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Fairfield-Suisun trustees eye Orlando, Atlanta, Seattle staff trips

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From page A5 | April 09, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Sending 25 teachers and administrators to Seattle for a two-day conference at the Tulalip Resort Casino would cost the Fairfield-Suisun School District a total of $30,000 for the No Excuses University event.

A report by Roxanne Jablonski-Liu, director of instructional support services for the school district, describes No Excuses University as a network of schools that promotes career and college readiness for all students.

The No Excuses’ website describes Tualip Resort Casino as “one of the premier resorts and conference destinations in the Pacific Northwest.”

Trustees meeting in February approved travel by seven teachers, the principal and a secretary from Dan O. Root Elementary School to the same Seattle conference.

Staff members from David A Weir Preparatory Academy, Green Valley Middle School, Nelda Mundy Elementary and consulting teachers from the school district central office are among the 25 people whose travel trustees take up Thursday.

Breakout sessions that may be offered at the Seattle conference include Building Community through Communication, which exposes participants to a principal’s message in a monthly newsletter and postcard designs as among ways to “improve communication throughout the school community.”

The description for Llama Training-Exceptional Classroom Management states in part, “Teachers are like a herd of llamas, running through the grass. Kids can be vicious tigers, looking for a victim. Are you the slowest llama? Don’t be the slowest anymore.”

Information for the session titled Putting on Your Socks Correctly states that the late basketball coach John Wooden left nothing to chance, even teaching his players the correct way to put on theirs socks and shoes. The session uses Wooden Wisdom and his Pyramids of Success to perfect a No Excuses culture.

About 40 breakout sessions are listed.

Trustees will also consider sending a Fairfield High School teacher to attend the Renaissance National Conference in Orlando, Florida, July 11-13. The trip would cost $1,600. The travel would support the school district’s goal of putting in place Common Core state standards, according to the district.

Renaissance is designed to improve school culture, climate and academics, according to the school district. The conference takes place at the Omni Champions Gate Resort in Florida.

Melissa Farrar, coordinator of educational technology for Fairfield-Suisun, will attend the International Society for Technology in Education conference from June 28 through July 1 in Atlanta, if trustees approve the travel.

The school district said the $2,500 trip would also support Common Core. The event will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.

The nonprofit International Society supports the use of information technology for teaching K-12 students.

A Grange Middle School teacher will attend Project Lead the Way, a professional development program to implement science, technology, engineering and math instruction in middle and high schools, at a cost of $2,100. The event will take place at the Oregon Institute of Technology.

Fairfield-Suisun spent $616,596 last fiscal year on travel and conferences. Such costs by February had totaled $457,484.

The out-of-state travel trustees take up Thursday is on the consent calendar, intended for routine items.

Trustees meet at 6 p.m. in the board room at the school district central office, 2490 Hilborn Road in Fairfield.

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

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  • FedUpApril 08, 2014 - 6:54 am

    No, No, No! How can we stop this frivolous waste of funds sorely needed to teach our youngsters?

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  • S KApril 08, 2014 - 7:02 am

    Yet go back and read the story about them wanting voters to pass a parcel tax. NO WAY, NO WAY, NO WAY!!!!!!!

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  • FedUpApril 08, 2014 - 7:04 am

    I posted the first comment before I spotted this DR item: Parcel tax survey results go before Fairfield-Suisun trustees. What will it take for us taxpayers (including renters who will have the parcel tax added to their rent ) to stop this frivolity. Wake up, folks: these are hard times and we must put a stop to wasteful spending at every level of government.

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  • OscarApril 08, 2014 - 8:03 am

    Are you kidding me? One of the premier resorts in the Northwest? Is this really necessary? The question really is, do I want to pay for it, and the answer is no.

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  • S KApril 08, 2014 - 8:19 am

    So say NO NO NO to any new taxes, including a parcel tax, etc. They ALL GET INCREASED!!!!!!

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  • Ray StreibApril 08, 2014 - 7:44 pm

    Instead of a two-day conference, why not make it a two day SKYPE exchange of information? Doesn't the district have classes training students to do this kind of magic? Have meals catered and brought in to the attendees. Save a bunch by lunch and be a winner by dinner!

