Fairfield-Suisun trustees: Teamwork is tops but improve trust, communication

By From page A6 | June 11, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Trustees for the Fairfield-Suisun School District work well as a team and with the superintendent – but should improve communication with the community.

Those are among conclusions from a self-evaluation by trustees that they’ll take up again Thursday after a May 29 discussion by the school board.

“Once a decision is made,” Superintendent Kris Corey told trustees in May, “you are supporting that.”

Trustee Perry Polk said “there’s always a Lone Ranger” on some other school boards in the state, but the Fairfield-Suisun district has avoided that. Polk said of communication: “We are having a difficult time getting our message to the community.”

Trust is an issue that the district needs to improve, board member Dave Gaut said. He cited issues involving teachers and the district office.

A report about the board’s self-evaluation from the May meeting includes the consensus about improving communication. Improving school district advocacy with state and federal lawmakers is also noted. It’s recommended that each trustee meet at least once a year with a federal or state representative.

The school board meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in the central office board room at 2490 Hilborn Road in Fairfield.

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

Ryan McCarthy


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  • AlfJune 11, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    I'm sorry, but after the fiascos with Fairfield High and management salary increases, this Superintendent and Board should not be trusted to simply self evaluate and say they need to communicate with the outside world better. It seems that the Superintendent and Trustee Polk want to simply have everyone fall in line. I see nothing wrong with a "Lone Ranger" now and then. Very few schools in this district have API scores that anyone would be proud of. The tree needs to be shaken, and if a few board members or the Superintendent fall out, so much the better.

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