Sunday, December 21, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

San Diego hotel costs for Fairfield-Suisun school staff total $10,886

By
From page A6 | June 25, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Costs for 15 Fairfield-Suisun School District employees to stay at the San Diego Marriott while attending a Capturing Kids’ Hearts conference next month will total $10,886 – with airfare and additional expenses to be detailed later.

Five school district administrators, five site administrators, two school board members, one teacher, one counselor and the president of the Fairfield-Susiun Unified Teachers Association will attend the July 21-24 event in San Diego.

The Texas-based company The Flippen Group, which holds the conferences, charges $555 per person for such events, according to its website.

Susan Flippen, CEO of the group, whose chairman and founder is Flip Flippen, said classroom management models and establishing emotionally safe environments for students are among subjects of the conference.

In the long run, the event saves taxpayer dollars by helping to produce more effective teachers – and administrators who assist instructors in establishing classrooms that raise student achievement, Susan Flippen said.

The Flippens were named Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2011 for the Gulf Coast Area by the global firm Ernst and Young.

The Flippen Group is one of the largest educator training companies and one of the fastest-growing leadership development organizations in North America, according to its website. Thousands of school districts use the company’s  educational processes and curricula, the website states.

Hotel costs for the San Diego conference are included in warrants as part of the Fairfield-Suisun School District board agenda for its Thursday meeting. The travel did not go before the board separately because it is in-state.

Trustee Dave Gaut, is not among school board members making the trip, but said it’s important for people to attend Capturing Kids’ Hearts training rather than read about it.

“It doesn’t teach you the same way,” he said of second-hand instruction. “You don’t take it home quite the same.”

Of the 10 administrators attending the conference, Gaut said they “have to be on top of this.”

“Otherwise this isn’t going to work,” said the school district trustee.

Spending on travel and conferences by the school district is estimated to increase in the 2-14-15 budget year by 11 percent to $1 million, according to a draft budget.

The figure includes costs for employees, such as psychologists, to travel from school to school, as well as the expense for teachers and other staff to attend conferences in California and other states.

Trustees meet in open session at 6 p.m. in the central office board room at 2490 Hilborn Road in Fairfield.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

 

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 16 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Salty DogJune 24, 2014 - 5:44 am

    Just another paid vacation for 15 of the select few.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • S KJune 24, 2014 - 6:08 am

    No matter what they say about the benefits of such an event, these junkets must stop. One person, maybe, who can then relay the info, but with today's technology, all this info can be received via teleconferencing. We all need to vote for people that will end these, especially when money is tight!!!!!! And when THOSE people, are in office, hold their feet to the fire.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Not Again!June 24, 2014 - 6:24 am

    Remember this junket when these bozos start action for a tax increase, parcel tax, bond, or whatever. We must stop frivolous spending now!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • S KJune 24, 2014 - 6:28 am

    You've got that right!!!!!!!!!And remember the school Board electable officials that condone these junkets. The Daily Repub. needs to stay on top of those persons running that do & don't come election time.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • BobJune 24, 2014 - 6:30 am

    Why can't a program be held here in Solano for every teacher to go to, no travel, no hotel, no meals(maybe lunch) make them come to us

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • S KJune 24, 2014 - 6:34 am

    No matter where they are held, and they are held across the nation, the keyword to use, TELECONFERENCING. Their own I.T. department can and should be able to set it up. No hotshots consultants needed, unless of course the people providing whatever conference does not provide a teleconference feed, which of course would probably have some fee attached, but way way less.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Not Again!June 24, 2014 - 6:47 am

    $10,886 for hotels, $8,325 for the appropriately named "Flippen Group," and still to pay for travel, food, and who knows what else. ONE teacher is going, the rest are fat cats. Do they have their priorities right? How stupid do they think we are? How stupid are we to put up with this waste and extravagance? 14 deadwood and 1 teacher. Time to clean house.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Dexter FowlerJune 24, 2014 - 8:12 am

    Insane! Yet the sheeple of Fairfield will vote for another tax increase when the city council et al come crying about how Fairfield will turn into a crime ridden deadbeat town if a tax increase isnt passed. Newsflash we already are one! Dont let them scare you into more tax increases for nonsense like this. Ever hear of webinars???

