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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Travis School District fills 2 positions from within

FAIRFIELD — The Travis School District on Thursday announced that two open positions have been filled with hires from within the district’s ranks. Sue Brothers will take over at the district office as the assistant superintendent for educational services, taking over for Jim Bryan, who is retiring after a 33-year career in public education, 14 of those years with […]

Registration deadline looms for free summer algebra prep course

FAIRFIELD — The deadline is early next week for children in the sixth through ninth grades to register for a free, five-week algebra preparation course offered through the California State University Summer Algebra Institute. The program is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. July 6 through Aug. 7. It’s designed to help children who are […]

College leader closes in on Peralta chancellor position

FAIRFIELD — Jowel Laguerre, the superintendent-president of Solano Community College, is in contract negotiations with Peralta Community College District to become chancellor of the four-institution district that includes College of Alameda plus Berkeley City, Merritt and Laney colleges. Laguerre said he could be in place in the Peralta district by mid-July – barring unforeseen issues with […]

Vanden Junior ROTC builds strength through teamwork

FAIRFIELD — The movies have painted a pretty clear picture: a drill instructor, one arm tucked behind, looking over a group of ill-prepared recruits, explaining, in terse, salty language, how the lives they used to lead are now over.

Similarly, teen movies will have the protagonists laying around a room, an illuminated computer nearby, a bag of chips, clothes strewn about, the whole teen pack engaged in a conversation laced with “brah,” and . . .

School trustees look to approve admin raises, new contract

FAIRFIELD — The school district’s board of trustees on Thursday will consider approval of 3.75 percent raises for three top administrators and the new two-year employment agreement with an annual beginning salary of $177,125 for Rona Portalupi, the new assistant superintendent of educational services. The outgoing Fairfield-Suisun School District assistant superintendent of educational services, Malcolm Butler, tendered his […]

Fairfield-Suisun schools to offer summer youth meal program

SUISUN CITY — The Fairfield-Suisun School District is sponsoring a summer food program at 12 schools and 11 community sites this summer with many starting to serve breakfasts and lunches to those 18 years old and younger starting this week. The program provides free weekday meals to local children and teens during the summer so that their […]

District partnership to increase elementary computer science instruction

FAIRFIELD — A partnership between the Fairfield-Suisun School District and the nonprofit Code.org to increase K-5 computer science instruction and offer professional development, support and curriculum will take effect in September, the school district recently announced. Code.org is “dedicated to expanding computer science education by making it available in more schools and increasing participation by […]

Vacaville High grads break into dance to mark milestone

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville High School Class of 2015 surprised parents and family members Saturday with a bit of funk and a lot of dancing.

Members of the Vacaville High Symphonic Orchestra – to include graduating seniors – began playing “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars and half the seniors gathered for commencement at Tom Zunino Stadium stood up and started dancing. It took only a few minutes for the rest of the class to join in, with cheers and whistles from the crowd echoing through the stadium.

Salutatorian challenges grads at Will C. Wood to pursue success

VACAVILLE — “Success is not measured by the number of awards you win or the amount of money you make,” Joanna Curry told fellow graduates during the Will C. Wood High School commencement Friday night at Tom Zunino Stadium. Speaking before a packed crowd, the class salutatorian challenged classmates to find a career they are […]

Rio Vista High ushers teens into their futures

RIO VISTA — Balloons, flowers and bouquets adorned the arms, necks and hair of parents and students alike Friday night at the 102nd Rio Vista High School graduation. For Lanette Cain, who covered her daughter’s neck with two leis, one in blues and the other reds, it was a bittersweet day. “I want her to […]

6 valedictorians address Vanden High grads

FAIRFIELD — One valedictorian expressed his love for his mother. Another quoted Malcom X’s words that “education is our passport to the future.” A third speaker thanked the Vanden High School graduate who paid him $5 for mentioning the student’s name in his valedictorian address. Six valedictorians, who all had straight A’s for their four […]

Armijo’s purple and gold sets sail for success

FAIRFIELD — The colors of purple and gold were the hues of success at Armijo High School’s graduation Friday evening.

The 458 seniors, soon-to-be-graduates, made an impressive entry as they traversed the length of Brownlee Field to their seats amid the screams of various names from friends and family, along with the occasional air horn sound from the stands.

Three valedictorians, Mark Vincent Go, Jason Less and Timothy Liu, gave uplifting speeches of encouragement, as did student body president Lauren Seabrooks, who talked about saying hello to the new chapter in their lives.

“For some of us this journey at Armijo has been the best years of our lives. others can’t wait to get out,” Seabrooks said. “Although we have …

Buckingham sends grads out into world with class

VACAVILLE — The future beckoned Friday morning at the doorsteps of The Mission for 115 students from Buckingham Charter Magnet High School. Once through the doors after graduation, they were on their way to the rest of their lives. But first, there were some tears, hugs and laughter as the soon-to-be graduates sat in their maroon caps […]

Grit, determination help guide TEC grads

VACAVILLE — Students at the Travis Education Center often arrive at the alternative education campus under a variety of difficult life circumstances. Most are missing credits and use the independent pace to help make up their shortfalls. Some choose to re-enroll in traditional high school settings. For those who choose to continue at Travis Education […]

Rodriguez High graduates more than 400

FAIRFIELD — More than 400 Mustangs gathered Thursday on the Rodriguez High School football field in front of stands packed with supporters.

