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.
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