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Are you kidding me?June 24, 2014 - 10:24 am

    Why not just skype the whole thing and then use the 10k on the kids! Our public schools are a joke!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 2realJune 24, 2014 - 5:04 pm

    Where did they get the money from? Bertanis perks?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • TimJune 24, 2014 - 8:30 pm

    Have to stay at the Marriott? Ever heard of Motel 6? Your there for a conference not a vacation.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • TimJune 24, 2014 - 8:33 pm

    15 people needing their own rooms? If the students went down for a conference they would require them to be 2 or 3 in a room..............Why do we have 15 individual rooms? Otherwise the math doesnt add up to 10k . And they think we need a school levy? Think again

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JagJune 24, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    School Choice,,,,, School Choice …. School Choice,,, Give us this and you can take all the trips you want, BUT if no one is attending your schools you figure out a way to pay for it, I would love to be given one school that my local taxes can go to for my child and I will pay the additional cost and because I now would have an investment in this school we as parents could get a monthly expense report and any request the school would like to do. Total control

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Ulises GuberJune 24, 2014 - 8:59 pm

    ok so this isn't the full cost, just hotel expense ... so couldn't this be done over the internet or wait here is another thought, don't do this at all..., capture kids hearts by giving them an education that will lead to employment and a brighter future. I sure hate all that liberal feal good crud and I sure don't want to pay for it...

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • SKJune 24, 2014 - 9:45 pm

    Vote all the electable BUMS out whenever they run. And pass the word to EVERYONE, NO NEW TAXES of ANY KIND!!!!!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr.RJune 25, 2014 - 7:56 am

    Why not send 2 people then they could hold a workshop when they returned. What a waste of tax dollars.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

The Salvation Army serves 1,000-plus across 2 days

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Blue Christmas service offers reflection, hope

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1

Shining bright for all to see: Locals deck out yards, homes

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: C1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Time for annual Solano County quiz

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2

Bevy of holiday activities at Western Railway Museum

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Discovery Kingdom upgrades animal, marine mammal facilities

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

State Fair scholarship applications available

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

 
Get tested, know your status

By Morgan Westfall | From Page: C4

 
Free New Year’s celebration slated

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A5

 
 
New development fees start Jan. 1 in Vacaville

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A5

New technology chief will join McNaughton Newspapers

By Tanya Perez | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
A word of warning for Senator Warren

By Bud Stevenson | From Page: B7, 1 Comment

 
Fairfield police log: Dec. 19, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Suisun City police log: Dec. 19, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Sky-high price has VA rationing hep C drug

By Tom Philpott | From Page: B10

.

US / World

AP sources: Cops’ killer angry at chokehold death

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 3 Comments

 
Air Force admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work?

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Officials: Missing dog was dyed to deceive

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Immigrants build document trails to remain in US

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
California officer kills teen after machete attack

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Police brutality protesters rally at Mall of America

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

4 teens die in fiery head-on crash in Pennsylvania

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
2 dozen injured in southern Indiana bus crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Texas ranchers seeking alternative incomes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

2 car bombs rock southern Sweden’s city of Malmo

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Bombings kill 12 in Iraq

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Panama’s Noriega in prison 25 years post-invasion

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Burying the dead after Pakistan’s school massacre

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and US

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

.

Opinion

Editorial Cartoon: Dec. 21, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
New school finance strategy lacks accountability

By Dan Walters | From Page: A8

Season’s greetings from the Obamas

By Alexandra Petri | From Page: A8

 
Sound off for Dec. 21, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

 
.

Living

Today in History: Dec. 21, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Vatican offers olive branch to US nuns

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

Why celebrate Christmas?

By Noel Reese | From Page: C3, 1 Comment

 
Horoscopes: Dec. 21, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: C4

Should I ask grandson why we weren’t included in wedding photos?

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: C4

 
.

Entertainment

Publisher hopes to sell books through Twitter

By The Associated Press | From Page: C6

 
Chris Colfer has multi-book deal

By The Associated Press | From Page: C6

Jerry Lee Lewis: Sustained by brief blaze of glory

By The Associated Press | From Page: C6

 
Review: ‘Five’ by Ursula Archer is intriguing

By The Associated Press | From Page: C6

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

By The Associated Press | From Page: C6

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

.

Sports

Interim coaching jobs present challenges in bowls

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
49ers squander 21-point lead in 4th straight loss

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

New Giants 3B McGehee eager to play back home

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
No. 11 Lady Vols trounce No. 7 Stanford 59-40

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Eagles near elimination, fall 27-24 to Redskins

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Raiders place cornerback Brown on injured reserve

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Big moves bring big hope for Chicago baseball

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
US skier Nyman wins Gardena downhill for 3rd time

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Vonn wins women’s World Cup downhill in France

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
This date in sports history for Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
.

Business

Your info has been hacked. Now what do you do?

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
On the money: 4 ways to hold on to your cash when renting a car

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Recalls this week: Bean bag chairs, toy monkeys

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Scarecrows outnumber people in dying Japan town

By The Associated Press | From Page: B12

.

Obituaries

Dominic C. Scolaro

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Barbara Jean Bidstrup Braker

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Perry Michael Smetts

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Luzdivina B. Banks

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Arnold Howard Evans

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Anthony Hanson Elder

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Marian Kay Zutz

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Bart Ferro

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics