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 [email protected]


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  • Salty DogJune 24, 2014 - 5:44 am

    Just another paid vacation for 15 of the select few.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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???

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  • 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!

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  • 2realJune 24, 2014 - 5:04 pm

    Where did they get the money from? Bertanis perks?

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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...

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  • 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!!!!!!

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  • 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.

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