The Class of 2015 graduates heard from students, the principal, superintendent and Rodriguez High teacher Katherine Gagnon, who studied at the Globe Theatre in London as part of a program to improve Shakespeare instruction.

“Be yourself,” Gagnon told graduates during her faculty address – but added that at college, work or whatever followed Rodriguez . . .

Country High grads earn diplomas

VACAVILLE — Before he came to Country High School, Class of 2015 graduate Sevrin Garcia said he was not sure he would make it through high school. When Francis Lukachinsky was told that he was going to Country High after goofing off too much at Vacaville High School, he was not sure Country High would […]

Fairfield High celebrates 50th commencement

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield High School celebrated its 50th commencement Wednesday as members of the Class of 2015 received their diplomas at Schaefer Stadium.

James Macariola spoke of fear, failure and family in addressing the graduates in front of the capacity crowd of family and friends who filled the grandstands.

“Fear and failure can be a great catalyst for you in the future, as long as you allow them to move you in a positive direction,” said the Fairfield High teacher.

Adult school graduation includes dose of technology

FAIRFIELD — Technology got a decent amount of attention Wednesday as the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School feted its 2015 graduating class. Kris Corey, superintendent of the Fairfield-Suisun School District, snapped a picture of the graduates with a promise to post it to her Twitter feed. Student speaker Latonia McGruder talked about society’s dependence on cellphones. “For […]

Sem Yeto turns loose the class of 2015

FAIRFIELD — Deyontae Bonner got an enthusiastic hug, kiss and candy lei from his cousin as she hurried up to him behind the stadium while he waited in line to begin his walk to collect a long-awaited diploma.

A diploma, a year ago, the 18-year-old wasn’t sure he’d be able to collect.

“It’s crazy that I made it,” he said. “I was missing a lot of credits but I made it up.”

His smile told a lot about his happiness.

Bonner joined 109 other Sem Yeto High School students . . .

Speaker urges Matt Garcia grads to follow their dreams

FAIRFIELD — Michele Haymon gently wiped the tears from her eyes. With those tears was a big smile. Her son, Wesley Newton, was one of the 21 seniors who graduated Tuesday from the Matt Garcia Learning Center. “It’s been a struggle,” Haymon said. “We didn’t know until 11 a.m. today he was graduating.” Cindy Lenners, […]

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Fairfield church to host free algebra prep course

FAIRFIELD — Students in the sixth through ninth grades are eligible to register for a free, five-week algebra preparation course offered through the California State University Summer Algebra Institute. The program is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. July 6 through Aug. 7. It’s designed to help children who are struggling with math skills become […]

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Vacaville Christian sends Class of 2015 into the world

VACAVILLE — Commencement for Vacaville Christian High School’s Class of 2015 on Thursday was both an ending and a new beginning.

The 63 graduates stepped forward to accept their diplomas accompanied by the cheers and yells of their friends and family on the school’s football field during a warm evening that was made pleasant by an evening breeze.

Principal Janet Fogh described the young men and women as “strong, capable, accomplished and ready for the future,” with 94 percent of them headed to college and five of them entering the armed forces.

Child care service to move to Fairfield High School

FAIRFIELD — The saga of the Fairfield-Suisun School District child care nursery, which is currently located at Sem Yeto High School, is over for the time being. Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to move the service to Fairfield High School when Sem Yeto transitions over to that campus next school year while the former Dover site, its […]

May 29, 2015 | Posted in Education | Tagged ,

Board to consider options to maintain on-campus child care program

FAIRFIELD — Members of the Fairfield-Suiusn School District governing board will consider plans Thursday to salvage the district’s child care service for teen parents and move it from Sem Yeto High School to Fairfield High School. The child care agenda item is a return topic, ready for a vote from the school board. School staff initially sought […]

May 28, 2015 | Posted in Education | Tagged ,

Fairfield-Suisun school board to discuss new state budget numbers

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board will hear a presentation Thursday on the effects of Gov. Jerry Brown’s May budget revision for 2015-16 and how it relates to education. District staff will report to the board for the first time since the May budget revision brought in the good news of more money to school districts, including […]

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Armijo student artists to have artwork displayed

FAIRFIELD — The artwork of an Armijo High School 11th grader will be among several student-created piece of art that will be displayed in Rep. John Garamendi’s office after earning an honorable mention in the annual Congressional High School Competition in Garamendi’s 3rd District. That local honorable mention went to Armijo High School Junior Chloe Tortai whose artwork, […]

May 27, 2015 | Posted in Education | Tagged ,

Solano College president top pick for Peralta colleges

FAIRFIELD — Peralta Community College District announced Tuesday that it has identified Jowel Laguerre, the president/superintendent of Solano Community College, as its leading candidate for the district chancellor position. The college district includes College of Alameda plus Berkeley City, Merritt and Laney colleges. Laguerre said it’s still early in the process but he was “pleased to […]

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