislative/special projects manager for the city of Fairfield. Jane Loveall, artist […]

Solano College women’s basketball team delivers school supplies, courtyard fun

FAIRFIELD — Members of the Solano Community College women’s basketball team made a visit Friday to drop off some backpacks and school supplies for children at E. Ruth Sheldon Elementary School.

They were there to deliver the school supplies, but what they also delivered was some fun on the basketball court with children in the schoolyard.

After the team dropped off the backpacks and supplies to the school’s principal, Robin Stewart, they headed outside where children were spending the balance of their lunch break. The youngsters quickly gathered to take turns challenging members of the Solano College team at half-court.

Road woes mark 1st day of school for Travis district

FAIRFIELD — Few things really can be considered priceless for the school year, but having children take the bus to school in the Travis School District just might be worth every penny.

“We are adjusting to the closure of Peabody Road,” Bill Sarty, principal of Vanden High School, said Wednesday at the start of the school year. “The school has changed the schedule with a later start time and early leave time.”

Most notably for the parents is a push to have them bus children to school rather than use the current route, to get them to school on time.

Solano College wins $1.1M federal grant

FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College announced Wednesday that it has been awarded a $1.1 million federal grant for support services of students in a curriculum that is based in science, technology, engineering and math. The grant from the U.S. Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services provides $220,000 per year for five years to provide […]

Smooth 1st day at Solano College

FAIRFIELD — New procedures appeared to make for a smooth first day of fall classes Monday at Solano Community College.

There was a just small line or at times no line at all outside the Admissions Office through much of the morning.

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Brandman schedules all-class reunion

FAIRFIELD — Brandman University/Chapman University College Alumni Association’s all-class reunion will take place Sept. 10 at the Boundary Oak Golf Course in Walnut Creek. The previous alumni reunion occurred in October 2014 in Southern California. Janine Lombardi, president of the alumni association, said in a press release that she hopes to build on the success of that one; but […]

Song flutes for trustees as advocates ask for more music instruction

FAIRFIELD — Song flutes were provided Thursday to Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees – along with a brief music lesson and the continuing request for more funding for music classes. Joan Gaut of Music for Our Children called the lesson “A magical adventure in music.” A proposal for the school district asked Fairfield-Suisun to hire four […]

1st day of school brings smiles, nervousness to Vaca students

VACAVILLE — The first day of school was full of smiles and jitters Thursday in Vacaville.

Emmanuel Robles, 11, was looking forward to getting together with his friends at Fairmont Charter Elementary School.

“I’m kind of happy to be going back to school, because I get to see my friends,” he said.

He stayed in touch by email and telephone over the summer, but he said it’s not the same as being with your friends.

1st day at Fairfield High ‘felt like we had been in session for months’

FAIRFIELD — Lunch for almost 1,630 people was part of the first day of school at Fairfield High School, where students from Sem Yeto are now in portable classrooms at the campus.

“We had a phenomenal, wonderful first day at school,” said Kristen Witt, principal of Fairfield High. “It felt like we had been in session for months.”

Students moved quickly to class, she said.

“They were happy to be here, sharing their stories from the summer,” Witt said. “Everyone was dressed to the nines.”

Vanden High celebrates new library

FAIRFIELD — After a long period of figuring out services to cut due to budget constraints, the Travis School District did something different Wednesday afternoon: The district opened something.

More specifically, district officials gathered at the Vanden High School campus for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the $5 million, state-of-the-art library, just in time for the start of school next week.

Children enjoy superhero welcome to new school year

FAIRFIELD — Wednesday was a super – in hero sort of way – first day of school at Solano Christian Academy. There was a hint that something special, in addition to a new school year, was about to happen as the children and parents began arriving. “It’s so exciting to come in and see everyone,” said Cheryl Aguilar, whose […]

Superheroes to welcome children back to school

FAIRFIELD — Superheroes are set to welcome Solano Christian Academy students back to school Wednesday. The meet-and-greet with people in costumes, and real life, superheroes begins at 8 a.m. Members of the community, who use powers granted to them for good, will also be on hand. Among them are Fairfield Mayor Harry Price and Fairfield Fire […]

College fires back in response to grand jury report

FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College has fired back in response to the second of two Solano County grand jury reports on actions by the school with regard to the $348 million Measure Q bond measure that voters passed in 2012. The grand jury report is termed a flawed document, the college’s governing board was told during their […]

Solano College board hears 2 sides in proposed change to committee bylaws

FAIRFIELD — There appears to be a difference of opinion about the role of the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee at Solano Community College that oversees the $348 million bond measure that voters passed in 2012, known as Measure Q. Committee Chairman Lyman Dennis told the college’s governing board Wednesday that a change is proposed to the […]

Students get hands-on approach to money management

VACAVILLE — Teenagers were busy creating budgets, writing checks and balancing checkbooks Monday in a kind of financial boot camp for students.

