$253,473 worth of textbooks win OK for Fairfield-Suisun schools

By From page A1 | June 13, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Adoption of textbooks costing $253,473 won approval Thursday by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees who were told a two-week delay could leave students without the books when schools reopen.

Sheila McCabe, director of secondary education for Fairfield-Suisun, said she didn’t know if a delay to the next school board meeting would allow publishers to get books to the school district in time.

English textbooks that meet Common Core standards and costing $229,889 for three high school grades are among the materials.

David Isom, president of the board of trustees, had asked about continuing the matter to the next school board meeting.

“I’m interested in giving the public more time,” he said.

A member of the public had told trustees she was unaware the textbooks were available for review and Trustee Pat Shamansky asked about a two-week delay to give the public another opportunity to look at the textbooks.

Wendy Purvis had told trustees she receives a lot of automated calls from the school district about school photos and other matters but never heard that textbooks could be reviewed. No mention was made on the school district website or Facebook page, she said.

“This event went completely under my radar,” Purvis said.

Textbooks were available for public review at the school district offices in the Instructional Media Center from May 22 through Thursday. No one from the public had looked at the books as of Wednesday.

Shamansky said it was difficult to find the media center on the second floor and asked if the books could be made available to the public in the lobby.

Isom said before the board vote to adopt the textbooks that problems with informing the public about the textbooks provide a lesson in communication.

“It is important,” he said, “that we use this as an opportunity to get better.”

Trustee Dave Gaut agreed.

“We have to change this,” he said of how the textbook review is publicized.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

This version corrects Trustee Pat Shamansky’s first name. It also corrects a typographical error in the original, in David Isom’s final quote of the article.

Ryan McCarthy


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  • George GuynnJune 13, 2014 - 8:21 am

    Anyone that sends their kid/kids to the FSUSD schools is not doing their kids a favor. The Travis District, Home School, Private or Charter Schools would be MUCH better. The whole school board needs to go. Be sure to vote for all new people at the next election!!!!!

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  • SteveJune 13, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    I rarely agree with George, and may not go as far as voting for all new board members next election. But I would certainly agree that this Board and District have serious issues with communication, decision making, accountability and transparency. I would agree more independent thinkers are needed who look out for the kids and don't continually make the same mistakes over and over. Apologies at some point, don't cut it anymore.

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