No comment by trustees as they OK $128,900 consultant’s contract

By From page A4 | July 11, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A $128,900 contract for Capturing Kids’ Hearts training that includes costs for $300-an-hour calls to school district administrators – and the option for extra $3,000-a-day consulting – won approval Thursday without comment by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees after a teacher and a resident questioned the pact.

Monica Brown, a teacher at Green Valley Middle School, said the school district told Green Valley no funds were available for four computers and to ask a parents group about paying for such technology.

She said she knew trustees would approve the contract and lamented what she called a “top-down” policy that reflects a disconnect between staffs at schools and the district office.

Suisun City resident George Gwynn Jr. told trustees, “You guys need to be more careful with money.”

The Flippen Group in College Station, Texas will provide the Capturing Kids’ Hearts professional development in Fairfield “to promote positive school and district cultures,” according to the yearlong contract.

“We help ‘grow greatness’ by developing relationships and processes that bring out the best in people,” a project overview by The Flippen Group states in part.

Sheila McCabe, executive director of administrative services for the Fairfield-Suisun district, has said the professional development series addresses student engagement and customer service. Training for administrators and teachers will address discipline referrals, attendance rates and academic performance, she said.

“The contract includes multiple workshops and follow-up coaching for central office and site staff,” she said. “In addition, central office staff will be receiving training to provide support to our first pilot schools.”

A school district written response – to a question Trustee Pat Shamansky submitted about the contract before the board meeting – said the district’s goal is to extend Capturing Kids’ Hearts into various schools.

Many central office staff will be trained to provide support to the district’s first pilot schools, the response adds. Armijo High School, B. Gale Wilson School, the Matt Garcia Learning Center, and Rolling Hills and Tolenas elementary schools will lead implementation in the school district, according to the response.

The $128,900 contract is separate from a conference this month when 15 Fairfield-Suisun district employees, including two school district trustees, will travel to San Diego to attend a Capturing Kids’ Hearts conference. Costs for the 15 school district employees to stay at the San Diego Marriott while attending the conference will total $10,886.

McCabe said the school district is receiving 14 stipends for staff to attend the training in Southern California.

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

Ryan McCarthy


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  • The communityJuly 11, 2014 - 12:45 am

    They seem to be going to all these "learning conferences", but stil haven't figured out why they replace FHS principal every other year. The money needs to go helping the kids learn and not helping these district officials to go on paid vacations.

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  • 2realJuly 11, 2014 - 5:49 am

    What a shame

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  • Rudy MadronichJuly 11, 2014 - 8:58 am

    No comment by the trustiees that is because they cannot defend their dicission to pay for another payed vacation for the select few that get this perk. Just another waste of tax payer's money

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  • clancyJuly 11, 2014 - 11:45 am

    What a racket!! Are these school officials elected?

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  • MikeJuly 11, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    Oh yes, they most certainly are elected.

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