The program, put on by Travis Credit Union, is known as Mad City Money and is geared toward providing hands-on training to teach basic money management in a four-hour session.

The credit union has conducted the program annually since 2009, with several sessions each summer, according to Sherry Cordonnier, Travis Credit …

Parents to see results of new testing format for students

FAIRFIELD — Parents of students in Solano County schools will soon see the results of the new testing format, known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. The new format was given to students from March to June of the 2014-15 school year in third through eighth grade and 11th grade, according to […]

July 18, 2015 | Posted in Education | Tagged ,

Solano College responds to critical grand jury report

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Community College governing board on Wednesday was presented with a preliminary response to the first of two recent Solano County grand jury reports that challenged the school’s actions concerning the $348 million Measure Q bond measure that voters passed in 2012. Leigh Sata, executive bonds manager, disputed findings of the grand jury […]

July 16, 2015 | Posted in Education | Tagged ,

Summer math program helps students hone skills

FAIRFIELD — Student’s listened intently to Willie Hancock explain the results of the algebra test they had just taken.

Some of the students had begged their parents to be a part of the free, five-week algebra preparation course offered through the California State University Summer Algebra Institute. Others were placed in the class by concerned parents.

Hancock is a retired teacher from Grange Middle School who is donating his time this summer to help students …

Solano College seeks alumni for 70th anniversary benefit gala

FAIRFIELD — Solano College is seeking graduates from the college’s first decade from 1946 to 1956 to be recognized during the 70th anniversary benefit gala next month. The gala is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21, in the Barbara Jones Building at Solano College’s center in Vacaville, located at 2001 N. Village Parkway. […]

July 15, 2015 | Posted in Education | Tagged ,

Fairfield-Suisun school trustees OK $10.8M in spending

FAIRFIELD — Recommendations by school district administrators for spending $10.8 million in state funds won approval this week by trustees for the Fairfield-Suisun School District – after an initial deadlock on delaying a decision on $3 million of the money and concerns by two trustees that not enough was known about the spending plans. “I am […]

July 11, 2015 | Posted in Education | Tagged ,

It’s elementary, Fairfield speakers say of music

FAIRFIELD — Speakers, including a graduate of the California School for the Blind, told Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Thursday about the importance of musical education in elementary schools. Robert Lucky said his introduction to music in elementary school proved crucial when as a 14-year-old he began losing his sight. “I wasn’t sure what was going […]

July 10, 2015 | Posted in Education | Tagged ,

Gaut continues to push for restoration of music program in schools

FAIRFIELD — Joan Gaut has been persistent in pushing the Fairfield-Suisun School District to restore music in elementary schools to its prerecession level. She claims the district recently revealed excess money exists, which she says could be used to fund a proposal to fully restore music instruction, but the district denies those funds are available. […]

July 09, 2015 | Posted in Education | Tagged ,

Grand jury challenges Measure Q oversight in 2nd of 2 critical reports

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County grand jury issued its second report on Solano Community College administrative practices, blasting the management and oversight of the $348 million Measure Q bond passed by voters in 2012. The grand jury report noted the Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee as it is being used by the college violates the California […]

July 08, 2015 | Posted in Education | Tagged ,

Taxpayers group rep says Solano College sought $650 for public records

FAIRFIELD — The taxpayers group representative referred to in a Solano County grand jury report as seeking copies of lists of projects to be paid for by Measure Q bond money says Solano College wanted to charge him $650 for the public records he requested. “They had to back off,” George Guynn Jr. of the […]

July 03, 2015 | Posted in Education | Tagged ,

Grand jury blasts Solano College over $348M Measure Q

FAIRFIELD — A scathing Solano County grand jury report issued Monday reports that local voters were duped in 2012 by Solano Community College staff and supporters of a $348 million bond measure. The report claims the wording of Measure Q on the November 2012 ballot was deliberately misleading and violated state laws and the California […]

July 01, 2015 | Posted in Education | Tagged ,

Solano College accepts Laguerre’s resignation, appoints interim leader

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Community College board of trustees voted unanimously in a special closed-session meeting Wednesday to accept the resignation of Jowel Laguerre as the school’s superintendent/president and appoint Stan Arterberry to the post in an interim role. It was revealed after a closed session that Laguerre, who came to Solano College in 2009, has been […]

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