Fairfield-Suisun school board meeting to focus on future

By From page A10 | December 11, 2012

FAIRFIELD — The last school board meeting of 2012 will focus on 2013.

The Fairfield-Suisun School District will take care of several housekeeping items Thursday while discussing several items that may shape how the next year will unfold.

The board will elect a new president, receive an update on the search for a new superintendent and set a timeline for the committee that will eventually change the attendance boundaries for two high schools.

A financial report will also be presented, giving more insight on the announcement in November that there will likely be no cuts made to the midyear budget or the following year.

Thursday’s meeting will be the last one as president for Kathy Marianno, who ran meetings in 2012. A recognition for Marianno will kick off the meeting as she slides down the dais and another board member takes her place holding the gavel.

Board members will also decide on appointments to various committees such as Safe Routes to School and joint committees with cities.

Superintendent Jacki Cottingim-Dias is retiring after the school year in June. The district is in the beginning steps of selecting a replacement. The board will be briefed on a timeline of the search and will be able to ask questions to staff.

As part of the recent reconfiguration to several campuses, the boundaries for Armijo and Fairfield high schools will be shifted to balance the populations. No current students would be affected as it would only apply to incoming freshmen for the 2013-14 school year.

The board will hear about a committee that will help shape those boundaries. It will be made up of representatives from the cities of Fairfield and Suisun City, parents, community members, staff, administration and the business community, according to staff reports.

The Fairfield-Suisun School District meets at 6 p.m. at 2490 Hilborn Road in Fairfield.

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Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.

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  • WoodyDecember 11, 2012 - 4:41 am

    I hope the salary of the next superintendent is reconsidered.

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  • Mr. PracticalDecember 11, 2012 - 6:12 am

    Woody, what do you feel the compensation should be?

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  • FairfielderDecember 11, 2012 - 12:37 pm

    Low $100K and they pay their own pension. How do like paying over $250K for somebody's salary that keeps cutting programs?

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  • Rick WoodDecember 11, 2012 - 1:09 pm

    The Superintendent's pay and benefits package should be worth no more than 10% higher than that of a high school principal, and bonuses of up to 10% for principals should be available based on established performance criteria. If that means lowering the Superintendent's compensation and raising the principals', so be it. All other compensation packages for management employees would be based on those benchmarks. If our district did that, it would communicate that good educational site leaders are valued above administrators, and a good high school principal will be compensated at the top of the district pay scale even if he/she has no ambitions to go to the district office. We want the best to become principals, not administrators. To lessen the burden on the Superintendent--and justify the lower compensation--other changes would have to be made to shift more management responsiblity to the principals and a "council of principals," but that would be appropriate. It would also be necessary to have a highly supportive Board that wants to innovate. The Board would have to find ways to take the pressure off the Superintendent and district office staff and adopt a more team-oriented posture. It's such a culture shift, I doubt it will happen, but I wish our district would try.

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