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  • rlw895April 09, 2014 - 8:18 am

    Yes, Oscar, how did you enjoy that piece of irrelevant raw meat Ryan threw in there for you? A lot, it appears.

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  • WoW.... Who Moved My Cheese...April 08, 2014 - 8:22 am

    One of the most Stupid books I have ever read... fits in with this type of Conference Stuff.

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  • B. ThiemerApril 08, 2014 - 11:42 am

    "Fairfield-Suisun spent $616,596 last fiscal year on travel and conferences. Such costs by February had totaled $457,484." I'm curious when they did their reserach for the proposed school bond if they asked the responders how they felt about all this travel.

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  • patrickApril 08, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    we will remember the trustees, HOW DARE YOU USE THE WORD TRUST IN YOUR TITLE

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  • Rick WoodApril 08, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    Let us hope our elected representatives are not intimidated by these posts and similar uninformed comments and do the right thing. There's no one here who knows enough about these expenses to say they are a waste. And I don't intend to learn enough myself. That's what we elected the Governing Board to do.

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  • FedUpApril 08, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    "Uninformed comment"? Rick Wood you are the very model of the perfect bureaucrat, ready to leap to the defense of every new tax, every frivolous expenditure by your compatriots feeding at the public trough. What will it take to make you and your fellow merry band of tax-and-spendthrifts stop digging in the pockets of your fellow citizens to feed your voracious appetites for lavish junkets, bloated salaries, and absolutely unjustifiable retirement plans? Be happy living off your 100K plus pension but leave off your criticisms and snarky attacks on those who seek basic frugality in government.

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  • Rick WoodApril 09, 2014 - 2:03 am

    Hi George or George disciple. Why not reveal yourself? Embarrassed by making the personal attacks? I actually don't condone any of those awful things. What I'm criticizing are the critics and their knee-jerk reactions. Bring me the data, and I'll be with you. You can't. But the data is already going to the governing board we elected so we don't have to look at it. That's the way our republican form of government works. Do you have a problem with that?

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  • FedUpApril 09, 2014 - 6:36 am

    What a useless response from you, Rick Wood. What you are saying is that once we elect someone to any position of authority we are forbidden by the "republican form of government" from forever challenging the acts of those elected officials. According to you once we elect someone we must "trust" them and never examine what they do or "look at" the data those elected officials used to make decisions. Silly, crazy, absolutely incorrect, Rick Wood. And I use an alias because I am physically afraid of the bullies who are on your side of this argument.

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  • Rick WoosApril 09, 2014 - 8:15 am

    I will let neutral parties decide who's writings here are bullying. And, as I wrote, I'm not so much trusting as presenting the other side against the bullies. So few of the silent majority speak up for our government, I figure if I--a former government employee and school board member--won't, who will?

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  • Also Fed Up!April 08, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    Wait a minute! Since when is it a priority for ELEMENTARY students to learn about careers and college? I asked my 16 year old son today if his school counselor had ever spoken to him about careers or the fact that he wanted to go to college. His response? "No way, Mom! They don't talk to us about anything but scheduling classes for next semester." So my point is, it appears our district's trustees are confused as to which staff really need to be educated. Stop wasting so much money on workshops outside our state. There are workshops in CA that would be just as great with those same topics.

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  • deeApril 08, 2014 - 7:45 pm

    The money spent on this would pay for 10 teachers for a whole school year. Whoever wrote the bit about the llamas must've been a jaded educator. We are the llamas the students are the vicious tigers? Really? What a waste of a college education to write that sentence, knowing its intended use was for a group of college educated teachers.

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  • Rick WoodApril 09, 2014 - 2:07 am

    That depends on what your definition of "this" is. And I still think your math is wrong.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1fJwS_SWD8April 09, 2014 - 6:21 am

    Hillary Clinton defends "We Came, We Saw, he Died"..... You people can not tell me that this woman? ( demon possessed entity ) does not give you the creeps.... she is just not as slick but as sick as Bill.... Why do we keep electing Illuminati ( Bushs ) and Illuminati puppets to the Presidency and Senate.. McCain, Schumer, Feinstein, Boxer, Libermann ( McCain's handler? ) Gaddafi was not perfect and Libya actually did not do the Lockerbee bombings.... They killed him because he was trying to set up their own banking system to help the people of Libya and Africa. Obama is another Illuminati puppet.

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